January 23, 2024
Badminton England is happy to announce that Derek Batchelor has been elected president after serving as vice-president of the nationwide governing physique for greater than three years.
Derek served as chairman for nearly ten years earlier than his vice-presidency and has lengthy been dedicated to the development of the game in varied roles.
Following the unhappy passing of former President Diana Troke in October, Derek will proceed to construct on her legacy of elevating the profile of badminton throughout the nation.
As Chairman, Derek gained monumental respect amongst stakeholders, sponsors and different influential our bodies throughout the sport of Badminton England, each nationally and globally.
Derek is a former director of Badminton GB and has represented Badminton England at conferences with Sport England, UK Sport and the British Paralympic Affiliation.
He stays lively in his county of Bedfordshire as president and minutes secretary, having beforehand served as chairman and training secretary.
Derek has coached Bedfordshire’s junior groups for 25 years and brings a wealth of expertise each on and off the sphere.
Derek is used to creating the subsequent era of badminton expertise and is deeply dedicated to rising and making the game inclusive, according to Badminton England’s ten-year technique.
I’m delighted, humbled and grateful for the boldness the voting members have positioned in me to signify their views as I take over the chairmanship of Badminton England – Derek Batchelor
Along with his different present roles, Derek is a member of the Badminton England Disciplinary Committee, the Heritage Working Group of the Badminton World Federation and the Historical past Working Group of the Badminton Europe Confederation.
As a part of his new position, Derek can even grow to be a Trustee of the Nationwide Badminton Museum.
Badminton England is delighted to have Derek on board as President and needs him each success in an thrilling yr for the game.
On his appointment, Derek stated: “I’m delighted, humbled and grateful for the boldness the voting members have positioned in me to signify their views as I take over the presidency of Badminton England.
“I’m totally conscious that I’m following within the footsteps of a collection of outstanding presidents and I attempt to emulate the excessive requirements they set whereas placing my private stamp on the position.”
Chief Govt Sue Storey stated: “I’m more than happy to be working with Derek Batchelor as President of Badminton England.
“Derek is a real gentleman who has at all times given his all to the game in every thing he does.
“He’ll proceed his volunteer work for the Badminton World Federation and fulfill his varied duties and roles for Badminton England.
“It’s sensible to have somebody of Derek’s stature to fill his position as president and I stay up for working with him.”