As we reach the halfway point in the season, we begin to see which teams have adapted best to the unique and exciting format of LEARNCOACH New Zealand Badminton League, and which teams will have an uphill battle to remain competitive in the second half of the season.
Playing host to our four teams and each thrilling night of the NZBL is the Waitakere Badminton Centre, an obvious choice for Badminton New Zealand. With its central location, high quality courts and supportive staff, the Centre has been pivotal to the delivery of the NZBL.
Executive Director of Badminton Waitakere, Paul Shirley, jumped at the opportunity to support Badminton New Zealand, but more importantly to restart high-level badminton in an innovative new format post-lockdown.
"Never in my fifty years, have I seen a league in New Zealand featured on TV," Paul remarks. "It is fantastic exposure for the sport of badminton."
Since hosting the New Zealand Badminton League, and the ease of COVID-19 restrictions, Badminton Waitakere has begun to reap the reward of this exposure, with significant increases in their court usage and local players inspired to resume playing.
With only four weeks remaining of the LearnCoach New Zealand Badminton League, the hotly contested $15,000 prize pool and illustrious title have brought out the best of the players abilities.
"Watching it live, it’s great to see how the game has evolved, the players hit harder, move faster and jump higher," Paul comments, inviting his members to join him in watching the New Zealand Badminton League, live every Tuesday and Wednesday night from 7 pm.
Badminton New Zealand Chief Executive Joe Hitchcock stresses the importance of the partnership with Badminton Waitakere to the success of the new league.
Simply put, we would not be able to provide this exciting NZBL opportunity for players, fans and our wider badminton community without the support and partnership of Paul and Badminton Waitakere.
One of twenty-five member associations of Badminton New Zealand, Badminton Waitakere have a strong and illustrious history producing many of New Zealand’s best players and teams over the last twenty years.
The New Zealand Badminton League also airs to Sky Sport Next and Sky Sport 9, on Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 7 pm.
Spectator entry is free of charge and doors open at the Waitakere Badminton Centre from 6:30 pm.