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No Strings in high demand

With recent news of further lockdown restrictions in some areas of England, we understand that the current situation can seem far from positive.   

However, we want to highlight the incredible work that venues are doing up and down the country to ensure people can access courts.    

One venue that has been amazingly proactive about wanting to return badminton activity is Everyone Active Ashdown Leisure Centre in Poole, Dorset.  

Coach, Kirsty Wilcox, has been instrumental in organising the weekly No Strings Badminton sessions - the 24 spaces fill up within a couple of hours.  

With the centre promoting the sessions, they have seen an uptake in demand, with a full waiting list each week - something that didn’t happen before the pandemic.   

Kirsty said: “It is great to be back at Ashdown; they’ve been really helpful with getting the session up and running again and it’s fantastic to see so many players enjoying their games, seeing their friends and improving their fitness.”  

Proactive  

Back in March, 1.02 million people played every month, whilst there are just 26% currently playing. 

A major barrier to getting people back onto court has been access to facilities so we love hearing how proactive venues have been in getting sessions back up and running any way they can.   

A player at the session added: “It’s great to be back playing I really enjoy Kirsty’s Friday badminton sessions because it’s very friendly and the games are well balanced.”   

We are doing everything we can to ensure more of you can start to play again and can only do this with the support of venues.   

Please let us know if your venue is open by using this form.   

If you would like any guidance or support, please email us at: facilities@badmintonengland.co.uk