BRIGHOUSE BADMINTON CLUB
Playing Badminton Since 1973
1973. Brighouse Badminton Club was formed in September. Eight people who had attended a badminton beginners evening class at Lightcliffe School. They wanted to continue and develop their badminton experiences, but found that gaining membership of existing local clubs very difficult. Club night was held at Eastfield School on Friday evenings.
1974. The Club became competitive. One team was entered into the Halifax Badminton League.
1976. Club membership rose to 28.Teams were entered into the Huddersfield League.
Over the ensuing years home matches were played at a range of venues including; Carr Green School, Reinswood school, Gomersal Civic Hall in Rastrick and Halifax Parish Church.
The Club climbed from the sixth division, with an occasional backward step! to gain first division status in the Huddersfield League. Three appearances in McGowan Trophy finals were achieved, winning once in 1988. Meanwhile in the Halifax League the club had a successful run in the Coyle Trophy competition with 4 winners and 2 runners-up spots between 1974 and 1981.
1988 The club wins the McGowan Trophy.
1989 The club moved to a newly built sports hall at Hipperholme Grammar School which remains the clubs home today.
1992 Club night was changed to Wednesday evening.
1999 The Halifax League was disbanded. The club expanded the number of teams participating in a new Huddersfield League.
2005 The club expanded it's competitive experience by entering three teams, 1 ladies and 2 men's, into the Bradford League.
2006 The club won Bradford Ladies Division 4 and Bradford men's div 5. The men's 2nd team gain promotion from Div 6.
2007 The club enjoys continued success in the Bradford League. The ladies win div 3, the men win div 4 and the men's 2nd team win div 5.
2008 The ladies gain promotion for the third consecutive season in the Bradford League winning Div 2. The Men are comfortable winners of Bradford Div 3. In the Huddersfield league, The B team are promoted, joining the A team in Div 2. The C team miss out on promotion from div 4 by 1 point.
2009 In the Bradford League. The Mens 2nd team win all their matches in Bradford Div 5 to gain promotion. The 1st team enjoy a competitive season in Div 2 to maintain their status. The Ladies enjoyed a competetive season in Div 1 and were very close to staying up.In the Huddersfield League the 1st Team finished 2nd to gain promotion to Div 1, the 2nd team just missed out and remain in Div 2. The 3rd team performed well easily maintaining their place in Div 4
2010 Bradford League; Men 2nd Team win Div 4 and gain promotion to Div 3. Ladies Win Div 2 and return to Div 1. The mens first team just miss promotion in Div 2.The Huddersfield League; All 3 teams maintain their places in Div 1,2 & 4. July: The club begins Junior coaching
2012 In the Huddersfield League, the composite A team are runners up in Div2 and return to the top division after being relegated in 2011. In Bradford Success for all 3 teams the Mens 1st and 2nd team gain promotion to Div 1 and 2. The Ladies retain theirplae in the top flight for the 2nd consecutive season. The club enters a team in the Summer League for the first time to give younger players opportunity for match experience. The club enters a 4th team into the Huddersfield Composite team to accomodate the younger players who are now progressing through form the coaching
Over the years the club members have participated in numerous social activities including a Brighouse Gala float, the Halifax Bed race, car rallies, barbecues, hoe-downs, pie and pea suppers with an annual dinner-dance being held at the end of each season. The local hostelry is of course a welcome place after every club night.
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