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Charyle Mercer, left, and Mei Fairall  at Wimbledon Park Sports Centre in Southsea   Picture: Sarah Standing (151574-4497)
Charyle Mercer, left, and Mei Fairall at Wimbledon Park Sports Centre in Southsea Picture: Sarah Standing (151574-4497)
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A new information board describing Portsmouth’s historic relationship with badminton has been unveiled at Wimbledon Park Sports Centre in Southsea.

Established in 1893, Portsmouth was home to the world’s first Badminton Association and has been home to various stars ever since.

The board was put together by Owen Devine, secretary of the Portsmouth College Badminton Association, with the support of the City Council.

‘When we started out many years ago, we never thought it would develop into the city’s fastest-growing badminton club,’ said Mr Devine. ‘With a nod to our heritage, we look forward to reinvigorating interest in this great sport.’