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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.

This Girl Can

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Let's Talk Badminton

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60 minutes of 'you time' on a badminton court – time to socialise, to de-stress, to keep fit, to compete, to challenge yourself.

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Badminton England

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Chilwell Badminton Club

Chilwell Badminton Club

A friendly league badminton club for players aspiring to play competitively. New players welcome, (free trial session).
Mens, Ladies And Mixed Teams in Notts BA League.
Club Night - Wednesday - 5.30-7.00 pm (early session) 7.00-10.00 pm (late session)

Harvey Hadden Sports Village

Harvey Hadden Sports Village

Harvey Hadden Sports Village opened September 2015 with the only 50m pool in Nottingham to offer public swimming every day. The £16m redevelopment is the largest investment of Nottingham City Council's Leisure transformation Programme.

The National Church of England Academy

The National Church of England Academy

Prime sports facilities that are available for hire to the local community in the evenings and the weekends.

Barnsley Premier Leisure

Barnsley Premier Leisure

Multi-use Leisure centres ion Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire

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Badminton (Primary School Children)

After school badminton sessions with highly experienced Badminton England qualified coaches.

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Badminton - Ages 12-14

After school badminton sessions ran by highly experienced Badminton England qualified coaches.

Badminton- Ages 14+

Badminton- Ages 14+

After school badminton sessions with highly experienced Badminton England qualified coaches.

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Devon Badminton Club!
We are a friendly Badminton Club of mixed ability (League & Club level standard).
Club night is Tuesday, 7pm-10pm
at The Magnus Sports Ctr Site
Bowbridge Rd, Newark-on-Trent, Newark NG24 4BZ

Junior Badminton

Junior Badminton

Junior badminton coaching session on Tuesday evenings from 5pm-6pm. This a great way for children to learn the art of badminton with a qualified coach. W

South Leicestershire Badminton Club - Club Night Sessions

South Leicestershire Badminton Club - Club Night Sessions

South Leicestershire Badminton Club's adult sessions will be running on Friday evenings from 7.30pm-10.00pm. We have a range of mens, ladies and mixed teams which are suitable for intermediate to advanced players.

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