AGM News



As ever, I’m very grateful to all Committee members for their hard work on behalf of the League, and to our President, Ian, for his support.  Thank you especially to Alys for being our Treasurer since the 2009/10 season.  Alys is standing down this year, although she will be taking your money this evening, as part of the hand over to a new Treasurer - and as you will see when we get to the Election of Officers item, we have a volunteer who would be happy to take on the role.  I won’t duplicate Glenn’s comprehensive report other than to reiterate the Committee’s thanks to Thorpeness for organising the end of season event and to say ‘watch this space’ regarding a future event, or events, bearing in mind that 2017 will mark 70 years of the League..

The Committee continues to be concerned about how to encourage more players and clubs to participate in the IDBL, and we feed these concerns in to the Suffolk Badminton Association Council.  The League is represented by Derek, Glenn or Richard at SBA meetings, which I also attend as an elected member and Glenn represents the IDBL and Community Badminton Network East on the Suffolk Badminton Strategic Partnership Working Group.  Helen Thornton has recently been appointed to a part time post to help deliver the Strategic Development Plan, which includes aims related to Club Development and facilities.  There is further information on the SBA website – please see link (below) to the Development Plan.

We are also hoping that the entry of the Suffolk Saxons team in the National Badminton League will help raise the profile of badminton locally – I know that Glenn has circulated information to clubs about the Saxons’ fixtures, and the request for linesmen.  Please keep your membership informed about these and other initiatives which might help to recruit players – we are very conscious that a number of clubs would welcome new members, and we would like to see more teams in all three League disciplines.  Please contact Glenn if you have other suggestions to increase player participation or provide support to clubs.

I’ll close these remarks by thanking club officials for your commitment and wishing all Clubs a successful and enjoyable season, with a reminder to encourage your members to support the Junior, Senior and Masters events run by the League.

At this point Stephen Smith reminded clubs about the Suffolk Closed Tournaments, one of the means by which players are selected for the Senior County teams – entry forms available on the Suffolk Badminton website – following which Ian Young, IDBL President, was welcomed to the meeting to present trophies.  Ian reiterated the League’s concerns about the reduction in the numbers of clubs and teams over recent years.  He shares the hopes of the Committee for the success of the Strategic Plan and Helen’s appointment to reverse this trend.

Linda Sheppard, Chairman IDBL






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