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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.


  • 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


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.


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.


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.


  • 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
Contact Telephone
01908 268400

Community Sports Foundation

Norwich City Community Sports Foundation (CSF) is the official charity partner of Norwich City Football Club and helps over 38,000 people every year achieve their goals through sport, supporting some of the most disadvantaged, disabled and talented people

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

Teachers Junior Badminton Club

Junior Badminton Club

Walsham Warriors Badminton Club

Badminton Club competing in Norwich & District League.
Club night every Wednesday 8-10pm at North Walsham Sports Centre, all year round!
League Teams: 2 x Men's, 1 x Ladies, 1 x Mixed
Club night open to all players of, or aspiring to be Club or League

The Norman Centre

The Norman Centre in Mile Cross offers a wide range of community, educational and recreational facilities to everybody, all at affordable prices. Please contact us for more information, and to make sure all courses/activities are running before you attend

North Norfolk Junior Badminton Association

Junior Badminton Club Norwich

Ladies Morning

Ladies Morning

Tuesday 16:00-17:00

Ladies badminton morning with Level 3 coach Louise Culyer

£4.00 per session

Improvers Social

Improvers Social

Wednesday 11:00-3:00

Improvers Social with Level 3 coach Louise Culyer

£4.00 per session

Mixed Social

Mixed Social

Thursday 13:30-15:30

Mixed ability badminton social with level 3 coach Louise Culyer

£4.00 per session

Junior Shuttlers

Junior Shuttlers

Thursday 16:00-17:30

Junior Coaching for 8-15 year olds with level 3 coach Louise Culyer

£3.50 per session

Badminton Coaching Course

Badminton Coaching Course

Monday 09:00-11:00

Badminton Coaching course with Level 3 coach Louise Culyer

£30.00 for 6 weeks

Advanced Social

Advanced Social

Monday 13:00-15:00

Advanced player social with Level 3 coach Louise Culyer

£4.00 per session

Mini Shuttlers

Mini Shuttlers

Monday 16:00-17:00

Junior coaching for 4-7 year olds with Level 3 coach Louise Culyer

£3.00 per session



A fun circuits class for all fitness levels
Only £2

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



A fun fitness circuits class
Only £2

Andy Royles

Participation Manager (East)

Leah Singleton

Partnerships Manager (East)