Over the past 12 months, Badminton England have supported over 150 affiliated clubs with club development grants, investing in a wider range of club projects from supporting the recruitment of new members to building local club to school links.
£150,000 was re-invested back into the affiliated club network – and Badminton England’s unwavering commitment to club and membership growth shows no sign of slowing with a further £14,800 being invested since April 2019.
Now into the new season, grants have been pledged to a further 16 clubs in the last six weeks each focused on growing the game and assisting clubs with the will and desire to grow and thrive at a local level.
Top of the awards sits Atlantic Racquet Centre in Bideford, Devon who will be turning a £2,000+ grant award into working with local primary schools to deliver the Racket Pack and establish a new satellite club based at the new venue.
Putting Badminton England’s hugely popular initiative for under 11s to good use inspiring little smashers to take a first step into badminton is proving a big hit with clubs as they look to bolster junior ranks and develop afterschool club links.
Merchant Taylors Badminton Club (Lancashire) are the latest to take on Smash, Tink and the rest of the The Racket Pack – and backed by a £1,000+ grant they will bring primary schools closer to the club as they look to establish a new junior arm.
Last year, 54 new junior clubs were established nationwide and that positive trend looks set to continue in 2019 with the likes of Wolverley Badminton Club, Torpoint Badminton Club, Marchon Badminton Club , Ashbourne BC and Ramgarhia Junior Badminton Cluball being awarded grants to expand their junior coaching offer.