23 January, 2024
Badminton England is delighted to announce Derek Batchelor has been voted President after serving as Vice President of the nationwide governing physique for greater than three years.
Derek served as Chairman for nearly a decade previous to his Vice Presidency and has lengthy been devoted 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 rising badminton’s profile throughout the nation.
As Chairman, Derek gained large respect amongst Badminton England’s stakeholders, sponsors and different influential our bodies inside the sport, each domestically 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 continues to be lively inside his county of Bedfordshire as President and minute secretary having beforehand been its Chairman and training secretary.
For 25 years, Derek coached Bedfordshire’s junior squads and brings a wealth of expertise to the position each on and off the court docket.
Derek is accustomed to creating the subsequent era of badminton expertise and is very dedicated to rising and making the game inclusive, in keeping with Badminton England’s 10-year technique.
I’m delighted, humbled, and grateful for the religion that the voting membership has positioned in me to signify their views as I take over the Presidency of Badminton England – Derek Batchelor
Along with his different present roles, Derek is a member of Badminton England’s Disciplinary Committee, the Badminton World Federation’s Heritage Working Group and the Badminton Europe Confederation’s Historical past Working Group.
Derek may even turn out to be a Trustee of the Nationwide Badminton Museum as a part of his new position.
Badminton England is thrilled to have Derek on board as President and needs him properly forward of an thrilling 12 months for the game.
Upon his appointment, Derek mentioned, “I’m delighted, humbled, and grateful for the religion that the voting membership has 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 sequence of outstanding Presidents and I aspire to emulate the excessive requirements that they’ve set whereas placing my private stamp on the position.”
Chief Govt Sue Storey mentioned, “I’m very 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 all the things he does.
“He’ll proceed his voluntary work for the Badminton World Federation in addition to fulfilling his varied duties and roles for Badminton England.
“It’s good to have somebody of Derek’s stature to fulfil his position of President and I stay up for working with him.”