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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

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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

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Badminton England

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Rawlins Academy

Rawlins is an 11-18 Academy in Quorn

Robert Smyth Academy

Robert Smyth Academy

English Martyrs Catholic Voluntary Academy

We are a small Voluntary Aided Catholic Academy with 119 children aged between 4 - 11 yrs old on roll and are federated with St Augustine's Catholic Voluntary Academy in Stamford.

Aylestone Leisure Centre

Aylestone Leisure Centre offers activities in our sports halls, together with our swimming pools and fitness suite.

Cossington Street Sports Centre

Cossington Street Sports Centre has a large swimming pool, sauna facilities and courts for outdoor activities.

Loughborough University

Loughborough is extremely proud of its reputation for providing the best student experience. From its earliest days Loughborough University has produced research that matters, with strong links with industry, commerce and the professions.

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.

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.

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Partners

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