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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 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.

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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

PfP Leisure

Not-for-profit organisation provided leisure facilities to clients across the country including local authorities. Manage over 120 leisure centres in England.

Aldercar High School & Community Centre

Aldercar High School and 6th Form Centre is an important resource for all the community, providing an excellent service not only to students, but also to the wider community it serves.

Shuttles 5-7

We play badminton weekly for a two-hour session at Derby Arena on Thursday evenings 17:00 to 19:00. This is a social club, though each game can be very competitive.

Informal badminton sessions

Informal badminton sessions

Informal badminton sessions aimed at seniors

Weekly Badminton Sessions - Braunstone, Leicester

Weekly Badminton Sessions - Braunstone, Leicester

Badminton Club Wednesday Night Session

Weekly Badminton Sessions - Braunstone, Leicester

Weekly Badminton Sessions - Braunstone, Leicester

Badminton Club Monday 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.