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Havant Hornets are ready to host another spectacular junior tournament on Sunday.

Level two coach Maggie Phillips is organising the event at Havant Horizon Leisure Centre, Civic Centre Road.

Last year they had 100 entrants and this year the interest has been so great some had to be turned away.

Phillips said: ‘We were oversubscribed.

‘We have 101 entered for the tournament and I have had to turn around a dozen away.

‘I can’t take any more because we simply wouldn’t be able to run it.

‘It is the third year we have held the tournament and we are really pleased with how it has been received.’

Last year the tournament won praise from Badminton England.

It has attracted sponsorship and is continuing to grow.

There will be a wide range of players on show, from beginners to county development level.

Phillips added: ‘Specsavers are sponsoring us, along with Rackets Plus and Ashaway, while we have a group of volunteers helping on the day.

‘We have children from age eight up until 16, with singles matches in the morning and doubles in the afternoon.

‘The youngsters are from school and club level right up to county development, so there is a real mixed bag.

‘Hopefully the event will help us attract a few more members.’

Hornets club sessions take place on Mondays at Havant Horizon Leisure Centre (4pm to 6pm).

The first hour is for the younger players and beginners before the older, more experienced players take to the court.

Portsmouth’s Andrew Smith is one of the top names in badminton to come from the area.

He went on to become England’s number one and is currently ranked six in the country.

His dad Pete is head coach at the Hornets.

See the website havant-junior-badminton-club.com for more information.

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