Badminton has to be one of the most inclusive family sports...and it has the benefit of being playable on the local beach as much as the international stadium.

Every leisure centre in every town will have its badminton courts, bookable for two or four players at a reasonable hourly rate. For a relatively low initial cost for trainers, shuttlecocks and rackets, you can get started in badminton pretty easily and quickly.

Once started, you might want to join a club to get some coaching and to maybe join a league system of playing opponents of similar ability on a regular basis, Find your nearest club here using the Badminton England website

If you think your strengths lie elsewhere, how about studying to be a coach in badminton...or even learn how to officiate during a match. There's plenty on offer to help you.

Like athletics, badminton is a largely amateur sport and relies on volunteer enthusiasts to help run things at grassroots level. Everything from making the tea and cleaning the court up to officiating and coaching, you can get involved in things other than actually playing at your local badminton club. Click here to find out how to become a volunteer


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