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:
How do club nights work?
We offer a pay and play club night. Anyone can pay the fee (£5 per session) to one of the volunteers organising the session and play. No obligations.
What ability levels are represented?
We usually have a range of players joining our sessions, from improvers through to former county players.
Our club nights are usually very busy, and are focused on back-to-back match play. We do not provide coaching or teaching how to play the sport at club nights.
It’s essential before attending a club night that you understand the rules of the game and how to safely play doubles matches.
This is 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. Our goal is to ensure everyone has a mix of games at and around their level.
At each session a second committee member or club volunteer will also be on duty. Their job is to take attendance, register new players, take payments, and support with general administration and organisation. Look out for the person with a red folder and registration list!
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, you may be able to hire one from the staff at Wimbledon Park Sports Centre.
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. You must be confident playing on their own and abide by the same rules as everyone else. Please bring a parent or guardian along to your first session to sign a consent form for you to participate.
We are an adult-focussed club, so aren’t suitable for younger or inexperienced juniors. However we 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. 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!