If you’re looking to join us for the first time, here are the answers to some regularly-asked questions:
What ability levels can join a club night?
Our club nights are usually busy, and are focused on back-to-back competitive play. Our club nights are not for providing coaching, or teaching how to play badminton.
It’s essential before attending that you:
- Know the rules of doubles badminton, including keeping score, service, and what’s in and out on the court
- Can play doubles badminton with a partner safely, including communicating with them, and safely moving around another player
- Are able to hold a decent rally with other players, and keep a game going
This is for the safety and enjoyment of both yourself, and all other players at the club.
Alternatives for beginners
If you don’t meet the above criteria, we recommend that you instead attend a Badminton England No Strings session or Essentials course.
Alternatively there is a beginners’ development session run locally at Highbury College.
You may also benefit from some one-to-one coaching, which can quickly improve your skills. You can find and contact a local coach on the Badminton England website.
How are club nights organised?
Club nights involve a mix of men’s, ladies’ and mixed doubles badminton games, organised by trained SBC committee volunteers.
Our volunteer organisers have had training, including Badminton England coaching. We have seen hundreds of different players play over the years, so are fairly good judges of ability.
At each session the designated organiser will be ocussed on directing games, and handing out shuttles. Other committee members and volunteers will be on hand to check you in, answer questions, and chat.
What kind of games can I expect
Our main priority is to give everyone a mix of games at and around their ability level, as judged by our coaches. This will include a variety games with players at your ability level, above, and below.
The number and type of games per night will vary depending on the spread of players attending any club night.
Our players are fantastic community members, who happily mix and socialise with others, and make SBC a welcoming place to play for all to develop their game.
If you attend our club night, you are expected to mix as instructed, and to treat others with respect in accordance with the Badminton England player Code of Conduct that you signed up to upon registering at SBC.
Feedback and requests
As organisers we welcome feedback and requests for particular types of game. We’ll try to accommodate requests as within reason.
For example, it’s fair to request more mixed doubles games if you have a match coming up and would like some practice.
Zero tolerance approach to inappropriate behaviour
However, we have a zero tolerance policy towards inappropriate behaviour at club nights. Examples of this include:
- Not engaging with games you don’t like – club organisers are more objectively able to judge your ability, so please respect their instructions, and other players
- Pressuring organisers on club nights – we try to ensure all our players at the session have the best experience possible, not just individual players
- Only wanting to play with certain players or friends – if you wish to only play with select other people please organise your own private session, rather than attending a social club
We’re volunteers giving up our time for free to put on sociable, competitive, and low cost badminton for others. We may ask you to leave if you do not co-operate with instructions or display anti-social behaviour towards organisers or others players at the club.
What do I need to bring?
Bring yourself, a racket, sports clothes and a bottle of water. We do not rent or lend rackets to players.
Only non-marking shoes are permitted inside our sports hall – for example indoor badminton or court shoes. If your footwear is not appropriate, you will be asked to change it.
We use feather shuttles at our club nights.
I am or my child is under 18, can we attend your club night?
We generally welcome young people aged 16+ with good badminton experience (as above) to our club nights.
You must be fairly confident playing on your own with others. Please bring a parent or guardian along to your first session so they can meet with a committee member and see how the session is run.
We are an adult-focussed club, so aren’t suitable for younger or inexperienced juniors, or for teaching the sport. There are usually other local clubs or sessions children are able to play with their peers. It’s worth looking online to see what’s on in the area.
How do I join a club night?
Our club nights cost £6 a session, payable in advance on Eventbrite. No joining fee for the year. Turn up, bring your own racket, play.
Where we play: Portsmouth High School
Wednesdays, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Portsmouth High School, Sussex Road, Southsea, PO5 3EX