The League was formed in 1947 by clubs and for clubs – providing competitive badminton in the region across county lines for the first time.
From a single mixed league competition for Junior and Senior grades, SWLBL has grown significantly in the number of grades and competitions.
Now there are 7 grades in mixed leagues & knock-out cups. The 90s saw the addition of the annual Championships and the last few years brought the men’s and ladies leagues and Shuttlefest tournament. This decade also saw juvenile age group competitions included in the SWLBL for the first time with the introduction of the U17 Declan Casey Cup and the addition of U17 competitions to the Championships. The Bob Jones Cup for Club of the Year is also a recent and welcome addition – rewarding a Club in SWLBL each year for it’s promotion of, support and enthusiasm for the sport.
SWLBL has always had at it’s heart individuals who are committed to and passionate about badminton and our League. It is these individuals we would like to thank for creating, growing and working tirelessly for the League over the past 70 years, many of whom are represented in the video above which was put together for the 70th Anniversary celebration in 2018.
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