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Norley Badminton Club's alternative take on outdoor badminton

As part of the Great British Week of Sportwe wanted to share some of the success stories arounchildren and young people who play our sport.  

Throughout this pandemic, badminton in any other venue other than people’s own back gardens was not possible for a period of time and therefore we wanted to enable families to play through outdoor opportunities.  

At Norley Badminton Clubwe provided activity via outdoor badminton for existing junior club members 

‘Speedminton’ is a safe and socially distant alternative to encourage junior players, as well as their family membersto engage in healthy competition with others in a controlled and safe environment 

The physical, social and emotional benefits of sport have become increasingly apparent and with the continued lack of access to indoor facilities, this offered us an opportunity to get young people back playing in some way 

Through this initiative, an opportunity arose for the club to engage with four local primary schools to deliver badminton which they hope will continue beyond this unprecedented time.  

The club has also secured funding for equipment as well as being able to provide a free equipment pack to every primary school in Frodsham. This has enabled them to offer badminton at the school in a safe way during and beyond the Covid crisis  

Alexthe father of a junior player at the club, said: “This feels safe and it’s good to see my lad hitting a shuttle again, he is really missing his badminton. 

I enjoyed hitting with him today, you know it’s not as easy as it looks!”