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.
Fridays (4 courts) 8-10pm
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)
Younger / beginners: 6-7pm
Older / more experienced: 7-8pm
Saturdays (4 courts)
Younger / beginners: 1.30-2.30pm
Older / more experienced: 2.30-3.30pm or 3.30-4.30pm
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 take part in the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) awards. We record their progress, assess them and sign off their logbook.
Coaching at Aspire is on Fridays from 8-10pm for experienced players. For other players please contact our head coach.
Our coach has been running wheelchair badminton since 2007 and have had players (Gobi Ranganathan pictured here) play both nationally and internationally.
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 which can be borrowed from the Club. An introductory video from the BWF (Badminton World Federation) provides a good insight into para-badminton. 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 (Robert Donald pictured here) play in just one category. An introductory video from the BWF (Badminton World Federation) provides a good insight into para-badminton. 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.
The Dwarf Sports Association run tournaments in addition to the National Tournaments. An introductory video from the BWF (Badminton World Federation) provides an good insight to para-badminton. 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.
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. 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 fourteen 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.
The Special Olympics run tournaments in addition to the National Tournaments.
We also work with outside groups, such as Guideposts and Special Olympics, to provide badminton as and when they would like a session or groups of sessions.
Our Head Coach has over fourteen 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, mental health issues, 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.