Badminton is the fastest racquet sport in the world!! Shuttles can clock an amazing speed of 200kph!
Sligo Tennis Club has 6 Badminton Courts, and the badminton season runs mainly from September through to April. There are junior training camps during the summer and of course you can arrange games all year round.
- Monday 9pm-11.30pm: Club Night
- Tuesday 8pm-11.30pm: Doubles/League/Mixed
- Wednesday 7pm-8pm: Novice Coaching
- Wednesday 8pm-11.30pm: Club Night
- Thursday 8pm-11.30pm: League/Doubles
- Sunday 6pm-9.30pm: League
Non marking footwear must be worn when playing badminton – no black soled runners allowed.
There is no charge for booking badminton courts!* Simply write your name, the time you require and on the court you wish to play, on the booking sheet in reception. The badminton booking sheets are in the folder under the club notice board in the reception area.
Courts are usually less busy in the mornings and afternoons. Also where you see ‘club night’ on the booking sheet that indicates that members are free to come down and play one another.
If accompanied by a non-member, they must pay a green fee. Cost is €10 per hour for an adult and €5 per hour per child.
* a charge of about €5 per night applies for competitions but this can vary depending on what the competition is, this cost covers lights and prizes. You enter competitions by coming down on the night or by placing your name on a list, located on the badminton notice board.
At night if you are playing outside of competitions or an event then you will have to light a court at your own cost, this works out at €4 per hour or €1 per 15 minutes.
There is a Badminton club championship for members that usually takes place in April. There are also various events and competitions running throughout the year. Check out the Badminton senior and junior notice boards for information on upcoming events and news. Badminton notice board is located in the hallway as you go straight on to the hall.
A Badminton Senior and Junior Committee is elected annually.
Some other facts about badminton:
- The official game of Badminton was born in a stately home in Gloucestershire, England, home of the Duke of Beaufort.
- The best shuttlecocks are made from the feathers from the left wing of a goose.
- The International Badminton Federation (IBF) was founded in 1934 with nine members and now has over 150 members. The IBF is now headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- Badminton is the second most popular sport in the world, after soccer.
- Badminton is an Olympic Sport played first in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
- More than 1.1 billion people watched the 1992 Olympic Badminton competition on television.
- Only 3 countries have won the Thomas Cup since it’s inception in 1948: Malaysia, Indonesia and China.
- Only 4 countries have won the Uber Cup since its inception in 1956: USA, Japan, China and Indonesia.
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