– Or so it does for veteran badminton players!




Here’s an opportunity to extend your playing career with some enjoyable competition against other similar aged people in the South West area.


If you would like the chance to represent Devon in the Inter-County Masters (previously called ‘Veterans’) badminton competitions and are aged 40 or over please contact Devon County Veterans Co-ordinator: Margaret Banyard on 01752-319471, or Dylys Bradshaw on 01752-402015, by Thursday 14 September.


Trials for team selection are being held at The Acorn Centre, Torquay, on

Sunday 17 September.


The competitions are divided into the following age-groups – Over 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70.


Approximately 60 players from all over Devon are normally involved in the programme of matches, and the Devon County Badminton Association are keen to invite veterans who are still playing at a good standard in local clubs and leagues.  Previous county playing experience in their younger days is not necessary.


We are particularly keen to hear from players in the Over 40, 45, 55 & 60 age brackets, also any seventy year olds!

UKCC Level 1 Badminton Coach Course

Badminton England are running UKCC Level 1 badminton coaching course at Bridgwater College Academy Sports Dev Centre, Parkway, Bridgwater, Somerset,TA6 4QY on the following dates:


Further information can be found at

AGM – Wednesday 16th June 2016

Dear all,

The Devon County Badminton Association (DCBA) Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 15th June 2016 at Alphington Methodist Church Hall, Chapel Road, Alphington, Exeter, EX2 8TB, commencing at 7.30pm. An agenda will be circulated shortly after the 11th May 2016.

Please note that all committee positions are up for re-election. all current DCBA committee members are prepared to stand for re-election APART FROM THE CHAIR AND SENIOR MATCH SECRETARY WHO ARE NOT STANDING FOR RE-ELECTION AT THE AGM.

Nominations are especially invited for these positions. If anyone seeks information about what these roles entail, please contact Matt Raasch-Sotinwa (secretary) or Malcolm Slack (vice-chair) in the first instance.

Nominations for positions on the board must be lodged in writing with the DCBA secretary no later than 23.59pm, Monday 1st June 2016. Email submissions are acceptable. All nominations must be proposed and seconded by Devon County Badminton Association affiliated members. A DCBA affiliated member is anyone who is a registered member of any DCBA affiliated club.

Any proposals to be discussed and voted upon at the AGM must be lodged, in writing (emails submissions are acceptable) with the DCBA secretary no later than 23.59pm, Saturday 30th April 2016.

Any nominations or proposals received after the above stated time and date shall not be accepted.
All District/Juniors/Seniors/Veterans representatives have been emailed the calling letter. Please contact them if you do not receive it within the next few days.

Yours faithfully,

Matt Raasch-Sotinwa

Devon County Badminton Association

Jim Blair

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Jim Blair. Jim (Betty Blair’s Father) was a former Devon County committee member and Player at Exeter Badminton Club in the 60s and 70s.
He died peacefully on Saturday 12 March 2016 aged 89.  This was following a sudden deterioration in his health.
The funeral service will be on Wednesday 30 March 2016 at St Peters Chapel, Exeter & Devon Crematorium, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX26EU at 3.30pm.  Followed by refreshments at The Topsham Room, Exeter Golf & Countly Club, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 7AE
Family Flowers only.   Donations to aid Parkinson’s research and support can be made in Jim’s memory by retiring collection or sent to B E J Woodley Funeral Directors, Exeter Road, Newton Poppleford, Devon, EX10 0BJ.  Donations may also be made online to

New website

We are in the process of updating the DCBA website to allow us to more easily publish and distribute information online.

The old website will be available whilst the relevant content is moved over to the new site.

Please note: not all old content will be moved to the new website.