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Play Badminton at Kesgrave, Hadleigh or Woodbridge

Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced player, you are very welcome to our fun recreational sessions. Shuttlecocks are provided and rackets are available to borrow. There is no need to book but please telephone the contact person listed below to make sure places are available.

Badminton at Kesgrave

Kesgrave:  Contact: Andrew Baker 01473 286007.   (map ►)

Thursday evenings 8pm to 10pm. £4 (students £3).  Sessions throughout the year except Xmas (organised by Andrew Baker April to August).

Hadleigh:  Contact: Alan Hughes 01473 823517.      (map ►)

Monday evenings 8pm to 10pm. £4 (students £3).

Sessions 4th January to 25th April.

Woodbridge: Contact: Peter Webb 01394 386452.   (map ►)

Friday evenings 7:30pm to 9pm. £3 (students £1.50).  Every week up to 8th April (revised finishing date). Sessions are expected to recommence on Friday 9th September.

Organised by Suffolk Badminton Association.

Katie Scott wins Bronze in National Championships

Katie Scott from Suffolk with her doubles partner Amy Hayhoe from Norfolk reached the semi-finals of the Under-15 English National Championships.  Katie also got through to the quarter-finals of the singles. The photo shows Amy (left) and Katie (right).

Yonex Ipswich Badminton Performance Centre

Coaching is leading to good tournament results for junior players.

IBPC website ►

AGM Report ► (PDF 72 kbytes)

Commonwealth champions Chris and Gabby Adcock answering

questions during their visit to IBPC on 9th December 2014.

Invitation to Coaches

Coaches are welcome to visit the Yonex Ipswich Badminton Performance Centre to see up-to-date coaching techniques. To arrange a suitable date and time, please contact the Head Coach, Mark Methven, telephone 07711 851070 or email: markmethven@btinternet.com.

List of Coaches

To help people find a coach, a new list of available coaches has been placed on our coaching web page.                                     Coaching ►

Inclusive Badminton                    Wednesdays 4:30 to 6pm

Sessions for adults with learning disability.

Contact 01473 345350.                                                Flyer ►

Organised by ActivIpswich with Special Olympics Suffolk and Avenues East

Special Olympics Suffolk website ►

Badminton is More Popular than Tennis

A survey by Sport England for the year April 2011 - April 2012 estimated that 535,000 adults play badminton, more than double the numbers that play cricket, rugby and basketball.         Sport England Report ► (PDF)

Over 200,000 Young People Now Playing Badminton Weekly

With an increase of 19%, over 200,000 young people between 14 and 25 are now playing badminton.              More ► (Badminton England website)

Under-11 & Under-12 Tournament

Copleston Centre, Ipswich (map ►)                   Sunday 12th June

For players born in 2004 or later. There will be Under-11 Boy’s and Girl’s Singles, Under-12 Boy’s and Girl’s Singles, Under-12 Boy’s and Girl’s Doubles and, should time permit, Under-12 Mixed Doubles.

Details and Entry Form

Players who enter will be invited to a trial session for joining the Suffolk squad on 2nd July 1:30pm to 4:30pm at Ipswich School.

Suffolk to Have National Badminton League Team

A new franchise team called the Suffolk Saxons will be joining the AJ Bell National Badminton League (NBL) from the start of the 2016-17 season. The team, managed by Abbeycroft Leisure, is supported by a number of organisations including Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Sport and Suffolk Badminton Association.

Press Release ►

Level 2 Coaching Course             Suffolk One, Ipswich

23 & 24 April, 21 May & 2 July 2016

The UKCC Level 2 Certificate for Coaches in Badminton qualifies the coach to independently plan, lead and review coaching sessions and develop coaching programmes to support the development of players.

Details ►

Sandy Taylor wins Over-55 event at Kent Masters Gold Tournament

Receiving his medal for winning the men’s singles at Medway Park, Gillingham on 23rd October.

Schools Win Through to Regional Finals

Congratulations to teams from the following schools for winning through to the regional finals of the National Schools Competition held in Cambridge on 3rd March.

    Under-14 Girls: Bungay High School.

    Under-14 Boys: King Edward VI School, Bury St. Edmunds.

    Under-16 Girls: East Bergholt High School.

    Under-16 Boys: Thurston Community College.

Players from Seven Junior Clubs Compete in Stowmarket Junior Tournament

There was an entry of 38 doubles pairs in the tournament organised by Stowmarket Badminton Club.                           More ►

Wishing to join a club?

Skillcentre Badminton Club in Ipswich have vacancies for new members, both male and female. Please contact their secretary if you wish to go along to a free first session.                                  Club web page ►

Ipswich YMCA Summer Club for Beginners and Experienced Players

If you wish to play or to learn to play during the summer months, the summer club meets every Tuesday at 7:30pm April to August. You will be very welcome.                  Club website ►               Map ►

Daytime Badminton for Over-50’s

Whitton Sports Centre in Ipswich (map ►) have recreational sessions for over-50’s on Monday and Wednesday mornings 10am to 12 noon. No booking, just turn up!

Brackenbury Sports Centre in Felixstowe (map ►) have sessions for over-50’s on Wednesday and Friday mornings 10am to 12 noon.  Again, no booking is required.

Trial Session for Selection of Under-16 and
Under-18 Squads

Suffolk One (map ►)                                         Saturday 11th June

If you are interested in being selected to join the Under-16 or Under-18 Suffolk squad, you are invited to attend a trial session.  For Under-16 (born 2002 or after) it will be from 12:00 noon to 2:45pm and for under-18 (born 2000 or after) it will be from 2:15pm to 5pm. If you wish to come along, please Contact Us ►.

Badminton England and Shires League will use even age groups in the forthcoming season More information ►.