. . . . . . . . a very concise guide to the junior badminton scene
By joining a club, players are able to play regularly with other club members and
may be invited to play matches or team tournaments against other clubs. Some clubs
have associated junior clubs.
Clubs may be affiliated to Badminton England and to their county badminton association.
County Badminton Associations
The associations organise county teams to play against other counties in under-14,
under-16, under-18, senior and masters age groups. Players may be invited to join
the squads from which the teams are selected for each match or team tournament. Squad
members are expected to attend training sessions. They do not need to be members
of a performance centre. Most junior inter-county matches are within the Shires League.
County associations also organise tournaments.
Badminton England manages all aspects of badminton with particular focus on promoting
the sport, increasing participation and improving the standard of play from grass
roots through to international level. It is a member of the Badminton World Federation.
They liaise with county associations, clubs, schools and colleges as well as being
responsible for a number of initiatives.
The performance centre has a number of qualified coaches but coaching may also be
available within clubs and county squads. Private arrangements may be made for coaching.
Tournaments are usually organised by county associations. They may be open or restricted
to those living within the county. The open tournaments are usually organised on
behalf of Badminton England and performance counts towards national ranking and grading.
To enter tournaments, players usually need to be members of Badminton England, for
example through being a member of a club affiliated to Badminton England.