Aspire Badminton Club

Inclusive Badminton For All

Adults

Juniors

WheelchairUsers

Amputees

Dwarfs

LearningDifficulties

HearingImpairments

AdditionalNeeds

Badminton is an easy game to play for beginners, through to experts, and is inclusive which mean those with and without disabilities can play together. At Aspire Badminton Club we have the facilities to support anyone who wants to try out badminton and can provide sports wheelchairs too.

We have experience coaching and welcome players who are Wheelchair Users, those with Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Epilepsy, Deaf or hard of hearing, Visual Impairment and other conditions.

Adults

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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 take advantage of our free coaching 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:
Fridays (4 courts) 8-10pm

League:
We hope to join a league in September

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Children

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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. All our sessions are coached.

Session (roughly term-time):
Fridays (4 courts): 6-7pm (younger / beginners) and 7-8pm (older / more experienced).

Saturdays (up to 4 courts): 1.30-2.30pm (younger / beginners) and 2.30-3.30pm (older / more experienced).

Tournaments:
The Club encourages all junior players from Year 4 upwards to take part in local tournaments. We will also support those who want to play in National tournaments too.

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.

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Wheelchair Players

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Coaching at Aspire is on Fridays from 8-10pm for experienced players. For other players please contact our head coach.

At Knebworth Badminton Club we have been running wheelchair badminton since 2007 and have had players play both nationally and internationally.

Tournaments:
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.

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Limb Impairments

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We run inclusive sessions, which means that all our players play together.

Tournaments:
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.

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Dwarfs

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We welcome anyone with restricted growth. Dwarfs are treated as all our other players and play in an age appropriate session.

Tournaments:
The Dwarf Sports Association run tournaments in addition to the National Tournaments. The rules for Short Stature badminton are part of the para-badminton rules.

England has three World Champions in Oliver Clarke, Andrew Martin and Rachel Choong.

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Learning Difficulties

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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.

Tournaments:
The Special Olympics run tournaments in addition to the National Tournaments. The rules for Short Stature badminton are part of the para-badminton rules.

External Organisations:
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.

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Hearing Impairment

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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.

Tournaments:
The GB Deaf Badminton run an annual tournament. There is also a Deaflympics that run every four years, with the next tournament in Turkey in 2017.

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Additional Needs

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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.

External Organisations:
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.

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