Help to make future Badminton champions

We arrived earlier than expected despite the road works along route 7 on the way to Chonburi. The YWCA complex is situated next to the Amata Golf Course and has been the hosts to the National Badminton Championships of Thailand for many years as has Pattaya Sports Club. The hall has 5 badminton courts which is  perfect to accommodate 700 children, over a 5 day period, challenging for the right to be called Champion. We arrived in time to see the semi finals and finals of the boys and girls doubles championships and could only marvel at the standard  attained, not only by the older groups, but those as young as 9 years old.The competitiveness  speed, energy and control of the players was amazing. Did I have that much energy when I was their age?

Thailand has a well deserved reputation in world badminton with a number of males and females featuring in the world’s top 20 in their respective groups and who could forget the achievements of Ratchanock Inthanon who became the world’s youngest ever world champion at the age of 18 in 2013 and made her name by winning  this particular championship two years in a row when she was 14 and 15 years old before going on to greater things.

Khun Ying, the head of the National Badminton Association of Thailand, was there to present some of the prizes  and to congratulate the winnersa as were representatives of Pattaya Sports Club and recorded by Thai TV and newspapers.

Pattaya Sports Club  are well known for their charitable activities but it is worth mentioning the fact that PSC also support sports in all its forms to encourage Thai children to indulge in sport and it has been proven the world over that those involved with sport are inclined to stick to the straight and narrow throughout their lives.



Future world champions perhaps.


The winners wait for the presentation.


William presents the medals to the under 16 girls winners.


William, Nigel and Khun Ying.


YWCA officials and guests.