The ActivLives Inclusive Badminton Tournament was held recently at Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich, with 30 athletes competing in the singles and doubles competitions.

The standard of play throughout the day was superb, with some extremely close matches deciding the final medal placings, across all of the divisions.

In addition to the 20 Suffolk-based athletes, there were 10 competitors from Inclusive groups in Wimbledon (Anders Disability Badminton) and Southampton. The event concluded with a very exciting Team Relay competition, involving all of the competitors.

“We have had some lovely feedback from the players and families, as a result of this event. Everyone has commented upon the great team of volunteers who made the day happen. All of the people delivering this event have volunteered their time and expertise – they are absolutely brilliant”, said Mike McCarthy from ActivLives.

Allison Boggis, Chair of Special Olympics Suffolk, who helped to present medals to the winning athletes, reflected on the event, “I was incredibly impressed by the standard of competition, sportsmanship and enthusiasm demonstrated by all of the players throughout the day”.

ActivLives are very grateful to everyone who continues to support these events including Special Olympics Suffolk, Special Olympics GB and Ipswich Borough Council.

If you would like to find out more about inclusive badminton with ActivLives, call on 01473 345350 or email