BADMINTON: A record number of young players from West Norfolk Junior Badminton attended a coaching weekend at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.

Organised by squad manager Roger Cetti, the annual trip has become so popular that 16 players from the Norwich and Great Yarmouth area joined the 16 from the West.

The ever increasing number of players ranged in age from 11 to 18, many of whom were returning for a sixth or seventh time.

They were coached by former England stars Paul Truman and Julia Mann. Truman was ranked in the world’s top 30 in men’s doubles and was Canadian and Icelandic doubles champion. Mann was ranked world No.5 and was national singles champion eight years in a row.

On the Sunday they were joined by another coach and former England player, John Quinn.

The group were accompanied by West Norfolk coaches, Norma Bowen, Robin Cooper and Helaine Wyett, alongside other Norfolk coaches Andre Minnis and Serena Verney.

The youngsters were put through their paces, being taught high quality techniques in clears, smashes, drives, net play and footwork, with an emphasis on singles tactics on Saturday and doubles on Sunday with a team competition allowing them to put their new skills to the test