Reverend hits new heights

A PORTISHEAD vicar is celebrating becoming the first Reverend in England to qualify as a badminton coach.

A PORTISHEAD vicar is celebrating becoming the first Reverend in England to qualify as a badminton coach.

Rev Des Williamson, a minister at St Nicholas and St Peter's Churches in Portishead, qualified as a level two badminton coach last weekend.

He said: "Badminton England, the governing body for the sport, said it has no record of any other reverends on the coaching register, so I am likely to be the first in the country."

Des coaches the Junior Badminton Club at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre where youngsters aged from 11 to 16 play on Monday evenings.


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He is also planning to coach individuals of any age up to adult intermediate level now he has his qualification.

Anyone interested can find out more by calling 01275 845096. Parish Wharf Leisure Centre is hoping to start a badminton club for seven to 11-year-olds in the Spring. Further information can be obtained from Vicky at the centre on 01275 848494.

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