Fee Teng Liew, aged 17, started playing badminton at the age of seven, when she moved to Milton Keynes from London. She has won medals at the European Championship, U15 Silver in the Ladies Doubles and U17 Bronze in the Mixed Doubles; she reached the semi final in the Senior National Championships, aged just 15, and was selected for the U19 World Junior Championships last year in Peru. Fee Teng has also won two titles at every English National Championship she has entered since she was 10 years old.
Anthony Clark, head coach for the Suffolk Saxons said about his latest signing “Fee Teng is very talented, she’s small but explosive and what she lacks in height she makes up in speed and determination. She’s a very good defensive player, aggressive and certainly one to watch out for."
Suffolk Saxons, sponsored by the University Of Suffolk, has also announced another partner to help them raise the profile of badminton in Suffolk. Suffolk Sport, the County Sports Partnership, has produced a community development plan to ensure there are appropriate opportunities for people to play badminton in Suffolk, be that at school, in a leisure centre, village hall, club or part of a performance centre.
A partnership group including Suffolk Sport, Suffolk Badminton Association, Suffolk County Council, badminton leagues and community badminton networks have been charged with delivering the three year plan which focuses development within two localities per year.
Key to the success of the plan is to provide effective links between all of the opportunities in Suffolk, increasing the amount of badminton played at schools, developing the club environment to be inclusive of young and new players, working within community settings to increase the amount of court time for people to play, developing the workforce to support more people playing and to make badminton accessible to all abilities.
Ultimately, Suffolk want to create an environment were badminton is a realistic choice for anyone who wants to pick up a racket and change perceptions of what the sport can offer.
Ben Jackson, Suffolk Sport said “It was great to see Suffolk Saxons perform so well in their first home fixture and record a win in front of an enthusiastic Saxon crowd. Our aim is to use this momentum to inspire people to get involved in the sport, be that recreationally or competitively.”
Cllr Tony Goldson, Cabinet Member for Health at Suffolk County Council said “getting more people active is very important to us as an organisation and to Suffolk as a county. We are therefore pleased to be playing our part in the production and implementation of a plan to get people active through badminton linked to the Suffolk Saxons. It’s such an accessible sport that anybody can play.”
There’s also a free travel offer, thanks to their partner Suffolk Norse, to see the Saxons take on the Loughborough Lightning next Monday, The coach will leave Ipswich at 3pm from Crown Street coach layby and can also pick up from Bury St Edmunds. The return journey will depart Loughborough University by 10pm. To reserve a seat contact Sarah Dooley firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets are on sale for the Saxons next home fixture at the Ipswich Corn Exchange on 5 December, via the box office www.apps.ipswich.gov.uk or call 01473 433100.