Badminton is an Olympic sport and as well as being a major sport across the globe, it is the most popular racket sport in England and therefore not surprising that it is the sixth largest participation sport. There is no contest as it takes top spot as the fastest racket sport out there, with the top professionals regularly hitting smashes in excess of 200 mph.

The beauty of badminton is that a great deal of enjoyment can be gained at all levels of the sport as well. This is because it is possible to learn how to rally successfully with just a small amount of instruction or simply just “having a go”. All you need is a friend, a racket, a shuttlecock, a pair of trainers and somewhere to play and you are ready to “have a go”. It is not expensive, but it is enjoyable, you can socialise with your friends, be competitive if you choose, learn a new skill and keep fit and healthy all at the same time!

Arsenal Premier League 4 Sport Badminton is currently running in 5 satellite clubs. Below are the dates and times of each session:

Mondays - St Aloysius College, Highgate - 4.30-6.00pm

Tuesdays - St Mary Magdalene Academy, Islington - 4.30-6.00pm

Tuesdays - Highbury Grove School, Islington - 4.30-6.00pm

Mondays – New Kingshold Community Centre, Hackney - 5.00-7.00pm

Sundays - Clissold Leisure Centre, Stoke Newington - 11.00-1.00pm

Arsenal's Badminton Club is the Black Arrows BC. The Black Arrows have been established since 1984 and provide junior coaching to hundreds of young people across the whole of North London. To find out more about the Black Arrows, please go to their website on www.blackarrowsbc.com, or contact Henry Gaspard, blackarrowsbc@googlemail.com

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