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Mark Allen

It is with great sadness that I have to inform everyone of the passing of Mark Allen. Mark was a true champion of all things badminton especially Sussex Badminton, Mark was vice Chairman of the County for a number of years and officiating, Mark was the current Chairman of the  Badminton Umpires of England. Mark’s passion for the game was boundless.  It didn’t matter what level the game was being played at, be it local club or the Yonex All England, Mark’s love for the game always shone through. Personally I will greatly miss his common sense approach to badminton matters and the clarity that he brought to the many discussions that we had. As a County I would like to pass on our dearest thoughts to Maggie, Mark’s wife and his

Coronavirus Update (Covid-19)

As an organisation that is operating in the heart of our local community, we continue to closely monitor the ongoing impact of the coronavirus, COVID-19, and follow advice from the government, Public Health England and Badminton England.   We take the health and well-being of our players, supporters, officials and visitors connected with the County very seriously and we are committed to providing a safe environment for everybody that engages with us.   Our communications to relevant parties will be guided by government advice and communications sent to us by Badminton England. We will update members further with relevant information as soon as we receive it.  Thank you for your support and do please take every precaution possible to look after yourselves and ensure, as individuals,


Sussex Masters keep getting better as shown in last weeks National Championships. The three-day tournament held at Hatfield saw players in each 5-year age groupings from over 35s up to over 70s. Sussex had 5 players winning a total of 7 medals as follows: PHIL TROKE – Mens Doubles 40s Silver Medallist (with Paul Freeman) SARA FOSTER- Mixed Doubles 50s Champion & Gold Medallist (with Simon Gilhooly) Also, Womens Doubles 50s Silver Medallist (with Lesley Pallett). CATHY BARGH – Womens Singles 55s Champion & Gold Medallist! Also, Womens Doubles 55s semi-finalist (with Debbie Miller) WENDY ARSCOTT & VERA GROVES – Womens Doubles 70s Silver Medallists. Congratulations to them especially and all the other entries from Sussex.

Sad News – Mary Eddy

Sussex County Badminton Association were sad to learn that Mary Eddy (nee Bridge aged 73) passed away peacefully at her home in Birmingham with her husband and family on Saturday 16/11/2019 after a short illness.  A National Junior Champion in 1964 with Lynn Veasey, Mary represented Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire first teams all with distinction.  She was a County Badminton, Tennis and Squash player and will be sadly missed by her husband David (a former All England Champion), their three children John, Robert and Amy and their two grandchildren Mimi and Rudy. A cremation will be held at Robin Hood Cemetery and Crematorium, Streetsbrook Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 3NL at 1.30pm on Monday December 2nd 2019. This will be followed by a wake at


The first major tournament of the season saw our Sussex players continue to win medals. The Kent tournament is at the highest Gold level and attracted a lot of overseas players, particularly from The Netherlands. Over 40s Mens Doubles Chris Spice (Sussex) & partner Kenton Jones (Kent) won their group beating the No. 1 seeds on the way, whilst Phil Troke (Sussex) & his partner Paul Freeman (Kent) won their group beating the No. 2 seeds. This meant an all Sussex/Kent final pairing against each other. After a hard 3 set battle, Phil Troke & Paul Freeman beat Chris Spice & Kenton Jones, bringing both gold and silver medals home to Sussex (& of course Kent) Over 50s Mixed doubles The established pairing of


Spodek Arena, Katowice

Cathy BarghVera Groves & Wendy ArscottSue AwcockSpodek Arena, Katowice Sussex success at the World Senior Badminton Championships in Katowice, Poland. Cathy Bargh reached the semi finals in the 55s singles, winning a bronze medal - congratulations Cathy ! Also, Vera Groves & Wendy Arscott reached the quarter finals in the 70s ladies doubles together and Sue Awcock reached the 70s quarter finals too with her partner Jan Hewett from Worcestershire. Well done indeed ladies Other Sussex players who also competed hard representing England did Sussex proud: Phil Troke, Mark Burgeman, Mike Stoneman & Catherine Wheller All together a fantastic result for Sussex Masters players - congratulations!


CONGRATULATIONS to our 8 Sussex players competing for England in the World Senior Championships held in Katowice, Poland from 4-11 August. They will be amongst 1507 players from 56 countries and 6 continents fighting for medals in the iconic Spodek arena (it looks like a flying saucer!)Mark Burgeman, Cathy Bargh, Catherine Wheller, Phil Troke (top row) Vera Groves, Wendy Arscott, Sue Awcock, Mike Stoneman (bottom row) Good luck to you all.


Here is a summary of all the various activities, matches, tournaments our Masters players have been involved in throughout a very successful season. Well done to you all and we look forward to more next season! Please click ‘download’ button to read all pages of our newsletter Vera Groves (Masters Coordinator)  Sussex-Masters-Newsletter-2018-2019Download