Our players range from 17 years old upwards and are of mixed ability.
If you haven't played for a while or haven't been playing long we will provide coaching (Sundays only) to get you up to speed. Please contact us rather than turning up at the centre, so that we can ensure we have a coach there to help you.
Session times / courts:
Sundays (5 courts) 8-10pm
Tuesdays (3 courts) 8-10pm
Wednesdays (3 courts) 8-10pm
From October to April we also play matches in the Stevenage Badminton League.
Our players range from 6 - 18 years old and are of mixed ability. We try to accommodate each child into the appropriate session for their needs.
Session (term-time only):
Sundays (5 courts): 6-7pm (younger / beginners) and 7-8pm (older / more experienced).
All our sessions are coached.
The Club encourages all junior players from Year 4 upwards to take part in the Herts Schools Badminton Association tournaments.
Duke of Edinburgh:
Many of the children at our club have come along as part of their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award. We record their progress, assess them and sign off their logbook.
We have been running wheelchair badminton since 2007 and have had players play both nationally and internationally.
Coaching is on Sundays from 8-10pm for experienced players. Gobi, our international player, also plays external to the club. You can contact him direct if you would like to play outside of our club sessions as well.
There are two categories of wheelchair badminton for playing in tournaments, dependent on various factors. However, all players will play in the same type of wheelchair and can be borrowed from the Club. The rules for wheelchair badminton are part of the para-badminton rules.
The tournaments are held around the country at a national level, as well as a few at county level, based around the existing wheelchair badminton clubs.
We run inclusive sessions, which means that all our players play together.
Players with lower limb impairments play standing in one of two categories: below the knee amputation and above the knee amputation. Players with upper limb impairment play in just one category. The rules for those with limb impairments are part of the para-badminton rules.
We welcome anyone with restricted growth. Dwarfs are treated as all our other players and play in an age appropriate session.
England has three World Champions in Oliver Clarke, Andrew Martin and Rachel Choong.
Our Head Coach has over ten years experience working with various groups, on a regular basis or ad-hoc as required, as well as running our own dedicated sessions. As an inclusive club, we have players with varying disabilities, including learning difficulties, who play alongside our other players.
We also work with outside groups, such as Guideposts above and Special Olympics, to provide badminton as and when they would like a session or groups of sessions.
Our sessions are inclusive, which means that all our players play together. We are able to support those who are deaf or have a hearing impairment and to a limited degree are able to provide sign language at all sessions on Sundays. Our Head Coach is a qualified level one BSL signer and has been on a deaf awareness course.
To support those with hearing impairments more we are looking to provide more training to our coaches and are in contact with UK Deaf Sport to achieve DEAFinitely Inclusive accreditation.
Our Head Coach has over ten years experience working with a number of Special Needs schools and groups. As an inclusive club, we have had players with special needs, including Autism and Aspergers Syndrome, who play alongside our other players. From time to time we may run individual sessions, depending on the person's needs.
We have or have had various people with varying degrees of disabilities that play at our club, such as diabetes, epilepsy, dyspraxia, bi-polar disorder, muscular dystrophy, cancer, and have supported players through rehabilitating after various injuries.
We also work with outside groups, such as Red Balloon, to provide badminton as and when they would like a session or groups of sessions.