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World Record
11.05.11

The O2 opens its doors for badminton World record attempt

BADMINTON England’s legacy plan tied to Yonex BWF World Badminton Championships at Wembley Arena in August, will start to come alive next month, when the London regional team host a World Record Attempt at The O2.

The mass participation event, managed by regional officer Sandy Kurek, will seek to write BADMINTON England into the record books by breaking the Guinness World Record for the ‘largest sports lesson in the world’ on Friday 3 June.

The record attempt – which is formed out of a new relationship with Volunteering England as part of their Volunteers’ Week 2011 activities across England - is anticipated to feature over 900 participants made up of local school children and young players from clubs across the capital with volunteer coaches also involved.

No previous badminton experience is necessary to be part of the challenge and everyone is welcomed onto the courts, purposely set up at The O2.

To register for FREE to be part of the World Record Attempt on 3rd June, please CLICK to complete the online registration (parental consent is required).

Or just turn up on the day between 11am-1pm to register! (session runs from 1.30pm-2.30pm)

For a paper application form please email sandykurek@badmintonengland.co.uk

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The ‘lesson’ – in which BADMINTON England aim to beat the existing record of 882 participants – is just one part of the World Badminton Championships London legacy plan that is set to be rolled out to benefit all 32 boroughs.

Plans are already well under way for the inaugural London Badminton Bonanza, a Mini World Championships, and a Junior Club league – all with the mission to encourage people of all ages back onto court and leave a lasting impression on the local community.

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Volunteers’ Week 2011

Now into its 27th year, Volunteers’ Week 2011 is a celebration of the millions of volunteers who give their time for events, clubs and causes across the country whilst acting as a call for others to get involved too.

Without the two million adult volunteers who contribute at least one hour a week to volunteering in sport, community sport would grind to a halt.

Volunteers also play an incredible role in staging some of England's most prestigious sporting events, and BADMINTON England fully recognize and appreciate the value of this volunteering workforce.

By joining forces with Volunteering England to promote the event at the O2 in Volunteers Week 2011, BADMINTON England hope to attract many new volunteers into the sport.

If you are interested in volunteering in badminton, maybe for your local club or social group, CLICK HERE to visit the volunteering section of the BADMINTON England website.

There are also a wide range of very specific volunteering roles available for the Yonex BWF World Badminton Championships, Wembley Arena - 8-14 August 2011.  Click HERE to see the volunteer roles currently being recruited for.