Badminton: Sponsorship boost for English game

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English badminton has secured a new six-figure sponsorship award and officials hope soon to announce a major lottery grant to help with their eight-year plan to improve performance.

Financiers Liverpool Victoria have given the Badminton Association of England pounds 40,000 for the 1998 National Championships, with that figure to be reviewed at the end of the season as part of a three-year deal.

The tournament will move from its home in Norwich to the Dolphin Leisure Centre in Haywards Heath, Sussex.

Meanwhile Steve Baddeley, the BAE's director for elite play, expects to announce the lottery grant at the National Championships, which run from 30 January to 1 February 1988.