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Badminton

What is Badminton?

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.

Badminton is a fast, dynamic racket sport played on an indoor court using rackets and shuttlecocks (feather or synthetic). It is played as singles, doubles and mixed doubles and caters for all ages and ability levels from beginner through to world class performance. 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.

Campaigns

Parents in Sport Week: 1-7 October

This year’s Parents in Sport Week takes place 1 – 7 October 2018.

Local Programmes

Daily Boost

The Daily Boost aims to encourage children and young people to do 15 minutes of organised activity at school every day.

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

Team Leicestershire

Team Leicestershire is the umbrella association for the traditional competitive school sport offer across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland.

National Programmes

No Strings Badminton

No Strings Badminton is the low cost way to play badminton for relaxed, social game-play for adult (16+) players of all abilities.

Local Contacts

Laura O'Connor

Relationship Manager

Badminton England

Telephone
01908 268400

Partners

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

Partners

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