Currently we have 15-20 regular players of all ages and standards: Adults, teenagers and children, beginners and experienced. We are keen for you to join us.
We are affiliated to Badminton Victoria.
What does it cost? We have a weekly fee of $5 and an annual membership fee (Membership rates for 2016 are $80 adults, $50 school students) – this covers shuttlecocks, court hire, insurance and other incidentals. As of 1st July 2017 weekly shuttlecock fee will be $5 for members and $10 for casual players/non members.
Is there a competition? Yes, we run a team competition when we have members committed to play badminton regularly over a number of weeks. Membership fees are required prior to participation in the competition.
Will I be coached? We have no official coaching sessions; however one of our players is a former accredited Badminton Australia coach. Any of our more experienced badminton players will happily offer you advice to help you improve your game if requested.
Can I visit to try badminton and the club out? Yes! We welcome players who want to have a go to see if they like the sport, who are on holiday in the Gippsland Lakes area, or who are students on placement in the Bairnsdale locality and want to join us and keep fit.
What racquet should I buy? It's a personal decision, you may need to go online, or look in a big sports store in the city, borrow someone else's to see what you like. Well respected brands which are popular with our club members include Epsilon, Carlton, Yonex and Li-Ning, there's many more too. A beginner needs a more flexible shaft, a more powerful player needs a stiffer one.
What surface do you play on? The sports hall floor at Nagle College is a wooden sprung floor.
Where can I get my racquet re-strung? At the moment we don't know of anyone locally offering a badminton racquet restring service. You can post your racquet to Epsilon Australia, PO Box 2387, Kew, Vic 3101. They usually post it back to you within 1 - 2 weeks by registered post. It's best to contact them directly for current prices.
Where can I get a new racquet grip? Once you've worn it out or if you don't like the feel/colour of your current one you can either go to a local sports store - tennis racquet grip does work or order online e.g. from Epsilon Australia
What shuttlecocks do you use? We use Epsilon goose feather shuttles. Did you know there are 16 feathers in every shuttle from the left wing of the goose only, I wonder what they do with the right wing...
How do I play? What are the rules? We will teach you as you play. If you would like to study the regulations and rules and learn about the fundamentals of badminton you can view the following PDF documents: