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Rossendale Badminton League

Established 1953

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Blackburn Seniors are running a friendly informal summer league that’s open to players from any league/club.

-Teams of 4 players
-2 men and 2 ladies per team
-Try where possible to keep the same team for the full league, although subs can be used when required.
-No entry fee.
-Courts to be provided by the home team.
-Feather shuttles to be provided by the away team.
-If courts can’t be sourced, teams are welcome to play at Blackburn Seniors club nights for £5 per player.
-Scoresheets to be completed, signed and sent on whats app or email to Rick Smith.
-There will be no prizes for the league. It has been set up to provide an opportunity to play competitive badminton throughout the summer.
-The league format will depend on entries. We plan on having multiple small divisions without handicapping with teams ranked on ability. Handicapping may be introduced depending on the number/standard of entries.
-All matches must be played between 1st June - 31st August.

Match format - games to 21 points with setting
Men’s Doubles (2 games)
Ladies Doubles (2 games)
MXD 1 v 1 (1 game)
MXD 2 v 2 (1 game)
MXD 1 v 2 (1 game)
MXD 2 v 1 (1 game)
You should be able to fit this in on 1 court for 2 hours.

To enter please contact Rick Smith on


Steve, Betty and George will be stepping down from their roles with Rossendale Badminton League at the forthcoming AGM.

They have independently come to this decision during the Covid lockdown in 2020; but wished to make sure the league was up and running before announcing their intentions.

There are plenty of talented people within the league to fill the positions and are more than happy to assist whoever takes on the new roles.

Kind regards,

Nigel Holt (Temporary Fixtures Secretary)

My Health Update

To all Rossendale Badminton League Clubs and individual members this is an update on my ongoing battle with Covid 19.

After some dark days under the fantastic critical care team at Royal Blackburn Hospital and the ongoing care on Covid recovery ward B18 I am now back at home with my loving family continuing the fight to get my lungs back to some sort of working normality.

We would like to thank you for the numerous messages we have received via various sources and via our league secretary George Bristow who has also diverted a lot of pressure away from us by keeping league secretaries updated.

It would be great to thank people personally but believe it or not I am finding talking for long periods very difficult due to shortness of breath.

And finally to anybody reading this post who think Covid19 isn’t real. Where I have been where I came so close to losing everything to being on the recovery ward to where I am now and the ongoing fight back to health believe me it’s real alright.

Thankyou Steve Bayes  

Christmas Greeting

At the end of this terrible year in our sport the committee would like to extend the season's Greetings to all our members and hopefully we can look forward to a better and safe 2021, and back to Badminton in September for the start of a new season.

Juniors Grant Boost

The league would like to thank Val Bertenshaw from Goodshaw Badminton Club who applied for a grant from Badminton England towards restarting Junior coaching, Val's request was granted and the league have received £270 to go towards court costs, and shuttlecocks. This money should cover the juniors costs for the remainder of the season. 

Coronavirus Update

With the ongoing coronavirus problems the League has decided to cancel the presentation evening provisionally booked for the 23rd October, with a Goverment limit of no more than 30 at an event and the latest local lockdowns imposed it would have been impossible to stage the event. And with ongoing court problems in schools and Sports Centres the possibility of any sort of league badminton is looking a long way off.

Stay safe and well and hopefully we will have some competitive badminton in the future. we will keep you informed.

The Committee

Ian Mawdsley

It is with great sorrow that league has been informed of the very sad death of Ian Mawdsley  who passed away on Sunday 20th September after a very short battle with Cancer.

Ian had been a member of the league for a great number of years playing for Helmshore and Rising Bridge and he will be greatly missed in the league by all that knew him.

Our Thoughts are with his Family and Friends R.I.P. Ian

1st & 2nd Division Tiles announced

 After all the unplayed match results have been taken into account Blackburn Seniors A retained their 1st Division title, with Oakgate A taking the runners up position.

In a close run 2nd division tile race Blackburn Seniors B were the Champions and promoted to the 1st Division, 3 points behind are Brunlea in the runners up position.

Accy Flyers B are relegated to the 2nd division

Final League Tables

Hi all hope you are all keeping safe and well, by now all Secretaries / Captains will have received an email with our explanation of  the final league tables which are now on tables page, we have used Rule 33 to calculate all unplayed matches. where a team has played another team once the score from that first game will be used as the score for the second unplayed  match. where two teams had not played each other then an average score will be added to the final score, where there is a decimal point the score has been rounded to nearest whole number.

Further information re the new season will be posted when available will be put on the news page, but at the moment we cannot see anything positive at the moment with the availability of courts at sports centres and schools to enable us to be able  start the new season.

Stay safe The committee

Coronavirus Update

Hi all Sorry for the recent breakdown of updates for the website, I have been indisposed for a week but am now ok and all aspects of the website will be brought up to date as soon as possible.

After the Goverments latest bullitans and rulings on the Corona Virus outbreak The Committee have had to make the following hard decisicions.

1. As from Monday 16th March 2020 ALL League fixtures will be suspended until Further Notice

2. The Rossendale Badminton League Presentation Evening sceduled for Friday 15th May 2020 has been CANCELLED. (Provisional new date 23rd October 2020)

3. The Rossendale Badminton League Annual General Meeting Scheduled for Thursday 4th June 2020 has also been CANCELLED.(Club Secrataries / Captains will recieve all relevant information regarding the AGM)

Further information re this problem will be forwarded to all Secretaries & Captains and posted on the League website when available.

Finally thank you to those people who have sent their good wishes for my recovery after my recent accident, I will be out of action for some time but will be able to deal with Badminton League Buisness now i'm back home.

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Thursday 9th June 2022

Annual General Meeting

Haslingden Cricket Club

8:00 pm 



Thursday 11th August 2022

Fixture Meeting

Haslingden Cricket Club

7:30 pm