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Boys' Brigade Irish National Badminton Champions

1st Garvagh Boys Brigade travelled to Donegal on the 5th March 2011 to take on 1st Letterkenny in the Irish National Badminton Finals. The contest consisted of 6 double pairings and Garvagh looked to be in trouble when the hosts took an early 2-1 lead. However the Garvagh Boys were not to be denied and took the next 3 matches to run out 4-2 winners in a marathon 3 hour match which saw the fortunes swing back and forward and which had the spectators on the edge of their seats throughout. The trophy was presented to the Alan Moore by Maurice Wray , the 1st Letterkenny BB Company Captain, who commented on the high standard of badminton from both teams and the excellent level of Sportsmanship throughout the match.

Both teams can now look forward to the Boys' Brigade British Finals to be held in London on the 30th of April 2011. With the Coleraine Battalion title and the Irish National title secured , 1st Garvagh hope to add the Northern Ireland title to their list of achievements when they take on 4th Newtownabbey in the final at the end of March.

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Battalion Badminton Results 2010/11

The divisions for the 2010-2011 Session were:-


The Division 1 competition was held in the Jim Watt Leisure Centre Garvagh. Each team competed against each other in a round robin event, which saw 1st Garvagh come out the eventual winners with a total of 16points. 1st Ballywatt and 5th Coleraine came in equal second with 10 points.
  • 1st Ballywatt
  • 2nd Coleraine
  • 5th Coleraine
  • 1st Garvagh


The Division 2 competition was held in the St Patricks Church Hall. Again each team competed against each other in a round robin event, which saw 2nd Limavady come out the eventual winners.
  • 1st Coleraine
  • 1st Drumachose
  • 1st Kilrea
  • 2nd Limavady

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Battalion Orienteering Competition 2011

23 boys from 5 different Companies took part in the Annual Orienteering Competition held in the grounds of the University of Ulster Coleraine. The competition was held in conjunction with the North West Orienteering Club who had organised 3 separate courses on the University Campus. The Club provided the electronic tags for each boy which allowed full print outs of times at each Check point and Total finish time. Thanks to the Mark Hudson from the North West Orienteering Club for all his help and support during the day.

The team event saw each of the 3 team members competing on one of the 3 Courses, with the total cumulative time determining the winner of the team event. 1st Balteagh won the competition with an Impressive total time of 68.82mins for the 3 team members, Michael Smyth of 1st Balteagh coming in with a very fast individual time of 19.41mins to take the Individual Senior award. Wesley McCartney of 1st Coleraine posted the fastest U-15 time of 25mins to take the Individual Junior award.

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Activity Ideas: Coleraine Climbing Wall

Situated just 5 miles from the spectacular North Coast is a purpose built climbing wall set in it’s own area of the Coleraine Scout Hall. Changing facilities showers catering area. Car parking. Height 6m width 12m (approx) 10 routes currently. Direct route traverse and overhang sections.

Fully equipped, certified guides and instructors. H&S approved, full insurance provided. Ropes liners and helmets on site. Available to pre book for parties of 10 and over. Evenings and weekends. Excellent kitchen and changing facilities on site. Drinks included. Prepare and serve your own hot or cold refreshments. Costs £50 per 3 hour session for 10 people with full supervision and first aid in attendance. £5 per person for a further 10 to 30 climbers.

Discounts available for block or repeat bookings.Contact us on for full information.