COMMONWEALTH Games gold medallist Tracey Hallam has been in Little Stanney to launch a new specialist badminton coaching centre.

Hallam, who won Badminton gold in Melbourne in 2006 and retired earlier this year, was on hand to officially open the West Cheshire Badminton Performance Centre at the David Lloyd Cheshire Oaks Fitness Club on Stanney Lane.

She was joined by former England player Steve Butler and offered tips and coaching advice before playing some matches against the centre’s first members and demonstration matches with Steve and two Malaysian internationals, Lim Kenn and Anita Raj Kaur.

Performance Centre head coach Kay Vickers said: “It’s fantastic that we have had such support to inspire our young players.”

Nationally the Badminton England Performance Centre initiative has arisen from their ambition to become the best in the world by 2016.

The West Cheshire Performance Centre is the first of three planned for Cheshire and the 14th in the country to be accredited.

It aims to promote and develop badminton for all players, not just the most talented.

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