The country’s oldest Badminton England Coach, Colin Bedford aged 85 from March Badminton Club, is organising a non-stop Badminton tournament on Saturday 26th March 2022 to raise funds for Living Sport and Cancer Research.

All budding players aged 12 and over are encouraged to come down and join in 'Bedford’s Badminton Bonanza' which is being held at Neale-Wade Academy in March from 9am to 5pm. Colin hopes the event will inspire people to give Badminton a try as well as offer seasoned players a fun playing opportunity.

Four courts will be in action on the day, with players rotating throughout the day to ensure the Badminton never stops! Players can choose to take part for as much of the day as they wish. Equipment will be provided as well as refreshments.

Former Living Sport Sports Award winner, Colin, has played Badminton since he was 11 years old and has been coaching for 55 years. He has dedicated much of his life to the sport having coached over 8000 pupils and will be offering coaching support on the day.

Colin said: “It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or a top player everyone is welcome on the day and will get a game. I always like to help people and raise money and hope to raise funds for Living Sport which does a great job supporting people to be active and to get involved in sport.”

Kelly Vickers, Head of Business Development at Living Sport, said: “We are hugely grateful to Colin for choosing to fundraise for Living Sport. The event will be a fantastic opportunity for people of different ages and abilities to have fun together being active. A number of the Living Sport will be joining in on the day too and we are thrilled to be part of this community event.”

You can support Colin’s fundraiser by joining in on the day (entry fee of £5) or donating via Living Sport’s fundraising page.

Watch Colin talk about the event on BBC Look East (watch from 20:47)