Ethos and Charity Work
It's important that all of our members feel welcomed and supported and an appointed welfare officer each is on hand to make sure this happens. Playing as part of a team is the best way to experience badminton and we strive to give as many players this opportunity as often as possible.
The club works hard to have an impact in the local community and to raise money for charity. Earlier this year current president Issy Kenworthy raised £14,000 for a number of different charities by somehow playing badminton for 24 hours!
She was supported by her Newcastle University teammates who helped her keep going when things got tough. Our club have also supported the LGBT+ movement by replacing their laces with rainbow ones for matches.
Our training and matches come first but the badminton club know how to play well off the court as well! You don't have to spend long with the squad to realise the affinity that is shared between its members.
A dedicated social secretary organises regular themed nights out and none drinking socials for those who prefer to stay off the booze including bowling, meals, trips to the beach and games of pool. The end of year sports ball is a big occasion for the club to celebrate and there is an annual visit to the Yonex All England Open to watch and learn from the world's best professional players.
Nights out and Activities
'I studied International Business Management with Spanish which was quite a small course with roughly only 25-30 students on it. This meant making friends during freshers was quite difficult, that was until I joined the badminton club where I made some of my best lifelong friends. As well as the social aspect, the competitive side of the club was also extremely enjoyable. BUCS matches on Wednesdays were competitive but always friendly and enjoyable, especially away days where you share a bus with other teams and meet new people.'