Two University of Sunderland badminton teams have been withdrawn from BUCS competitions due to a lack of players.
Having struggled to field teams for previous fixtures, the men’s second team and the women’s first team have fallen foul of a decrease in students keen to play the sport, with the majority of last year’s squad having graduated.
Subsequently, the men’s first team will be the Sunderland’s only representation in BUCS action this year – a real shame for new president Elliot Rodham.
“It’s disappointing but we just didn’t have the numbers to compete on a regular basis,” said Rodham.
Yet it’s not all doom and gloom for Rodham’s men, as the first team picked up a vital victory in last weeks Northern Conference Cup – defeating Huddersfield 7-1.
“The first team will not be affected, but there will not be a second team. If anything it will make the firsts stronger.
“We are hoping to get a team out on a week to week basis,” added Rodham.
Eager to put this season’s recruitment woes to one side, the badminton boss has eyes already set on next season.
“We will definitely work harder at the beginning of the season to recruit more players and get the word out there that there is a team at Sunderland.”
Yet it’s not only the Sunderland university team struggling for a team recently, according to Rodham it’s a common theme within Wearside badminton.
He said: “Some teams have loads of players, others have none at all, there’s no even spilt.
“It’s a shame, because badminton is a really great sport to play.”