Dorset Badminton Committee
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Affiliated Club Rep
CHAIRMAN, MASTERS CO-ORDINATOR, AFFILIATED CLUB REPRESENTATIVE
Brian Randall has been on our committee for over 15 years, and is the backbone of the committee. He is a former County Champion and has represented Dorset since 1974. He still plays for us at Masters Over 65 level and is the team captain. He has co-ordinated all the Masters Teams for the last 7 years and his input at that level is enormous. He is also our link between clubs and ourselves, and as such by playing in club matches for the last 30 years maintains a valuable contact with players in the County.
He retired early from a career with BT and now works part time at R.C.Arts.
He is a past Chairman of Round Table and 41 Club locally and has through these groups raised many thousands for charity. Also was a Justice of the Peace for many years.
He retired early from a career with BT and now works part time at R.C.Arts. He is a past Chairman of Round Table and 41 Club locally and has through these groups raised many thousands for charity. Also was a Justice of the Peace for many years.
GENERAL SECRETARY, MATCH AND FIXTURES SECRETARY, AFFILIATIONS SECRETARY, BADMINTON ENGLAND REPRESENTATIVE
Roy Carder unbelievably, has been on the Dorset Committee since 1974, holding virtually all posts starting with Secretary and Treasurer at that time. He is one of the most experienced voluntary administrators in the country, having also held posts with Dorset Tennis ( a current Vice President), and was Manager of the West Hants Tennis Club for five years. He saw through the amalgamation of Dorset Juniors and Seniors, started the Dorset League in its current format, achieved Lottery funding for the Poole Sports Centre, represented Dorset in the South West, and now nationally at Badminton England. He started Masters Badminton some 25 years ago in the region, and then developed it nationwide in 1997. The Master’s Championships and Challenge formats are both results of his work and continue to grow. He is currently Chairman of the Masters Policy Group, and sits on the Competition and Events Group at Badminton England HQ. He is also a Regional Badminton Referee.
On the playing field he played badminton for Dorset for 50 years, having won many singles and doubles titles between 1975 and 1983. He was also a County Tennis Doubles Champion. After 16 years in banking he spent 5 years managing West Hants, yet retained his links to East Dorset Tennis where he held numerous posts. After that he has been involved in his own business as an Art Dealer and Picture Framer.
Alan Breakwell has been involved in Dorset Badminton for over 20 years. Was Chairman of Dorset Juniors and Dorset Badminton once the full amalgamation took place. His steady hand has been invaluable over the years and most of the principles adopted today for Junior’s were established during his tenure. Due to his enthusiasm and drive, Dorset finds itself as one of the most prolific counties for juniors despite being one of the smallest areas in the country.
He was Chief Executive of East Dorset District Council, a post he has just retired from, but his interest remains with us due to his Presidency and his son Paul, our Treasurer.
Under 17 Squad Manager
TREASURER UNDER 17 SQUAD MANAGER
Paul Breakwell volunteered as a coach some 20 years ago, and just simply keeps going. He worked for Dorset Schools as a squad coach up to the time of merger with Dorset Badminton. He was also the Treasurer for the Schools Association, and it was a natural progression to County Treasurer upon amalgamation. He has continued his voluntary work as a coach and for the past ten years been our Under 17 Squad Manager. How can anyone be at County training every Sunday during the winter, and run the squad, whilst running teams around for Inter County matches! A tremendous sacrifice over a very long period of time. A very dedicated volunteer whose will be missed should he ever resign. Do not even think about it Paul!
He has played since the age of eleven, and represented Dorset at Under 12, 14 and 16. A team member of Poole Dolphins Badminton Club for many years, he has recently returned to play there. He was the Club’s Treasurer for over ten years. Naturally seeing his involvement in accounts it will come as no surprise to learn that he works for a firm of Accountants.
JUNIOR SECRETARY PARENT REPRESENTATIVE TOURNAMENT ASSISTANT
Julie Bliss is known as the paperwork queen, and has meticulously kept the records of all junior players, as well as acting as our minutes secretary for meetings. She has been on the committee for 6 years now and has proved to be a committed member with badminton interests at heart. She has all the answer regarding Junior Badminton in the County.
She has played with her husband Simon at FSRC for many years, but has dedicated her time more recently to her two sons, who both have progressed through the DBA system.
SCHOOLS LIASON OFFICER
Sandy Jones was our full time Development Officer for 3 years and during that time she opened many doors between us and Schools. Not only does she know everyone involved in Schools and Active Dorset, she was directly responsible for introducing taster sessions and BISI festivals throughout Dorset Schools. Her work during those three years was invariably over 50 hours per week, and the strides we made in our development proved how hard she had worked. Sadly funding for this role has ceased. She has been active as Junior Squad Manager for many years and also undertook the role of Senior Squad Manager for the past three years. No mean feat looking after 24 matches and over 50 players.
She is Chairman and Secretary of her own club at Avonbourne School three evenings every week of the year and this has been going since 1980. She is An Advanced Level Coach and has taught hundreds of juniors and seniors over the past 20 years. Was involved in Dorset Schools and now with Dorset Badminton for over 30 years.
SENIOR SQUAD MANAGER LEVEL 3 QUALIFIED COACH
Tom Dudley has become a top class coach after a glittering playing career that came to an end through injury. He has ten years coaching experience and apart from work done in Dorset he is highly regarded at Badminton England, and has coached the Under 15 National Squad. In addition he has presented at a National Performance Centre conference recently, and is also a Bournemouth Performance Centre Coach. His knowledge of badminton and experience as a player, of top coaching methods will stand Dorset in very good stead. His laid back manner seems to be successful with players of all ages.
As a player he won 3 National Junior titles, at least 7 Junior International titles and was ranked number 1 in Europe at junior level. He was a full time player from the age of 16 at the High Performance Centre in Bath, and has played in Indonesia and Japan, and all over Europe. Locally he has been Captain of Dorset’s 1st team and won our County Singles Championship at the age of only 16. He is a Dorset Singles and Doubles Champion many times over. We hope his skills in the coming years will help many players achieve their goals.
JUNIOR SQUAD MANAGER LEVEL 2 COACH
(Seems like forever) Mark Lever has been a full time coach for over 20 years now. Starting out at Poole Sports Centre coaching and taking evening groups he has expanded beyond belief since that time. He has coached in schools all over Dorset and an expert in BISI Festivals. He has been our Squad Coach on Sundays for 15 years and before that was coach to the Dorset Junior Committee. In addition he has coached out Gold, Silver and Bronze groups and is currently joining with Ryan Ellis on Monday evenings for what he describes as a “dynamic session”.
He has been a staunch Yonex agent for many years and is one of the Yonex Stringing Team at the All England each year. Since he started a restringing service locally he has probably strung over 5000 rackets and used 10 miles of gut. He has his own outlet at Broadstone Sports Centre for those wanting rackets, shoes, kit etc. Using his Yonex connections he has supplied Dorset badminton with thousands of shuttles at no profit to himself, and in turn we have been able to supply clubs at cost.
On the coaching side he is one of the few coaches who can command a presence sufficient to take a whole age group of 30/40 children on a Sunday morning every 2 hours. His preparation and coaching plans are legendary, as are his blip tests. He has the skills to take children at an early age and this is where we think he excels. He puts the “fun” into coaching which is so important.
On the playing field he still turns out for club matches, and played Senior County for a number of years. We hope he can maintain his enthusiasm to continue for many more years as he is the “face” of Dorset badminton and coaching. In terms of man hours he is beyond doubt one of the most experienced coach in the country. ( probably 30 hours per week for 30 years). By my reckoning that’s over 40,000 hours on court. If he was a car he should have had at least 3 services and a new gear box.
Junior Tournament Officer
SENIOR TOURNAMENT ORGANISER/SECRETARY AND REFEREE JUNIOR TOURNAMENT SECRETARY
Alex May stepped into the role of Tournament organiser five years ago, mainly because of his computer skills. Having mastered the Badminton England Tournament software, he has on several occasions been responsible for correcting their own programmes. Recently he has also undertaken the role of Junior Tournament Secretary, so is now responsible for running 7 events during our calendar. The time he gives up voluntarily to these events is huge, not only on the day but of course beforehand with all the preparation.
He is also a player and can be found at Avonbourne in one of Sandy Jones’s groups. He spends nearly all his summer holiday doing voluntary work, going on camps, and organising youth events. Currently works at Parkstone Grammar School.
U13 Junior Squad Manager
UNDER 11 and 13 SQUAD MANAGER FEEDER SQUAD MANAGER LEVEL 2 QUALIFIED COACH
Kirsty Wilcox is not content with being the Under 11 and Under 13 Coach/Manager she coaches our Feeder Squad on Saturday morning’s right through the year. Great energy and organisational skills are required to supervise over 70 children in these groups. She has been involved for five years now and her Saturday groups continue to grow. Her input at Committee is always positive and straight to the point. Another volunteer on Sundays, always there at 8.30 am. Where would we be without her.
As a player she has represented the County for many years both as a Junior and Senior player, and still turns out when time allows. She is trying to make coaching a full time occupation and teaches badminton in several schools in the area.
DORSET LEAGUE SECRETARY LEVEL 2 COACH
David Marsh seems to have been around for ages. He has an impressive list of achievements. He has been a coach for over 8 years taking beginners right up to County level. He has assisted our Sunday groups as a Manager and coach and has fronted many Elite sessions. He has been Head Coach at Ferndown Leisure Centre, and now operates out of Sir David English where he is also a Personal Trainer Level 3 REPS. He has 9 years experience in Gym and Personal Training as well as being an Instructor for Spinning, Abs, Circuits and the Swiss Ball.
On the badminton front he has represented the County for 6 years now and has been Captain of the 3rd team. His highest national ranking was 68, and he has won many trophies at County level.
He took over the running of the Dorset league 4 years ago and has stamped his own ideas on the competition. His input as a volunteer is valued.
CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER
Lesley Cerfontyne has an important position, but very fortunately she is rarely called upon to impart her knowledge. The role is one that speaks for itself, but fortunately with CRB checks etc her work is minimal. However that does not mean to say that her contribution to Dorset Badminton is unimportant. She rarely misses committee meetings and always makes her voice heard during important discussions.
Her main claim to fame is being mum to Nicola, and continuing to support her in her playing career in every way. A product of Dorset’s coaching system, Nicola was National Champion three years ago, and has been constantly ranked in the top five in the country.
Lesley has been on our committee for ten years now and we would miss her presence if she was not there. So keep coming please and bring that smile with you.
Carole Donnelly’s post may not seem very important but Carole has already put her hand up to help with tasks where extra man power is needed. She is the person who links views between parents, players and our committee. So if you have any wonderful ideas of how we can improve our service to Dorset Juniors, or if you have a particular complaint, then Carole is the person you need to turn to, with also Jon Bagram and Julie Bliss as back up. By her own admission she has not played badminton, but with a son having gone through the Dorset Juniors and out the other side, and a daughter currently in our Under 15 squad, I bet she has watched more than her fair share of badminton. Who knows once she has stopped driving children around the country to play in matches or tournaments, we might even introduce her to the shuttle. She has swam for Bournemouth and played school team hockey, netball and athletics.
She is an active member of the PSA for Bournemouth School for Girls, and been a specialist learning support volunteer in local schools.