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International SoliBad Badminton Tournament

The London ISBT committee is delighted to announce the 1st International SoliBad Badminton Tournament to be held in London (details about the SoliBad charity below). The tournament will take place at Sobell Leisure Centre (N7 7NY), London on the weekend of 28th-30th June 2013. This first year the tournament consists of 2 full days of badminton, and three evenings of entertainment!

The tournament is a charity event organized as a part of the official SoliBad day 2013 and is based on the very successful International Student Badminton Tournament format. A Swiss Ladder tournament system will be operated catering for all levels of play (18+ adult's only) from complete beginner to advanced player, with equal amounts of badminton for all involved. There will be 4 grades and partners will be drawn at random. Singles, doubles and mixed competitions will be played (2 disciplines per participant) with all individuals’ scores contributing to their overall team score.

Tournament category descriptions and tournament shuttles (not supplied):
A. Elite players – e.g. represented your country, your province, your county team - Feather
B. Advanced – e.g. below county level, plays competitively for your club - Feather
C. Intermediate – e.g. played badminton for a number of years and regularly - Feather
D. Beginner – e.g. first time playing, or less than 3 years socially – Plastic or Feather if preferred

Teams can enter from 1 to 25 (max) people. If a team wishes to enter more players than this – they must contact the committee directly. Overall team scores at the end are averaged by the number of participants (minimum of 5 on a team to be eligible for the team prize) to determine the winning team. Registration is on Friday 28th from 7pm (venue to be confirmed) and play will begin at 9am Saturday 29 th June 2013 and continue on Sunday. After play on both days there will be dinner, entertainment and on Sunday, prize-givings. Breakfast and lunch on both days will be provided also.

Fee: £50 or €55 per person
Closing date is Friday 31st May 2013 - or earlier, if deposits are received for the maximum capacity of entrants
Deposits of £20 or €25 per player is essential to guarantee entry places. Remainder to be paid at registration

Entry fee includes: Entry fee excludes:
• 2 days badminton
• 2 breakfasts
• 2 lunches
• 2 dinners
• 3 planned parties • Shuttles
• Transport
• Accommodation
• Parking
• Tournament T-shirt

To enter:

1. Create a new team, if your team is not already in the list of teams

2. Register yourself as a new player on the players page

3. Go to the payments page to see methods of payment - paypal or bank transfer

This tournament is not for profit and any budget excess will be donated to the SoliBad charity

SoliBad charity
For information about the SoliBad charity please refer to its website

Travel details:
Getting to London – You have many choices fly to; Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Southend or City airports are all London’s airports. From each, there is public transport to get into the city centre, and from there the Tube can take you where you need to go.
Tip – use to plan your journey around London and use an Oyster card for cheaper fares on public transport.

Getting from tube to Sobell Leisure Centre is really easy to get to from Holloway Road tube station or from Finsbury Park tube station – just 10 mins walk from either. Holloway Road is on the Piccadilly line only, and Finsbury Park is on both the Piccadilly and Victoria tube lines.
Tube tip – Do not get off the Tube at Arsenal – it’s literally on the wrong side of the tracks even though it looks close by. To get to Sobell from there, you’ll pretty much have to walk back to one of the other stations!


There isn't much by way of decent budget hotels within very close proximity to Sobell, but London's famous Underground means getting to and fro is relatively easy. The majority of the suggestions below are centred near King's Cross station as this is well under 30 mins from the hall by public transport and well connected for those travelling to and from the city for the weekend. Also, it makes getting home from nights out easier and cheaper for people if most are going in the same general direction! All accommodation in London will fill up quickly at this time of year so please book early if you want your team to be together and within a reasonable distance to Sobell.

Arsenal Tavern Hostel - Closest Cheap accommodation you're likely to find, but don't expect luxury!
Clink Hostels, Kings Cross - These are 2 sister hostels within walking distance of King's Cross. Clink 261 is described as "boutique" and is closer to the station, whereas Clink 78 appears to be more of a party-friendly hostel.
Travelodge, Kings Cross - Cheapest of the hotels on the list if you're willing to sleep 3 to a room.
Premier Inn, Kings Cross - Premier Inn Islington as an alternative is slightly cheaper but also slightly further from the sports hall.
Comfort Inn Kings Cross
Holiday Inn Kings Cross - Discount on bookings fully paid 21 days in advance of check-in.
Crestfield Hotel Kings Cross - No lifts so be sure to say you have heavy bags with sports gear & equipment and want a lower floor room if possible. (Also the lower rooms are bigger) Very limited spaces here, but had to be included as it has a 24 hour bar!
Apartment Rentals if you prefer
Generic search around the N7 7NY location, for proximity to the tournament

The theme of this year’s tournament is the "London Underground". We picked this for a number of reasons:

its colourful tube lines are a similar scheme to the SoliBad logo
it's an icon of London & is 150 years old this year
there are a massive number of fancy dress possibilities with all the tube station names (for some ideas look here)

We look forward to seeing representatives from your Club/University/Country at what will be a highly enjoyable tournament for all involved. If you have any questions please contact the committee at [masked] or post on our facebook page

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  • Vinh Q.

    Solibad Tournament Results:
    I won the Mens Doubles intermediate.
    Came 3rd in Mixed Doubles intermediate.
    LondonMet Team:
    LondonMet team came 10th out of 30 teams.
    Neil Gould won the Mixed Doubles advance.
    Adela Ivascu and Laysan Khasanshina,
    won a cup for Ladies and Mixed Doubles at beginner level.
    Overall player Ranking out of 208 players:
    Neil came 2nd
    I came 10th
    Well done everyone, even though 90% of you were badminton tournament virgin!

    July 2, 2013

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