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Badminton is a racket sport that involves hitting a shuttlecock over a net on indoor courts. Points are scored when the opponent is unable to return the shuttlecock before it hits the floor.

An Overview of Badminton

  • Badminton is the world's fastest racquet sport, there's a raised net and you can play singles or doubles.
  • The aim is to hit a shuttlecock, a cone shaped object usually made of feathers with a cork or rubber base, over the net with your racquet.
  • If the shuttlecock lands inside your opponent's half, or if they fail to return it back over the net in the rally, you win the point.
  • The first to 21 points will win a game, and a match is a best out of three games.

Courts can be found in schools, universities, leisure centres, badminton and mixed sports clubs.

Benefits

  • It's can be a great aerobic exercise but the intensity is up to you, it can be energetic or a light workout.
  • Find a tough opponent for a full-body workout that tests your agility and stamina.
  • The tactics make it a good all round work out for your brain as well
  • Your flexibility, balance and reaction speed is enhanced by all the twisting, turning, jumping and stretching
  • Hand to eye co-ordination is tested, as are your reflexes

Costs

Cost to hire a court can vary across the country but generally it will set you back somewhere between £6 – £12 per hour and in some cases badminton court hire comes as part of a wider membership offer with Leisure Centre's membership benefits. Alternatively, you can just turn up and play at any of the No Strings sessions for just £3-£5 per session, with sessions lasting from one to three hours.

Involvement

You can play in a sports hall, or a school, leisure centre or social club even. You can also play outdoors - no court or net required - so long as the weather isn't too rough! If you're enjoying badminton and looking to make a bigger commitment, join a club. Most cater for social and competitive players at junior and senior level.

Equipment

For a beginner, badminton is a relatively low cost sport to start playing. If you want to buy your own equipment then you need to consider the racket and shuttles.

Racket: These are made of various lightweight materials. They come in many different makes and prices but If you are just starting the game you do not need to buy the most expensive racket. Buy a racket that suits you.

Shuttle: These are plastic or feathered. If you are just starting, plastic shuttles are ideal and cheaper. They come in three speeds - fast, medium and slow. Buy medium speed to start with until you know more about the game.

Facts

  • Simon Archer and Jo Goode won Britain's first Olympic medal in Sydney 2000 - a bronze in the mixed doubles.

Find Badminton Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Governing Bodies

Badminton England

Contact Email
enquiries@badmintonengland.co.uk
Contact Telephone
01908 268400

Senior Physical Activity and Sport Programme

As part of the University of Worcester Community engagement initiative, the SPAAS programme offers physical activity opportunities to individuals aged 60 or above within Worcestershire. SPAAS offers a wide variety of senior sports, exercise classes and ac

Droitwich Spa Leisure Centre

With an abundance of activities on offer, get the whole family involved and enjoy the fantastic facilities on offer at Droitwich Spa Leisure Centre.

Rivers Fitness Room
Exercise Studio
Squash Courts
25m Swimming Pool
4 Court Sports Hall
All Weathe

Vision Sports Academy CIC

Vision Sports Academy CIC (VSA) is a Birmingham based sports coaching social enterprise, more specifically a community interest company which tackles social objectives & reinvests profits back into the community.

Worcester Community Trust

Worcester Community Trust runs six Community Centres in Worcester. We have facilities available for hire for Sports Clubs from Meeting Rooms to Small Sports Halls and a 3G Synthetic Pitch. If you need a venue in Worcester please do not hesitate to contact

Herefordshire Badminton Academy

Provide badminton to all abilities and ages of young person in Herefordshire from 6 - 21. Club Mark and Badminton England Premier Club. Level 2 coaches and a supportive ethos and culture

University of Worcester Badminton Performance Centre

Badminton performance centre held at the University of Worcester Arena every Tuesday and Thursday night 6 till 8pm. It caters for players aged 10 to 20 years. It provides top class coaching for beginner to elite players.

Nunnery Wood Sports Complex

Nunnery Wood Sports Complex is located to the rear of Nunnery Wood High School off Spetchley Road. The site benefits from leafy surroundings, being adjacent to both the Nunnery Woods themselves, and Worcester Countryside Centre.

West Mercia Badminton Club

WMBC is a highly successful club based in Hindlip Worcester, with teams in Premier Division for Mens, Mixed, Ladies and Vets Doubles. With two club/match night’s each week, we provide the chance for regular competitive/recreational sessions. WMBC is a B

Only Girls Allowed - Dines Green

Only Girls Allowed - Dines Green

Bringing girls and women of all ages together, giving you the confidence to join in new sports and exercise within the local area.

Only Girls Allowed - Sixways Stadium

Only Girls Allowed - Sixways Stadium

Bringing girls and women of all ages together, giving you the confidence to join in new sports and exercise within the local area.

Only Girls Allowed

Only Girls Allowed

Bringing girls and women of all ages together, giving you the confidence to join in new sports and exercise within the local area.

Only Girls Allowed - Kidderminster

Only Girls Allowed - Kidderminster

Bringing girls and women of all ages together, giving you the confidence to join in new sports and exercise within the local area.

Part Time Sport Coaching Positions

DMUsport Development Coaches will deliver expert tuition to the university’s student clubs, and support the activity of the club, to support the player pathway, specifically those participants new to, or looking to move towards competitive opportunities.
They will develop working relationship with internal and external partners, to the benefit of the club, student members and the university as a whole.

This is a temporary role for the season 2019/2020; the working vary depending on the coaching position applied for.