Closure of Virgin Active

Please see the message below from Becky Simpson which will affect all matches due to be played at teh above venue:

Hi All,

As you probably know Virgin Active is sadly closing on the 21st November.
We are aiming to keep going as a badminton club. We have had to pull out of the Brighton league but are very pleased to say that we are going to continue with our two teams in the Mid-Sussex league, these being ladies and mixed div 2. Our fixtures and timings will remain the same but we will play all our home matches at Baca. A big thank you to Nicky from Bats who has kindly offered for us to share her courts when we have matches.

First Mid Sussex Match of 2021/22 Season

On Tuesday 28th September 2021, the first Mid Sussex League match of the season was played at Portslade Leisure Centre and it was wonderful to see competitive badminton back in action. Brighton Valiants hosted the first Mid Sussex Mens Combi Division 1 match against a young and energetic team from the Triangle Tornados. I’ve had the pleasure of playing with all the players in both teams and I knew the stage was set for a thoroughly enjoyable match. The first blood went to the Tornados, with their first pair beating the Valiants first pair 2-1. Next came a victory for the Valiants, with the second pair beating the Tornados’ second pair by 2-0. At 1-1 it was all to play for with 4 more games to come and plenty more action in store. The scores were pretty close throughout the following games, however the Valiants found their rhythm and fought hard to eventually secure themselves a well deserved 5-1 victory. It was a great evening and it left us in no doubt that returning to competitive badminton is something that has been sorely missed and is always a very exciting pastime.

Congratulations must go to Wendy Adams, Brian Hobbs and the Triangle Tornados squad for their efforts and for securing the future of their club, an important resource for high quality Sussex Junior Badminton! If you’re a junior looking to excel you can find their contact info on their club page here.

Congratulations Brighton Valiants and here are a few images from the match.

Nearly There!

Dear All,

With the easing of lockdown restrictions it is hoped that we will soon be back playing badminton. I know this has been a really difficult time for everyone and that some clubs will take a little while to get up and running fully. We hope to be able to be in contact soon with details of the AGM and our plans for next year, but in the meantime, stay well and enjoy getting back on court.

Brian Hobbs

MSDBA League Secretary

Urgent Message re: COVID19

Please see message below from Penny Radford, Chair of the MSDBA:

Dear All,It is with a sad heart that following official government advice issued on Monday 16 March, strongly urging people to avoid unnecessary travel and non-essential social gatherings, we regret to announce that MSDBA, has taken the decision to temporarily postpone all matches within the Mid Sussex League. We take the health and safety of our members (clubs) very seriously and we will continue to monitor the situation and the threat of COVID-19 globally with advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England, as well as that of the local government.It is our intention to arrange the re-commencement of matches as soon as possible, following further government advice. This would be subject to club agreements, court availability and time scales available to complete the season. Please await further announcements.Therefore, could you please cancel all match court bookings with immediate effect and circulate this email to your members, so that everyone is aware. We do hope that your venue will carry forward the booking for a later date but should you incur cancellation charges, MSDBA will cover those costs.Thank you for your understanding and support during these extraordinary times.

For more information on COVID-19 and how to keep safe read here: regardsPenny RadfordCHAIR

Youth Involvement

News of a fantastic evening held at the Triangle last week. Youth players from Lewes Badminton club visited the Triangle Tornados for an evening of fun and competition. For many of the players, it was their first experience of competitive matches and, given this, the standard was quite impressive. Most importantly, the feedback from all the players was that it was a really enjoyable evening and they are all looking forward to the re-match in the New Year.

Special thanks to Neil at Lewes BC for helping to organise the event.

Brian Hobbs

MSDBA League Secretary (& very proud Tornados assistant coach)

NEW Season 2019-2020

Hi everyone. The 2019-2020 Badminton season is nearly upon us with the fixtures meeting due to take place on 24th September at Hurstpierpoint Village Hall.

In advance of this, clubs are asked to confirm which teams they wish to enter by emailing me as soon as practicable.

Additionally, the MSDBA would gladly welcome new clubs / teams for the 2019/20 season. If you are interested in joining our friendly but competitive league, please feel free to drop me, or any of the committee members, an email. Out contact details can be found on these web pages under the ‘Contacts’ tab.

Kind regards

Brian Hobbs

MSDBA League Secretary