Last call for entries to Oban badminton event

BID4Oban chief executive Andy Spence and Oban badminton aficionado Bruce Aitken are getting behind the 2019 Oban Bronze Tournament.

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Top flight club badminton players from all over Scotland will be shuttling into Oban at the end of the month.

Hosted by Oliver Sport UK at Atlantis Leisure, the Oban Bronze Tournament on Sunday September 22 will give gents, ladies and mixed doubles pairings three chances to claim a trophy at the end of an exciting day of competitive badminton.

BID4Oban is throwing its weight behind the event by covering the hall costs, while Oban Badminton Club’s Bruce Aitkin is responsible for organising the competition.

Bruce said: ‘I just thought it would be good to have an open event in Oban. Members of clubs such as Oban, Lochgilphead and Campbeltown usually have to travel to Glasgow or Edinburgh for amateur open competitions so we look forward to welcoming players from other regions to Argyll.’
Andrew Spence, chief executive of BID, added: ‘We are delighted to be able to help out.

‘We have an excellent sports facility here in Oban and having a tournament of this standard is an excellent showcase for Atlantis and the town.’

Due to the unique tournament three-draw format, every pair is guaranteed a minimum of three full matches and has the chance to progress to a final regardless of ability. The format is triple consolation with three draws. Strong players stay in the A draw, while other players drop into the B and C section.

Entries have been flowing in from far and wide but there is still room for a few more. ‘Ideally we are looking for 32 pairs in each draw but anywhere close to that should be good,’ added Bruce. ‘The tournament is aimed at intermediate to club players playing fun and competitive matches against others of the same standards, so we should have a good mix of players.’

Entries close on Friday September 6 at 10pm.