AN inclusive badminton tournament in Exeter has been declared a smashing success after many teams turned up for the event.

The two-day event organised by Inclusive Exeter, in association with sponsors, Live and Move, and supported by Exeter City Council, Devon Bengali Association and Amicus Law, took place at the Wonford Sports Centre.

Many teams took part during the weekend and it was Royal Bengal Tigers who were triumphant winners with 60 points just ahead of KKPP with 58 points.

A large crowd of supporters attended to watch the games, including two very tense semi-finals and the final.

Kate Hannan, Inclusive Exeter vice-chair, said: “Sincere thanks to everyone who took part or assisted with this weekend’s Badminton Tournament. 

“What a fabulous event it was with some really close games and a thrilling final. 

“Well done to all the players who did themselves proud and to our super chefs who provided such delicious lunches on both days. 

“Thanks also to the people who helped behind the scenes, washing up, clearing away, moving chairs etc, etc. Your help is appreciated too. 

“It was great to have the Lord Mayor present the trophies - has he ever been so often photographed in such a short space of time?”

A large crowd of supporters attended to watch the games and the tense semi-finals and final.

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Kevin Mitchell, a former badminton player, congratulated all who took part.

Cllr Duncan Wood, Lead Councillor for Leisure Services and Physical Activity at Exeter City Council, said: “It was wonderful that so many people from such a diverse set of backgrounds came together in the name of sport and friendship.  What a fantastic event!”