There are plenty of opportunities to play badminton during your time at University. We welcome all players, from beginner standard right the way to international. Whether you just want to play socially or compete in the leagues, there are plenty of opportunities to play at the level that suits you.
After a tricky season in 2016/17 our Men’s 1st team has sadly dropped to league 2A and the 2nd team to 3A. Our Men’s 3rd team narrowly lost out on promotion but this year we aim for much more success from all teams. With players who are dedicated to badminton (making time to attend matches and regularly participating in training sessions) we believe that all 3 teams can achieve promotion.
Adding to our success in the BUCS leagues, both teams competed in the Christie Cup (Battle of the North) with both teams finishing 2nd against both Leeds and Manchester. We are looking to continue with our success and aim for promotion and top place finishes for both our teams and as always we are looking for new team players to continue our success. So come along to trials (dates available at Fresher’s Fair on 21st and 22nd September) to see if you can gain a place on one of our teams!
Having won all games (aside from one) this year, our women’s badminton team have achieved promotion from 2A to 1A. Not only this, but we won the Northern Conference Cup after coming runners up the previous year! After these accomplishments, we have been successful in our bid for a 2nd women’s team! Both teams are looking forward to an extremely competitive season and we are always keeping an eye out for new team players to represent our Club and University. So come along to trials (dates available at Fresher’s Fair on 21st and 22nd September) if you think you can help us improve our teams next year.
As well as opportunities in the BUCS leagues, we also enter the individual BUCS championships. This gives you a chance to succeed as an individual player as well as part of a team, and is also a great social event!
All team members are expected to attend coaching sessions, which are separate to normal club nights. Details of the times will be provided once you have secured your place on the team.
Our club is open to players of all abilities. So if the prospect of playing for a team is too intimidating, then you are welcome to come along and join in at our social sessions.
We have rackets, nets and shuttles for use at social sessions if you don’t have your own. So if you just want to give it a try for the first time, all you need to bring is yourself in sportswear! For those who are looking for a bit of competition as a social player, we run an annual tournament that is only open to club members and not team players. We had a very successful tournament the previous two years, and are looking forward to repeating this. We are also planning another master class session with the team coach for anyone looking to improve their skills while playing this year.
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As well as social games, we have the AU sports team night out every first Wednesday of the month. With different fancy dress themes and a chance to meet all the members of the club, whether you drink or not, they are always a fun night. As well as these, there are always other social events throughout the year. Everyone is welcome. Our first social will be a white t-shirt night and will be held on 29th September! We all look forward to meeting you at Fresher’s Fair!