A Estrada tutea to the greats

Rodrigo Sanjurjo and Nikol Carulla are back from an unforgettable experience lived by both in Denmark. The two players from the A Estrada Badminton Club participated in one of the great events of the best European talents, who joined forces for nine days in the Danish town of Vejen for the BEC World Class Junior Camp, a summer camp held place between July 9 and 17. Both Sanjurjo and Carulla agreed to highlight both the level of the participants and that of a world-class concentration.

Carulla (third from the left), on the treadmill. |

In total, five Spanish representatives were part of the 37 Junior players from 13 different countries who worked on this campus that is part of the World Class program of Badminton Europe, one of the most complete on the current international scene in this sport. Along with Sanjurjo and Carulla, Lucía Rodríguez, Elena Payá and Dani Franco were also concentrated in Vejen.

Player selection was based on their performances at the European Under 17 Championship, and all medalists are invited to the RSL BEC World Class Camp. In addition, all medalists from the European Junior Championships will be invited to a two-week training camp in Asia. “The objective is to support the best European talents and players through different activities and programs,” they recall from the Spanish Badminton Federation.


It should be noted that Spanish badminton was also represented in the teaching team of the camp that took place in Danish lands. The international program for young promises was directed by the head coach Anu Nieminen (Finland) together with three other top-level coaches such as Petya Nedelcheva (Bulgaria), Sune Gavnholt (Denmark) and the Spanish José Antonio Crespo. All of them formed a very solid team of coaches, all with enormous experience as players of the highest international level and having participated several times in the Olympic Games, world championships, European championships and many other international tournaments of the highest competitive level.

Finally, Nikol Carulla highlights the good preparation acquired in Vejen for the next continental tournament, while Rodrigo Sanjurjo underlines the fact that he has been able to train and compete with the best in Europe, also using a strict methodology at all levels.



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