As the summer break comes to an end, your minds are no doubt starting to think about picking up your racket bag again and getting back on court, particularly after such a long period of lockdown.
On behalf of you, our members, we successfully negotiated with Government, the return to grass roots badminton, but as we see some clubs and players returning to play, we cannot hide from the significant challenges the badminton community, like many sports, is facing at this time.
As a not for profit organisation, where every penny generated by Badminton England is invested back into badminton, Covid-19 has hit Badminton England hard – our income will reduce by £1m this year alone, meaning, currently, we are not able to invest as much back into badminton as we usually would. We also know that for many County Associations, clubs and coaches, you will have been impacted hard also; some of you will not be able to return to court for some time because your usual facilities are not available.
But we firmly believe that as we emerge from the pandemic, we can be stronger together, but we need you to help us get #BadmintonBouncingBack. Your support, over so many years, has played an important role in the development of our fantastic sport, but we need you, together, more than ever before.
What we’ve done to help:
- Frozen membership prices for the 2020/21 season
- Provided an optional extension in recognition of the time lost caused by lockdown
- Worked with Government to secure the approval for our Return to Play guidance
- Hosted a series of webinars to familiarise the badminton community with the Return to Play guidance
- Provided several tools and training resources, free of charge, to help the badminton community return to play in a Covid secure way
- Successfully lobbied government to get indoor sports facilities open and to allow full court singles and doubles to be played
- Initiated several high-profile campaigns, including representation to the Prime Minister, seeking Government intervention to open more courts
- Launched a Hardship fund of £100,000 to provide some much need financial support to get back on court
Here’s how you can help:
- We recognise you may be struggling financially too. If that’s the case, as you have seen, we have not only frozen membership prices from last season but offered the option to extend your membership and delay the payment.
- However, if you can, we ask that you ‘donate back’ the time to help badminton bounce back and continue with your membership renewal. If every coach, member and club were to ‘donate back’ it would generate more than £100,000, and you can be assured that every single penny of that will be invested back into badminton to support the sport in this country during these difficult times.
Our extension opt in is now closed. We will be extending memberships for those that requested one and you will receive a confirmation email in due course with your new expiry date.