Frequently Asked Questions

What ability levels do you accept?
We accept all players from complete beginners through to experienced pros.  All you need is a desire to enjoy playing badminton! 
What ages do you accept?

We accept players from 16 years old and upwards.  There is no upper age limit and many people play into their retirement and beyond.  Badminton is a great sport for allowing men and women, old and young to all compete together. If you are between the ages of 16 to 18, we will require that your membership form is signed by your parent or guardian. 

What should I wear?

Badminton is a form of exercise so you will want to wear an outfit that’s comfy and lightweight yet strong and not too restrictive.  A good pair of trainers, preferably only used indoors, is the most important item in your outfit.  Your badminton shoes should have non-marking soles and provide support for your ankles.  Polyester, quick-dry materials are popular for shirts, shorts and leggings as they are light, stretchy and don’t soak up too much sweat.  You can find a great selection of dedicated badminton clothes at Direct Badminton here

 

When do you play?

We run club nights on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Please see our sessions page for more information

How do you decide what game to play?

We play doubles games at all sessions.  We operate a pegboard for choosing who plays with/against each other in each game.  You can find out more information on our Playing Games page.

Do you play matches?

Yes.  We currently enter 4 teams into the Stevenage Badminton League (SBL).  If you are interested in joining a team, please speak to one of the team captains listed on the Leagues and Matches page  

Do you offer coaching?

Yes.  We currently have 4 qualified coaches playing at the club.  A coach is usually available at every session to answer questions and provide tips on techniques, positioning and tactics if requested.  We can also offer some dedicated coaching during our Sunday sessions.  

What equipment do I need?

We provide the shuttles, nets and courts.  We can also provide a racket for the session if you don’t currently have your own one yet.  It is advisable to bring your own water bottle so you can stay hydrated during the session.  There is also a water fountain available next to the changing rooms.  

What shuttles do you use?

We use plastic (nylon) shuttles in every session.  You can find out more information here