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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

Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

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

Local Programmes

Leicester-Shire & Rutland GO GOLD Athletes

Take a look at the Profiles and Blogs of our current athletes, supported by the GO GOLD Funding Programme.

Team Leicestershire

'Team Leicestershire' is the umbrella Association for all traditional competitive school sport in secondary schools across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland.

National Programmes

Battle Badminton

Battle Badminton lets you find new, like-minded players (aged 18+) to play and take your social badminton to the next level.

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.

PlayBadminton

PlayBadminton is a badminton search engine that allows registered users to register interests, save searches, and manage clubs, venues and activities.

Racketheads

Racketheads is a social media channel has been launched for young people to chat, share content and get the latest on playing and watching badminton.

Smash Up

SmashUp! offers 16 high energy, interactive court activities which place the emphasis on fun and the social benefits of sport rather than formal skills development traditionally provided by coached cl

Local Contacts

Laura O'Connor

Relationship Manager

Badminton England

Telephone
01908 268400

Partners

  • Safeguarding
    County Sport Network
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Melton Borough Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    QUEST
    British Heart Foundation
    Loughborough University
    Equality Standard
  • Sport England
    Leicester City Council
    Age UK L&R
    Harborough District Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • Rutland County Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    Leicestershire County Council
    East Midlands Platform

Partners

  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Equality Standard
    Melton Borough Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Rutland County Council
    County Sport Network
  • Sport England
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Harborough District Council
    British Heart Foundation
  • Leicester City Council
    QUEST
  • Age UK L&R
    East Midlands Platform
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Safeguarding
  • Loughborough University