On 6th of December there won't be normal Tuesdays's trainings as it is Finland's independence day. The courts are still available for the players to use for free. So there will be no coaches at the hall, but the players can use the courts at the same time as their training would normally be.

This weekend, after a few years, we get to fight for the Finnish club championships again! The competitions will be played for the first time at Finland's biggest badminton arena, the Vantaa Energia Areena. Team championships is known as a competition for an exceptionally good atmosphere, when the teams cheer for their players with great emotion and volume. All kinds of drums and other instruments and equipment are very welcome in the stands!

Six clubs will play in the competition: Tapion Sulka, ESB, HBC, BadU, PuiU and Savon Sulka. All teams play against each other during the weekend. Team matches start on Saturday at 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm, and on Sunday at 10 am and 1 pm.

The Tapion Sulka's team this year includes Tyko Aakko, Rasmus Andersson, Sarah Asfar, Alex Gras, Tuuli Härkönen, Tommi Kaikkonen, Tony Lindelöf, Aleksi Mäki, Kevin Ni, Oliver Oldorff, Sonja Pekkola, Petra Saarnivaara, Helena Santalahti, Jesse Siilasmaa, Nella Siilasmaa, Ellen Virta and Annika Vokkolainen. Come and support our team and enjoy the games of Finland's best players!

Next ranking event will be on Saturday 5th of November in Esport Center. Event is free for all the Tapion Sulka members, and everybody is welcome regardless of age and skill level. Competition starts at 10am but it’s worth coming to the hall well in advance so you have time to warm up properly. NB! The registration has to be done via myClub latest on the day before the competition at 6pm! More info about the event can be found here. If you have any questions about the event, you can ask them via e-mail ranking@tapionsulka.fi. Welcome!

After the age group championships were canceled from week 47, we decided to use the freed Saturday for the long-awaited Junior Skill and Team Competition, which hasn't been organized yet after the covid times. And now we can! So 26.11.2022 Rajakylä at Vantaa is the place to be!

In the Skill and Team Competition, a badminton team competition is played, as well as the "Taitokisa"= Skill competition, which includes a skills course and a badminton quiz. The competitions are separate and both are contested as teams. Almost all the age groups have separate hobby category and competitive category, meaning that players of all levels are welcome to the event! At the end of the day, all participants will receive a participation award with the competition logo, and the best performing teams will be awarded with team trophies. The event has always been extremely popular, a unique place for juniors to experience team play in badminton and spend a fun day with their club mates.

The following categories are played in the competition:

U9 (2014 born and younger)

U11, Hobby and Competitive categories (2012 & 2013)

U13, Hobby and Competitive categories (2010 & 2011)

U15, Hobby and Competitive categories(2008 & 2009)

Those participating in the competitive categories need a license, which can be bought through Suomisport. Hobby categories are very suitable for players who have been to less or no competitions, there the level is moderate. Having fun, learning new things and meeting new friends is more important than winning. Entry fee for U9 category is 10€ and for other categories 25€.

Registration for the competition happens through your own club. Ask your club's coach who will assemble the teams for your club (Tapion Sulka players registrations to Nella by email at nella.siilasmaa@gmail.com). If your club cannot find a team for the junior's age group, it is worth contacting other clubs if you could join their team. This is how it has been done for many years with players coming from smaller clubs, we try to get everyone into the competition who wants to join! Hopefully your coach can help with this, or you can contact other clubs yourself.

During the day, lunch is available at the hall. Lunch must be booked in advance when registering! Chicken pasta & Seitan pasta + salad and bread are available, for €9.50. Allergies are taken into account.

Summary of the important details

When: 26.11.2022

Where: Rajakylän tenniskeskus, Latukuja 2, 01280 Vantaa

What: Season's best junior event

How: Registrations through your own club. Remember to book lunch if you wish

For who: All juniors born in 2008 after, for all the experienced competitors, novice competitors and also hobby players

See you there!

Take a look at the challenges in Taitokisa's introductory video in advance (same ones as in 2020): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruWfmc3O6gI&t=1s

And here you can check the atmosphere of the 2020 and 2018 competitions:

In our wide range of practice groups, there are groups for the youngest members of the family as well, all the way to 4-year-olds. Here we present Family Badminton (Perhesulkis), Mini Badminton (Minisulkis) and Mini Aces (Miniässät) groups. Check out also our other group offerings here and sign up! You can try any of the groups twice free of charge if you wish to do so. You can contact the club's head coach Lasse Lindelöf to get more info about the testing of the groups (e-mail: lasse.lindelof@tapionsulka.fi).

Family Badminton (Perhesulkis): Start a awesome hobby together with your 4-6-year-old child!

Family Badminton is a great way for children under school age to get to know badminton and basic sports skills together with a parent. For parents, Family Badminton offers a light sports moment and time together with the child. Family Badminton is on duty every Thursday at 16:30-17:30, coached by six time Finnish women's doubles champion Sonja Pekkola!

Mini Badminton (Minisulkis): Basics of badminton through fun games and playing!

In Mini Badminton, the child gets to already get involved in independent hobby with the help of other peers and excellent coaches. In Mini Badminton, kids practice real badminton, but through play-like exercises. Depending on the level of the group, during the season we can also get to a level where kids get to play "real" matches. The goal of Mini Badminton is to get excited about the sport and get a good base from which they can try harder groups in the future. The Mini Badminton practices are on Mondays from 17:00 to 18:00, and the current women's singles Finnish champion Nella Siilasmaa is the head coach of the group, and two of our club's top juniors, Annika Vokkolainen and Jesse Siilasmaa, are assistant coaches!

If the child already hits the shuttle fairly well and is immediately excited to develop and play in trainings, we recommend to come and try Mini Aces (Miniässät) groups. Miniässät has a lot of Mini Badminton players from previous years. In the Miniässät groups we train and practice skills a little more compared to the Minisulkis group, but still through fun playfulness. The groups are aimed at 8-11 year olds, but 6-year-olds have also participated in the groups. Our club offers Miniässät groups on Mondays from 17:30 to 19:00, Wednesdays from 16:30 to 17:30 and Thursdays from 16:30 to 17:30. Come and try it out! The coaches can also help with finding the best group for each child.

Welcome to join the training groups of the fall season 2022! The season starts 15th of August. Check out the group options here and do the registrations in MyClub. For all the new members: before registration you have to be a member of our club. Here you can find out how to join Tapion Sulka. Book your place in time and come enjoy the best sport in the world with us!

Tapion Sulka Ry 

Toiminnanjohtaja Lasse Lindelöf
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