Primary Schools

Frightening facts about ‘Obesity rising amongst the leavers from Primary Schools’.

Are Primary Schools doing less exercise with the children? A recent article published in ON MEDICA tells us more about Primary school leavers and National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) by Public Health England.
Full details can be found HERE. It is interesting but having been working with schools for three years I have never heard of this before. Have you? Statistics and Poll details HERE.

Is there something the schools can do to help with Obesity? Can they/should they employ outside coaches to deliver different aspects of physical education and sport?  Of course I (stef the badminton coach) am going to suggest badminton as one of those sports mainly because after playing it is school it can be played at home in the back garden or at the local sports centres by hiring a court.

Do you think your child ought to play more sport in school? Would you like to participate in badminton with your child?
Contact Stephanie on stefcr@live.co.uk or call 07976 814036.

Customer Service

Have you ever received GREAT Customer Service………………………..?

Today I did.

MAD Customer ServiceMick Davies of MAD Computer Solutions and WEB MANIA deliver an ‘OMG Customer Service’. Having been hard at it all day on my laptop, I turned it off as I had to get ready to go out to work (sports attire ready to coach badminton at a local Ladies only session in Birmingham).

Long story but I need to get in touch with the members URGENTLY as I turned my laptop back on I found nothing……… All the files had mysteriously disappeared. It was a frightening moment having not backed up my computer that day.

One phone call (out of normal working hours) to Mick at MAD Computers a quick conversation with a ‘try this’ solution and I was back up and running. That is what I call great Customer Service. I would recommend MAD Computer Solutions to any one wanting/needing IT Support.

All that is left to do is say a big fat THANK YOU for great Customer service. Keep up the good work.

 

 

Badminton On Fire

Badminton at West Midlands Fire Service – Dudley Station

What a way to spend Saturday night! How better that playing badminton in a Fire Station, with Fire-men?

How and Why was i doing this? Long story short, read on…………
The Green watch at Dudley Fire Station are about to start working with Emma Homer (a community volunteer) who represents a group called Wrenna, Priory, Green Youth United (WPGYU). Green watch are running a couple of badminton sessions where two different age group of kids visit the Fire station and play badminton with the fire fighters.

As a badminton coach I agreed to lend Dudley Fire station some racquets and donated the shuttles so that the sessions can take place. It is unfortunate that I can not support the two sessions Green watch have got scheduled in person (I am so disappointed).

So earlier tonight I called in to drop the racquets off at the Fire Station and got roped in to playing badminton. Must thank Carl, Richard, Mick, Lee, Adam and Tert for some great games and their hospitality. Good luck for the sessions and will look forward to finding out how they went. Wishing you every success.

Gone Fishing – Networking

Gone Fishing Networking in Walsall.

This morning went Networking to Gone fishing in Walsall. It has was the first networking event I have been to in 6 months. I must say Chris Towe was a host and a half. This networking event saw me walk away with five genuine leads as contacts. Chris himself has given me two contacts. Who’d have thought that from 60 seconds talking about badminton and who I would like to see playing the sport would lead to more business.

Thank you to Mick Davies of MAD computers for nagging me in to going along.

Thank you Chris for being such a great host.

Ladies Badminton

Ladies Badminton Nights in February 2013

Are you interested in playing Ladies Badminton all night?

Female members of Ashton Badminton club got chatting one night as us ladies do and talked about holding badminton sessions just for ladies.  This will be purely so that the female club members can play ladies badminton all night.  NO mixed, NO ‘funny’ level double, just purely good old fashioned ladies doubles all night long.  No matter where you play, who you play for, just come and play ladies badminton all night.

If you enjoy playing ladies double, but don’t get the opportunity too often and would like to come along there are NO strings!
Contact Ashton Badminton Club”s Secretary Stephanie Cartwright-Randle stefcr@live.co.uk

Can you help me with promotion?

After school exams made SOCIAL Badminton Session take a forced holiday, the events return needs a promotional boost.

School exams forced the SOCIAL Badminton Group at the CTC Kingshurst Academy take an unexpected holiday whilst the hall was out of action. Since the exams have finished and the school hall is now functional again the SOCIAL badminton session is back up and running. But since ‘the holiday’ (only 3 weeks ago) the session needs a bit of a boost to get it back up and running.

I know networking works so I am asking for a bit of help to promote this SOCIAL BADMINTON session in Birmingham.

Can you help me?

A stranger until you meet them – How true is it?

I was out Tuesday evening at Badminton and there were a few women there I have not meet before.  When  I started inquiring where ladies worked I discovered that Sam (Samantha) was mad about badminton and worked at a local superstore, where I happened to visit frequently and an friend of mine worked. We got chatting and she know my friend. ‘Small world’ I said.

It the next conversation I inquired where Chris (Christine) lived.  Low and behold she lived in the same street as my friend (also playing badminton that evening).  Once introduced the two ladies went on to compared notes on the road as they had both lived in the street for many years.

All in all two of the so called ‘strangers’ that were there playing badminton that evening weren’t strangers at all, just distant friends.

Are you aware that MacDonalds Shirley Will Overcharge you for your visit?

I had not seen a friend in ages and whilst she was passing through the area we agreed to catch up for a coffee. The most convenient location was MacDonalds on A34 Shirley, just of Junction 4 M42. It was great to see her and you know what us girlies are like for chatting. Several cups of coffee and a bite to eat, the time flew past. When my friend rang me up a week later she sounded really upset. She had received a parking ticket for £50.00.  I am still waiting from mine to arrive.

Apparently this often happens. This watchdog article HERE tells all.  Let all your friends and family know how expensive MacDonalds can be. Shall I be using them again? I think NOT!

Calling all young badminton players – Exciting opportunity

Teachers and parents take note:-  

Is your child interested in playing sport? Are they a talented sports person?

Cheek out the Unipart and Forza tournament HERE. Where they can play badminton and with coaching through the WMPC, could play great competitive badminton.

Easter Badminton Camps for Children

Stephanie is the Development Officer for the WMPC (West Midlands Performance Centre) and is running badminton camps for children of the Easter break.

Check this out http://www.stefthebadmintoncoach.co.uk/are-your-kids-interested-in-playing-badminton-over-easter/