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Badminton is a racket sport that involves hitting a shuttlecock over a net on indoor courts. Points are scored when the opponent is unable to return the shuttlecock before it hits the floor.

An Overview of Badminton

  • Badminton is the world's fastest racquet sport, there's a raised net and you can play singles or doubles.
  • The aim is to hit a shuttlecock, a cone shaped object usually made of feathers with a cork or rubber base, over the net with your racquet.
  • If the shuttlecock lands inside your opponent's half, or if they fail to return it back over the net in the rally, you win the point.
  • The first to 21 points will win a game, and a match is a best out of three games.

Courts can be found in schools, universities, leisure centres, badminton and mixed sports clubs.


  • It's can be a great aerobic exercise but the intensity is up to you, it can be energetic or a light workout.
  • Find a tough opponent for a full-body workout that tests your agility and stamina.
  • The tactics make it a good all round work out for your brain as well
  • Your flexibility, balance and reaction speed is enhanced by all the twisting, turning, jumping and stretching
  • Hand to eye co-ordination is tested, as are your reflexes


Cost to hire a court can vary across the country but generally it will set you back somewhere between £6 – £12 per hour and in some cases badminton court hire comes as part of a wider membership offer with Leisure Centre's membership benefits. Alternatively, you can just turn up and play at any of the No Strings sessions for just £3-£5 per session, with sessions lasting from one to three hours.


You can play in a sports hall, or a school, leisure centre or social club even. You can also play outdoors - no court or net required - so long as the weather isn't too rough! If you're enjoying badminton and looking to make a bigger commitment, join a club. Most cater for social and competitive players at junior and senior level.


For a beginner, badminton is a relatively low cost sport to start playing. If you want to buy your own equipment then you need to consider the racket and shuttles.

Racket: These are made of various lightweight materials. They come in many different makes and prices but If you are just starting the game you do not need to buy the most expensive racket. Buy a racket that suits you.

Shuttle: These are plastic or feathered. If you are just starting, plastic shuttles are ideal and cheaper. They come in three speeds - fast, medium and slow. Buy medium speed to start with until you know more about the game.


  • Simon Archer and Jo Goode won Britain's first Olympic medal in Sydney 2000 - a bronze in the mixed doubles.

Find Badminton Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Let's Talk Badminton

Badminton England is excited to announce the launch of Let’s Talk Badminton, our biggest ever community consultation designed to ensure that badminton returns stronger than ever.

No Strings Badminton

60 minutes of 'you time' on a badminton court – time to socialise, to de-stress, to keep fit, to compete, to challenge yourself.

This Girl Can

This Girl Can seeks to tell the real stories of women who get active or play sport in the way that’s right for them using images that show what activity really looks like in all its glory.

National Governing Bodies

Badminton England

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Westborough Badminton Club

Adult badminton club playing in the Rainham League (plastics)

Ash Green Sports Centre

Ash Green Sports Centre

Sports Centre for the community provided by Ash-cum-Ridley Parish Council offering a gym, yoga, gentle exercise, circuit training, badminton, racket ball, squash, tennis and table tennis

Avenue Tennis

Avenue Tennis

Avenue Tennis is a world class facility with 14 multi surface tennis courts, 3 of which are indoors, 5 outdoor clay courts, 2 artificial grass and 4 grass courts. We have 3 badminton/short tennis courts. We have a state of the art gym that offers personal

Family Badminton Club

Family Badminton Club

Family, friendly, cheap badminton club in Gillingham. Fridays 7pm - 11pm.
All children are welcome, whatever their ability so don't worry if they can’t hit the shuttle yet! It is all about having fun! Only £3 per person up to a maximum of £7.


Crofton Arrows Badminton Club

Crofton Arrows is a friendly league badminton club in Sydenham.We have teams including mixed, men's and ladies’ doubles. Some coaching is available and we have a number of social activities .The Club is affiliated to Badminton England and the Kent Count

Special Olympics Great Britain

Special Olympics Great Britain

Special Olympics offers a lifetime of learning through sport and benefits individuals of all ages and ability levels – from those with low motor abilities to highly skilled athletes.

Canterbury Parabadminton

Canterbury Parabadminton

Canterbury Parabadminton play at Kings School on Thursday evenings from 8pm-9.30pm with Lesley Uphill a Level 3 Badminton England Coach. Currently catering for wheelchair users but open from September 2016 to standing players with physical disabilities

Sport For Fun - Whitstable

Sport For Fun - Whitstable

A multisport session for ALL children including those with physical and learning liabilities.Each session will include:Meet & Greet Games/Heart Rate Raiser/Physical Activity Session 1Physical Activity Session 2Cool Down using the essence of Yoga

Sport For Fun - Canterbury

Sport For Fun - Canterbury

A multisport session for ALL children including those with physical and learning disabilities. Each session will include: Meet & Greet Games/ Heart Rate Raiser/ Physical Activity Session 1 Physical Activity Session 2 Cool Down using the essence of Yoga

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2022 Commonwealth Games

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Badminton England - Club Support Grants

Badminton England - Club Support Grants

To support your club to develop Badminton England are offering you the opportunity to apply for a club support grant of up to £500. The grant should be used to help your club develop and grow which could be done for example by, increasing the number of sessions, developing your coaches, running an open event.