Best of Darlington Awards 2019

Contribution to Sport Winner

Peter Walton

Contribution to Sport

Sponsored by the Move More Team, Darlington Borough Council

The judges are looking for groups or individuals who have made a major contribution to sport in Darlington through commitment to organising activities, volunteering or by being role models to others in their attitude to sport.

2019 Finalists:

Alan Rusk for 50 years of contribution to football in Darlington.

Andy Musgrave for the excellent support he has given to developing women’s football in Darlington.

Peter Walton for the support he has given to badminton in Darlington.

2019 Winner: Peter Walton

Peter has dedicated 46 years of service to his chosen sport. Aged 78 you will still find him every Saturday afternoon at the Dolphin Centre coaching for Dolphin Premier Badminton Club. He is a Badminton Level 3 Coach and Head Coach at The University of Sunderland and Farringdon Badminton Academy.

The game is truly his passion and his knowledge is often sought after. He has had the privilege to work alongside many elite coaches from all around the world to help fine tune his skills.

Peter has put in countless hours to Badminton and recently managed to help achieve a Premier Club status for Dolphin Badminton Club. He has helped develop many players throughout the town and has acted as a mentor and tutor for many budding coaches.

Award presented by Councillor Paul Howell


As previously stated, we were hoping to have our club’s A.G.M. shortly. It has now been arranged for SUNDAY, MAY 19th, 3.00 pm till around 5.00 pm at THE TANSEY CENTRE, 11 Church Street, South Hylton, Sunderland SR4 0QD
We would love to see as many people there, as possible and to have your input on your club. 
 We will cover everything from club kit to advertising to friendly competitions.  If you have any ideas at all, we would love to hear them.  If you are unable to come along but have any concerns or ideas, please let us know and we will be sure to include them.
I will be sending out an agenda early next week so look out for your email.

Good News.

Darlington Sports Winners Awards

The Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by another former Mayor, Lee Vasey, went to a 78-year-old who has dedicated 46 years of his life to badminton.

Peter Walton, head coach of Dolphin Premier Badminton Club and Farringdon Badminton Academy, was honoured for guiding countless young badminton players during an illustrious career.

Peter said: “It’s hard to find someone to take over, so as long as I’ve got arms and legs, I’ll just carry on because I just love the sport.”


As you have seen I’m well now and back in business-Peter.

Although everyone can’t make it on a club night, things are going well and we are seeing new faces.

I’m still waiting to get operation done.i hope they haven.t forgotten me!!

Badminton sessions are going well through the Summer Holidays,but we are not on Friday 24th August as it is a holiday weekend.See you soon.


We are on every Friday through the Summer Holidays