The Hertfordshire Badminton Organisations


Hertfordshire Badminton Association (Badminton Association of England - County Association)

Herts Restricted Tournament at Fernhill SC

Chairman of Selectors, Paul Widdicombe (bottom right), enjoying a joke while watching the mixed doubles


Hertfordshire Schools Badminton Association (HBA and ESBA affiated)


Hertfordshire Inter County and County Leagues (HBA and BA of E affiliated)


Hertford Area Badminton League (HBA and BA of E affiliated)


Biggleswade & District Friendly Badminton League


Bishops Stortford & District League


Letchworth & District League


St Albans Badminton League


South West Herts Independent Badminton League


Stevenage Mini Badminton League


Please send updates to: E-mail: , Tel: 01438 715374

All updated Nov 97 except where specified

2.1 Hertfordshire Badminton Association

The Hertfordshire Badminton Association (HBA) is one of the 44 County Associations represented at the Badminton Association of England (BA of E).  To play in one of the HBA Leagues it is necessary to become a member of the HBA (fee: 1.80) and of the BA of E (fee, Senior: 6.50, Junior: 3:25).  Clubs whose members belong to the BA of E  (to join - tel: 01908  568822) have benefits which include: public liability insurance cover, receive a copy of 'Badminton' magazine,  event discounts, and help promote badminton locally and nationally. Three newsletters are produced each year and sent to individuals.  Non-affiliated leagues shown in this directory have their own membership fee structures and benefits.  

Membership starting this season is open to all those interested in joining. Members of other leagues and casual players are welcome. See, membership advantages and a joining form.


The Officers of the Herts Badminton Association Committee for 1997-98 are:


Malcolm Fraser

87 Marshalswick Lane, St Albans, AL1 4UT

01727 863 229

Treasurer,  Chairman of Selectors, Match Secretary

Paul Widdicombe

19 Furlong Way. Great Amwell, Ware, Herts, SG12 9TE

01920 484605


Kevin Maughan

The Chesnuts, 13a Woodland Way, Welwyn, Herts, AL6 0RZ

01438 712944


Gary Soutgate

94 Holme Court Ave, Biggleswade, Beds SG18 8PA

01767 600247

League Co-ordinator:

Laura Andes

55 Red Lion Court, Dane Street, Bishops Stortford, Herts CM23 3YL

01279 466523

Coaches Secretary:

David Bartlett

27 Mardley Hill, Welwyn AL6 0TT

01438 715374


Mick Allen

19 Frankland Road, Croxley Green, Watford

01923 772617

North Herts Area Rep.:

Tony Oaten

73 Hitchin Rd, Upper Caldecote, Beds SG18 9BU

01767 318960

HSBA Rep.:

John Smith

52 Honeycross Road, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP1 2JA

01442 240974

News Editor

Gill Bartlett

27 Mardley Hill, Welwyn, Herts AL6 0TT

01438 715374


Steve Taylor


01992 582731


George Gomez


01727 824596

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2.2 Herts Inter-county and County Leagues

Inter-County League

Organised by Herts Badminton Association, Herts four Inter-county Teams play other counties' teams. The first team, which often comprises several international players, are winners of Premier B this season. These matches are usually  played at either Parmiters School, Garston, the University of Herts, or William Penn Leisure Centre, Rickmansworth (See the HBA Newsletter for dates and venues)  and are worth watching!  

County 2nd at Stevenage v Beds

1st Team are winners of Premier B '98!

Kevin Maughan County 2nd team (and HBA Secretary) - in flight! at Stevenage LC


Paul Widdicombe

01920 484605


Malcolm Fraser

01727 850966


Herts County Leagues

The county leagues and tournaments are open to HBA affiliated clubs and the leagues comprise Mens, Ladies and Mixed leagues with two divisions in each. Tournaments include: Restricted (to those living or born in Herts) Open (to all), and Team. Members are also eligible to play in BA of E tournaments. Contacts for leagues and tournaments are as shown in section 2.1, Herts Badminton Association.

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2.3 Herts Schools Badminton Association

The Association exists to encourage and improve Junior Badminton both in schools and more widely throughout Hertfordshire. It is affiliated to the English Schools Badminton Association (ESBA) and to the Herts Badminton Association.   Affiliation to HSBA cost 3.25 individuals, 32.50 clubs and schools in '97-98.


Under 16 Inter-county champions

Squad manager/coach Tony Clarke, Andrew Willis, Stuart O'Leary, Peter Gooden, Adam Kennedy, Coach Jason Large, Helper Clare Gooden

Ryan Sharman, Lindsay Orchard, Kelly Matthews, Liza Parker, Rebecca Brown, Suzanne Rayappan

Contact: Chris Culshaw, Secretary, 1, Bushwood Close, North Mymms, Hatfield, Herts, AL9 7YZ. tel:   01707 266972

Chairman: Andrew Cracknell, 01279 876744

Treasurer: Malcolm Lumb, 01707 653812

Under 16 Internationals: Lisa Orchard and Helen Palmer at Thursday club night at Stevenage Leisure Centre.


The HSBA runs or promotes the following activities


Development Training U12

Marion Conway 01707 652061

Tournaments and Junior Club League

Barry Watts 01582 769121

Open Tournament Secretary

Joan Walters 01707 654289

Junior County Squads and Trials, details, as follows:


Under 12's at Birchwood

Marion Conway 01707 652061

Under 14's at University of Hertfordshire on Wednesday evenings

John Smith 01442 240974

Under 16's at Stevenage Leisure Centre on Thursday evenings (see photo, above)

Tony Clarke 01992 586727

School League Secretary

Malcolm Lumb, 01707 653812

U12 Coach

Howard Stephens 01992 303795

Tournament Court Manager

Ken Winchester 01707 645610

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2.4 Hertford Area Badminton League

Hertford Area League is a BA of E (and HBA) affiliated league which provides leagues comprising; Men's 6's, Men's 4's, Mixed, Ladies' 6's, and Ladies' 4's. Members are eligible to play in BA of E and County tournaments.

Secretary: Liz Frost, 28 North Drive, High Cross, Ware, Herts, SG11 1AR. Tel: 01920 462681
Chairman: David Hunt, 23 Grange Road, Bishops Stortford, CM23 5NG. Tel: 01279 757505

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2.5 Biggleswade and District Friendly Badminton League

The Biggleswade & District Friendly League is a small unaffiliated league which has been going for more than 30 years. Mixed leagues are run on normal 6, 3 pairs basis with Mens and Ladies fours. Season: October to April.  The standard is progressional up to just under County League.

Hon. Chairman:

Les Weston

5 Farsands, Oakley, Beds, MK43 7SJ

01234 823758

Hon. Secretary

Jean Weedon

Aqua View Nurseries, Upper Stondon, SG16 6EA

01462 813750

Hon. Treasurer

Christine Spring

21 Saffron Court, Biggleswade, Beds, SG18 8DR

01767 318756

Hon Fixtures Sec.

Mary Watson

46 Grays Lane, Hitchin Herts, Sg5 2HJ

01462 432380


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2.6 Bishop's Stortford and District League

The BSDL is a non-affiliated league which draws teams from clubs whose match venues are within approximately 10 miles of Bishop's Stortford. The season runs from September to April and leagues comprise: Mixed 6, Mens 6, Mixed 4, Ladies 4, Mens 4.

Contact: Hon Sec: Mr Pat Salmon: 01279 870105

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2.7 Letchworth and District Badminton League

The Letchworth and District Badminton League is a non-affiliated league of clubs whose venues are in a 7 miles radius of Letchworth with consideration given when vacancies permit to clubs slightly further away. The League comprises 4 divisions. The format of each team is 3 men and 3 ladies each match consists of 6 games. Season September to May. Tournaments for mens, mixed, ladies and singles as well as a knockout are also provided. At the end of the season there is the KLM Trophy tournament of the winning divisional teams versus the SMBL winning teams (currently held by LDBL). The League also provides a regular newsletter, and a Presentation Disco in June.


Alan Lowe

29 The Rowans, Baldock, Herts SG7 6HL

01462 893045


Alex Goldie

21 Longmeadow Drive, Ickleford, Herts SG5 3TJ

01462 434779

Fixtures Secretary

Simon Bygrave

209 Nevells Road, Letchworth, Herts SG6 4TZ

01462 684804


Helen Warburg

7 Hitchin Hill Path, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9EU

01462 432135

Fletcher Cup Contact

Jenny Milne

47 New Close, Knebworth, Herts SG3 6NU

01438 813189

First Team Contact

Dave Weakley

37 Gaping Lane, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 2JE

01462 420582

Second Team Contact

Martin Aldridge

100 Gaunts Way, Letchworth, Herts, SG6 4PN

01462 676757

Third Team Contact

Gordon Mabert

7 Howards Wood, Letchworth, Herts, SG6 2DH

01462 686208

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2.8 St Albans Badminton League

The St Albans Badminton League is a non-affiliated league of approximately 15 clubs whose venues are in a radius of 15 miles of St Albans. (Updated Jan '97)

Gosling at home to St Michaels


Gosling (far side) at home to St Michaels (near side), Nov 22nd, 96.

League Organiser: Jack Hobbs: 01727 852113

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2.9 South West Herts Independent Badminton League

Currently there are 26 clubs. The format of the leagues is 6-person teams, Ladies (4 divisions), Mens (5 divisions), Mixed (5 divisions), Medley (comprising level and mixed doubles, 2 divisions). This non-affiliated league stipulates that feather shuttles are compulsory in the top 2 divisions of each league.

SWH match at Rudolph Steiner School


SW Herts match at Rudolph Steiner School Kodak v Gosling, Mens

League Area Organiser

Marcus Pressland 63 Guerney Court Road, St Albans, AL1 4QU

01727 857257

Committee :

Ron Duckling
Keith Taylor Brian Kipping

01923 244881
01727 830534 01442 870180

League contacts:

Ladies & Medley Mens Mixed


 Janet Ashby

 Brian Gibb

 Bob Leigh


 01442 246465

 01442 62702

 01442 397039

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2.10 Stevenage Mini Badminton League

The Stevenage Mini Badminton league is an unaffiliated, friendly but competitive league of 22 teams (from about 20 clubs) in four divisions. Match venues are within a 10-mile radius of Stevenage. Teams consist of 6 players: 4 men and 2 women. A match consists of 6 rubbers: 3 men's doubles, 1 ladies' doubles, and two mixed doubles.   Shuttles for 95 - 96 are home team choice.  Fees are 25 per team (including substitutes) 97-8.  Additionally, registered players are eligible to take part in the following:

Photo: SMBL win over

SMBL win over L&DL in KLM Trophy match at Stevenage Leisure Centre

Knockout competition, 'Taylor Trophy'


Ladies Four Team Section - matches are played as tournaments 

Tournaments: Mixed Doubles, Mens Doubles, Veterans Mixed Doubles, and Mens Singles (depending on demand).

Inter League Tournament:  At the end of the season the winning team from each division plays the winning team from each division of the Letchworth League for the KLM Trophy.  

The League also provides a regular newsletter, and a Presentation Disco in June.

 Committee contacts:

Ian and Jan MacFarlane

01438 820710