Members of the ActivLives Inclusive Badminton groups, competed successfully at a Para-Disability Badminton tournament held recently in Gillingham, Kent. The event was hosted by Kent Badminton, in partnership with Badminton England and was attended by the President of Badminton England, Derek Batchelor and the CEO, Sue Storey.

In addition to our local athletes (who were representing Special Olympics Suffolk), the event attracted competitors from Kent, Middlesex, Surrey, Lancashire and Devon.

Seven athletes from the ActivLives/Special Olympics Suffolk groups, competed with great distinction, in divisions for athletes with an intellectual (learning) disability, across the singles and doubles events.

We have seen some brilliant performances from our players today, which have resulted in medals of all colours being won”, said Mike McCarthy, Badminton Coach from ActivLives and Special Olympics Suffolk. “As well as being competitive though, the positive, exuberant and fun attitude of our athletes is a privilege to witness, they are a credit to Suffolk!”.

Many thanks to the volunteers and family members who supported our athletes on the day.

If you would like to find out more about getting involved with badminton for players with a learning disability, particularly in the Ipswich/South Suffolk area, please call ActivLives on 01473 345350 or email