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SUMMER ESSENTIALS KIT AND TIPS

Get into the Olympic spirit without breaking the bank...

Something to swing? Check. Something to hit? Check. Somewhere to play? Check. We believe a family of four can enjoy a spot of outdoor badminton from as little as 0.41p per person per hour* this summer.

(*assuming we get at least 12 days of good enough weather to enjoy it!)

Here's why we think badminton is the greatest value, fun family activity:

No net? Don't fret!
Improvise this summer. Rummage around and we are sure you can find string, rope or tape to tie between two sturdy garden objects. If all else fails, repurpose your washing line cord.

Want something closer to the real thing? Then check out DIY stores or this brilliant pop up net available online.

Dig out your old rackets
Good news sports fans: there are no specific rackets required for outdoor play. So hunt through the garage, explore the loft and see what you can find. They may be made of wood but they are still good for a game.  


Wind will be your toughest opponent!

So find somewhere that's not overly exposed to sudden gusts of wind and free of trip hazards such as tree roots. Keep thinking: flat and safe, flat and safe!


Rules are there to be broken
This summer don't be bogged down by technicalities. Our summer rule is simply make sure you have fun and hit it back (once in while).  If you do want to play by the rules, have a read here.


Line it up!

BBQs and lazy family afternoons can sometimes get competitive. If so, why not lay down some makeshift lines and set up a court. Rope, tape or even a hose can set some boundaries to play within. 

 ...and of course, don't forget to slap on the sunscreen!

SUMMER TOP TIP #1

SUMMER TOP TIP #1

Fill up a couple of empty squash or soft drink bottles and pop them on the base of a pop-up net to keep it sturdy. 
SUMMER TOP TIP #2

SUMMER TOP TIP #2

Place a small blob of blu-tack inside the cork of your shuttles and they will fly better in windy conditions!
SUMMER TOP TIP #3

SUMMER TOP TIP #3

A balloon makes a great shuttle. It's good for beginners, to test the skills of players and children will love it.

BLUSTERY DAY?

Don't let a game of badminton get blown away! Check out our windy day suggestions that keep you swinging a racket.

TYPICAL ENGLISH SUMMER?

Don't blame it on the weatherman!  Click here to find an indoor court near you to carry on playing badminton.

SOME IDEA BUT GOT NO GEAR?

Then visit our friends at Direct Sports - the UK's largest online racket specialist - for all the kit and equipment you could hope for at pr…