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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.

National Governing Bodies

Badminton England

Contact Email
enquiries@badmintonengland.co.uk
Contact Telephone
01908 268400

Dereham Leisure Centre

With state of the art equipment and enthusiastic staff on hand to help you, our gym is the perfect place to get fit! You can pay separately each time you go, or for a great deal you can sign up to our expressions fitness membership and gain exclusive bene

North Walsham Sports Centre

At North Walsham Sports Centre you can enjoy a vast array of activities in our sports hall, tennis courts and gymnasium too.

Badminton

Beccles Badminton Club

An active medium sized club with both Senior and Junior members covering a wide diversity of skill levels, including one or two county players. As well as club level games, we also have five teams playing in the Norwich and District Badminton League (two

Cromer Sports Centre

Here at the Cromer Sports Centre you can enjoy a huge range of activities in our sports hall and on our outdoor artificial pitch.

Thetford Academy Community Sports Centre and TTA Fitness

Thetford Academy has a variety of sports facilities available for hire, including sports hall, tennis courts, football pitch, MUGA, dance and drama studio and auditorium with tiered seating.

Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre

Offering a whole host of sports and activities, Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre is dedicated to helping the local community get more active.

GOYA Norwich - Multi-sport sessions for young people

GOYA Norwich - Multi-sport sessions for young people

FREE sport and physical activity sessions open to young people aged 14 - 20

Active Kidz

Active Kidz

Fun sports and fitness coaching session for 7-12 year olds
50p

Chair Based Exercise Class

Chair Based Exercise Class

Exercise class for older adults to help improve mobility, balance and strength.
Only £2

H.I.I.T

H.I.I.T

High intensity interval fitness class.
Only £2

Circuits

Circuits

A fun circuits class for all fitness levels
Only £2

Circuits

Circuits

A fun fitness circuits class
Only £2

FILL badminton 50+

FILL badminton 50+

Fun recreational games. All abilities welcome.

Badminton (16+) beginners

Badminton (16+) beginners

Friendly coached session for those wanting to give the popular sport a try.

Badminton (16+) intermediate

Badminton (16+) intermediate

For a more experienced player, a weekly drop-in session for people looking for friendly participation and mini games.

Badminton (16+) ladies group

Badminton (16+) ladies group

Sociable court time for fun, friends and fitness

Andy Royles

Participation Manager (East)

Leah Singleton

Partnerships Manager (East)