Funding appeal to support a trip of a lifetime to Malaysia

Two brothers Owen and Spencer Tuckwell from Kirkcaldy have been selected to take part in a training academy in Malaysia in the summer to be trained by top players and coaches in badminton. Pic: George McLuskie.
Two brothers Owen and Spencer Tuckwell from Kirkcaldy have been selected to take part in a training academy in Malaysia in the summer to be trained by top players and coaches in badminton. Pic: George McLuskie.

Two aspiring young badminton players from Kirkcaldy are appealing for funding so they can go on the trip of a lifetime and train with some of the world’s best players in Malaysia.

Brothers Owen (13) and Spencer Tuckwell (10), from Templehall, have been selected as part of a small group of children from around Scotland to have the opportunity to spend three weeks in Kuala Lumpar in July.

The group will be training and staying with the Petaling Badminton training academy – a team from the best badminton league in the world – the purple league based in Malaysia.

Mum Elaine said as a group they need to raise over £7000: “This is a fantastic opportunity for them to take from the wealth of experience of Malaysian badminton and bring it to their game. To enable them to be part of this fantastic opportunity they are taking part in various fundraising events such as bag packing, a sponsored walk, quizzes and cake sales.”

She said they have written to businesses for either funding donations or sponsorship which can help pay for the accommodation at the badminton academy as well as the coaching.

Both boys started playing badminton when they were at Fair Isle Primary through an after school club which was funded through the Big Lottery. They then joined another club in Kirkcaldy and started playing in tournaments. They have since gone on to play at a club in Cupar and now train three to four times a week as well as competing in tournaments.

Anyone wanting to make a donation should email Elaine at: ems80@live.co.uk