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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.

Make your Move

Tue, 06 Nov 2018

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GO GOLD Funding Programme

The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented young athletes, including those athletes who are being recognised by their National Governing Bodies as being our future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth

National Governing Bodies

Badminton England

Contact Email
enquiries@badmintonengland.co.uk
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01908 268400

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University is ranked amongst the UK's greenest universities in the Green League for our environmental commitment. We have 28,000 students (HESA 2011 / 12) and have invested £350 million since 2003 across our three campuses to create an i

Evington Leisure Centre

Evington Leisure Centre has two pools, four court sports hall and a large fitness studio.

Leicester City Football Club Community Trust

Charity arm of Leicester City Football Club delivery community and school based sports initiatives.

Harborough Leisure Centre

The wide range of activities available ensures there is something for you - whatever your age or ability.

Netball Badminton Centre

World class Netball and Badminton specific facilities.

Ivanhoe College

Specialist Technology College in North West Leicestershire

Weekly Wednesday Badminton Sessions - Braunstone, Leicester

Weekly Wednesday Badminton Sessions - Braunstone, Leicester

Badminton Club Wednesday Night Session

South Leicestershire Badminton Junior Club - 5:30pm to 7:00pm season 2019/20 sessions

South Leicestershire Badminton Junior Club - 5:30pm to 7:00pm season 2019/20 sessions

These 5:30pm to 7:00pm Badminton Sessions during Autumn and Spring School Terms are aimed at aged 11 to 17 years (school years 7 to 12 only) of intermediate / advanced standard.

South Leicestershire Badminton Junior Club - 4:30pm to 5:30pm season 2019/20 sessions

South Leicestershire Badminton Junior Club - 4:30pm to 5:30pm season 2019/20 sessions

These 4:30pm to 5.30pm Badminton Sessions during the Autumn & Spring School Terms are aimed at aged 8 to 15 years (school years 3 to 10 only) of beginner & intermediate standard.

Pay as you play junior badminton school summer holidays

Pay as you play junior badminton school summer holidays

The club is offering open to anyone aged 8 to 18 years"Pay as you Play" badminton for the first 3 weeks of August during the Schools Summer Holidays. These will be none coaching sessions and will be aimed to offer competition and fun games.

Essentials Badminton weekly coaching sessions for Adults

Essentials Badminton weekly coaching sessions for Adults

These sessions are aimed at adults beginners / intermediates keen to improve their playing confidence by receiving coaching based on the "essential" badminton skill-set in a relaxed, fun and sociable environment.

Harborough LC Junior Badminton Club - 4:00pm to 5:00pm session for season 2019/20

Harborough LC Junior Badminton Club - 4:00pm to 5:00pm session for season 2019/20

These 4:00pm to 5:00pm Badminton Sessions during Autumn, Spring & Summer School Terms are aimed at aged 8 to 15 years (school years 3 to 10) of beginner & intermediate standard. • Children will have the opportunity to take part in “The Racket Pack” award scheme.

Harborough LC Junior Badminton Club - 5:00pm to 6:00pm session for season 2019/20

Harborough LC Junior Badminton Club - 5:00pm to 6:00pm session for season 2019/20

These 5:00pm to 6:00pm Badminton Sessions during Autumn, Spring & Summer School Terms are aimed at aged 11 to 16 years (school years 6 to 11 only) of beginner & intermediate standard. • Children will have the opportunity to take part in “The Racket Pack” award scheme.

Harborough LC Junior Badminton Club - 6:00pm to 7:00pm session for season 2019/20

Harborough LC Junior Badminton Club - 6:00pm to 7:00pm session for season 2019/20

These 6:00pm to 7:00pm Badminton Sessions during Autumn, Spring & Summer School Terms are aimed at aged 14 to 18 years (school years 8 to 13 only) of intermediate /advanced standard. • Dependant on Numbers Children in school years 8 & 9 (aged 12/13) would be accepted based on their playing ability.

Disability Multi Sports Club

Disability Multi Sports Club

For all Children and young people aged (0-25) with SEN/SEND & their families to participate in a variety of sports and soft play/sensory play in Northampton

£4 per child - £6 for 2 or more children - Parents and carers are free

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Partners

  • Leicestershire County Council
    H&B LSA
  • Harborough LSA
    Sport England
  • Active Partnerships
    Charnwood LSA
  • Active Leicester
    Active Rutland
  • NWL LSA
    Equality Standard
  • Melton LSA
    O&W LSA
  • Blaby LSA
    Safeguarding