Slovak International Futures Circuit- Senior title for Ben

Ben and Alex travelled to Slovak for the Futures event, and their first experience of the 5×11 trial format. Both boys are signed with MK team for the new national league which is an even shorter 9 point format and will be on Sky.

Alex had reached the semi last year but that proved a high point as his season was wrecked by injury and he missed many events or wasn’t fully fit. Alex trained full time with senior England over the summer but still supported by and working with Sue and Darren. He made a strong start to this season, in the second round Alex faced England team mate Sam Parsons who was runner up in senior nationals in February, but Alex showed he is getting back to full strength by beating Sam in a close five set thriller. Alex went on to make the semi but lost out to the 1 seed Almer 11-10 11-7 11-8. A good result he can build on over the next few months. Alex would like to thank Devon Badminton Association for their grant towards his tournament costs.

Ben, having won two European junior titles last year, has set his sights on progressing at senior internationals and building his world ranking. He made the best possible start winning the Slovak men’s doubles with Sean Vendy. Unseeded the boys stormed through the draw beating the Czech pairing of Drancak /Janacek in the final 11-10 11-5 11-10. Ben also reached second round of mixed with Jess Pugh, losing out to a strong dutch pair in five close sets. A stunning start to the season for Ben , who next partners Matt Corby at Lancs gold, and then targets wimbledon international in September. We would like to thank Cranford Sports a club for the use of their excellent facilities.
Both Alex and Ben are supported by Forza UK and would like to thank Steve Butler and the Forza team for their constant support.



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Summer training and new season

Players have worked hard over the summer off season. We have run two sessions every Friday at Cranford over the holidays and 4 hours of training every Saturday since the end of the season, in addition to the regular groups and individual sessions. The season is upon us now with BPC u17 silver and Lancs senior gold on 6 sept and Wimbledon u19 gold and notts u15 gold on the 13/14 sept.

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We have seen another season of massive progress and success for Visions players across all age groups and levels. We had players qualifying for all age group nationals.

At International junior level no academy or centre in the country can match our results in the last three years.

International and National – Ben Lane followed in his brother Alex’s footsteps by becoming European under 17 Champion, and then went one better by becoming double champion, winning mixed and doubles gold. Ben also had superb results at the World U19 Juniors, challenging Asia’s best, won another Danish Cup Individual Gold in Mixed, and was unbeaten at both U17 and U19 Nationals in the mixed and doubles.

Betty Blair represented England at the O45 World Seniors and picked up Gold in Women’s doubles and Silver in Singles. David Follett continued to represent England at Parabadminton events.

Lauren Cole joined the list of players who have achieved England selection through training with Visions, when she was picked for the U13 Danish Cup, where she reached quarter of mixed and was undefeated in team event. Lauren also bounced back from a serious mid season injury to win the Devon U15 Silver.

Alex continued to train primarily with England at MK, he had a challenging year, and missed several months and Nationals through injury, but he recently bounced back to win Essex Gold, beating the senior England no.2 , and Alex continues to progress on the European circuit.

Domestic Circuit – Matt and Dan Corby added more Silver circuit titles to their list, and reached finals at Gold tournament. Sarah Nickels reached her first Silver final at Cornwall and her highest rankings during the season. Jamie Roberton won the Devon restricted singles.

Emily Killoran showed massive improvement , with several grading upgrades, and progressed at U13 Gold events and got into Gold star for the first time. Lucy Cooper and Anya Paton also improved and both picked up many medals in circuit events in singles and doubles with various partners. Jasmine, Charlotte and Learna all won multiple u11 medals and competed at nationals.

On the boy’s side Owen, Dan, Cameron and Will were regulars on the u13 circuit, often winning medals. Dan won North Devon and was runner up Reading U12, while Owen medalled at a Gold singles. I can’t mention every player but I can’t think of a player who hasn’t developed over the last season.

Thanks to Phillip Drew Decorators who sponsored our Sunday squad sessions in Newton Abbot. Thanks to GMM Insurance who sponsored our shirts, reducing the burden on parents, and Maurice Robinson Sports for supplying and printing the shirts. Many players have asked about tracksuits, we will shortly be offering a new Forza team tracksuit, and other kit to players.

We have seen top players such as Jess Hopton and Carl Baxter working with the players, we are looking at similar opportunities in the future. Thanks to players for their efforts and good attitude, I don’t think we have any players at Visions that aren’t a pleasure to work with. Thanks to parents for their support and loyalty. Next season could be a big year for many players and we look forward to seeing what improvements can be made over the Summer.



* 3 European Junior Gold * 3 Danish Cup Gold * 24 National Jnr Titles * 9 Junior Internationals *

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Ben Lane takes two u17 National titles

Ben added the mixed and men’s doubles u17 titles to the four other major titles he has won this season


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Ben takes European junior title

Ben Lane won the European-under 17 mixed title with Jess Pugh in Turkey today. Ben follows brother Alex by winning the European under 17 event, full report to follow

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Exeter u15 Silver

Lauren Cole won her first title after coming back from injury as the u13 star took the Devon U15 Silver title. Lauren also teamed up with Emily Killoran to finish runner up in u15 doubles. In the singles final Lauren beat Katie Whiteman in 3 sets, fighting back in the deciding set after being behind early in the set. Its been a difficult period for Lauren, after representing England for the first time in the Autumn she broke her ankle and her first tournaments back were extremely high level and tough, but we are pleased to see her getting back to full strength. Good performance from Emily who also reached the semis of the singles and from Will Freer taking u13 doubles bronze, and Lucy Cooper winning u13 doubles.

Lucy has also had injury issues but battled hard in u15 singles on Saturday, as did Anya Paton, Chloe Tsang and Verity Greenaway. Dan Conway, Owen And Ryan waters were also in action. Jacob Cole showed his potential , taking one of the Devon u17 players to 3 sets, and beating other u17s, and in the u15 events scoring important wins.

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