9th Dec, 2016

County calls for in-form duo

Liam Moakes 9th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

ALVESTON Juniors youngsters Harry Weaver and Venus Aun have followed their siblings in representing the Warwickshire county squad.

The pair are among the inaugural Warwickshire U9s squad, but their call-ups have added significance.

Harry follows older brother Tom in winning county recognition, while Venus follows her older brother Vernon, with Tom and Vernon having won places in the U11s squad at the start of the season.

All four players have come through Alveston’s ‘Wacky Racquets Badminfun’ section in which the sport is introduced to primary school children in a fun and innovative way.

Around 15 to 20 per cent of Alveston’s club members represent their county each season.

Club coach Chris Osborne said: “Warwickshire have always had a thriving junior set-up and its U11s squad is often too strong for many of its opponents.

“Despite that, the county isn’t resting on its laurels and it took the step of trialling an even younger squad to feed talented young players into the older squads.

“As part of the small pilot squad, we were delighted that two of them were from Alveston Juniors.

“Ironically both were following older siblings by being awarded county shirts in the same season. It’s great to see beginners come into the sport at such a young age and develop a sporting talent so quickly with us.”

Alveston Juniors run weekly sessions for players aged six to 18 at Stratford Girls’ Grammar School in Shottery. Players looking to take up the sport can find out more on the club website at www.alvestonjuniors.co.uk or by contacting Chris Osborne on 01789 842664.