Badminton players from Stantonbury Campus put themselves on the international map after a brilliant fifth place finish in the World Schools Championships earlier this month.
The team of Jed Arksey, Harry Arksey, Alex Patya, Steven Stallwood and Matthew York are the current national champions, with Stantonbury Campus widely recognised as the dominant force in schools badminton.
And they carried that confidence into the tournament in Chinese Taipei, where they took 5-0 victories over Brazil and Bulgaria, and 3-2 wins against France and Turkey.
Stantonbury then faced overwhelming favourites Chinese Taipei (who went on to win the tournament) in the quarter finals. The one team they wanted to avoid. Unfortunately, they were completely outclassed by their hosts, losing 5-0.
This led to a game against another losing quarter final side, Turkey.
On this occasion revenge was sweet, winning 4-1 against the Turks having lost to them in the group stage, to set up a fixture with Scotland to decide fifth and sixth place.
Stantonbury had a comfortable 5-0 victory over the Scots to finish in fifth place overall.
Mike Stewart, the Stantonbury’s coach, feels the boys have had an excellent tournament playing against the world’s very best players in their age group, with the Chinese Taipei team in particular being sensational.
“Our boys have played out of their skin,” he said. “Their level of performance has been outstanding and I don’t think they could have played any better.
“They should feel extremely proud of themselves. Finishing fifth in the world is an unbelievable achievement considering the tough opposition they faced.
“Throughout the tournament they have certainly been fantastic ambassadors for Stantonbury Campus, Milton Keynes and England.”