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School Sport: Coopers Coborn boys make history

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 March 2015

Coopers Coborn celebrate their London Youth Games schools' badminton gold medal (pic: Ying Pan Wu/LYG)

Coopers Coborn celebrate their London Youth Games schools' badminton gold medal (pic: Ying Pan Wu/LYG)

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Badminton squad reach first national finals

A Coopers Coborn pupil plays a backhand shot (pic: Ying Pan Wu/LYG)A Coopers Coborn pupil plays a backhand shot (pic: Ying Pan Wu/LYG)

Coopers Coborn’s under-14 boys badminton team became the Upminster school’s first-ever to reach the National finals this week.

Having already won the Havering and East London finals, they went up against their rivals from across the capital at Crystal Palace – in an event that counted towards the London Youth Games – and won gold.

Assistant head Mark Duncan said: “It was a real rollercoaster of emotions, with nerves and excitement all playing a part in the matches.

“The team are absolutely delighted to make it through to Centre Parcs and it is our first Coopers boys’ side to ever reach the National finals.

A Coopers Coborn pupils reaches to play a shot (pic: Ying Pan Wu/LYG)A Coopers Coborn pupils reaches to play a shot (pic: Ying Pan Wu/LYG)

“The team will be practising hard in school and working with their clubs, including Emerson Eagles, and coaches in order to be in the best form possible for the finals.”

Coopers edged out Wimbledon Hall School from Merton 3-2, with wins in the doubles thanks to some fine tactics to cut out a stronger opposition player.

And they saw off Dormers Wells 4-1, before a 3-2 loss to Achland Burghley left them sweating on the outcome of the remaining fixture.

Dormers Wells beat Achland Burghley, which meant Coopers claimed top spot and Duncan added: “One point we thought we weren’t through, then it was a three-way tie, then it was a two-way tie and then they managed it, so they’re absolutely delighted.

“We do love a national final and badminton is one of the elusive ones we’ve not been to for the last 20 years, so it’s a great piece of silverware and it’s going to be another step up.”

Coopers also finished third in the year eight girls’ sportshall athletics and the year seven netball competitions.


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