First timer Q&A
If you’re looking at coming down for your first club night, here are the answers to some regularly-asked questions, to help you know what to expect:
How do club nights work?
What ability levels are represented?
We usually have a range of players joining our sessions, from improvers through to former county players and everything in between.
Our club nights are usually very busy, and are focused on back-to-back match play (rather than coaching or teaching how to play the sport).
If you’re a beginner, are rusty, or aren’t familiar with the rules and gameplay of formal doubles badminton, we ask that you get some practice beforehand, perhaps at a local Badminton England No Strings session.
It’s essential before attending a club night that you understand both the rules of the game and how to safely play the doubles game – for the safety and enjoyment of yourself, your partners, and all the other players at the club.
How are the nights organised?
Sessions are directed by trained SBC committee members, organising players as fairly and evenly as possible and ensuring everyone has a mix of games at and around their level.
At each session a second committee member or club volunteer will be on duty taking attendance, registering new players, taking payments, and supporting with general administration and organisation. Look out for the person with a red folder!
What shuttles do you use?
We use feather shuttles at our club nights.
What do I need to bring?
Bring yourself, a racket, sports clothes and ideally a bottle of water. If you don’t have a racket, please let us know with a bit of notice, and you may be able to borrow one from a coach at the session.
I am or my child is under 18, can we attend your club night?
We generally welcome young people aged 14+ with good badminton experience (as above) to our club nights, but please bring your parent or guardian along to your first session so they can sign a consent form for you to participate.
We are an adult-focussed club, so aren’t suitable for younger children, but may able to recommend suitable local clubs or sessions children are able to play with their peers. Drop us a note or ask a committee member at a session if you’d like to know more.
Who do you cater for?
We aim to make our sessions as inclusive and accessible as possible – so if you have any particular needs or requirements, please let us know in advance so that we can chat them through.
We look forward to seeing you at a session soon!