Badminton classes at The Hull and East Riding Badminton Centre
The Hull and East Riding Badminton Centre specialises in badminton for all ages and groups.
Badminton as a sport encourages fitness and pleasure all in one. When visiting the badminton centre I spoke to a few members, they all said that the centre is a great place to belong as you can become fit whilst having fun with your friends.
The centre offers junior and senior badminton lessons costing just £3.00 per session, you can book a court in advance for free play costing only £1.00 per 12 minutes. All the money earned is used to enhance the centre and increase their member’s badminton experience.
The Friday morning Coach Paul Pratt is extremely helpful, he allowed me to attend a badminton session, so that I could see all the clubs benefit and what the club is offering in terms of fitness for the public.
The Friday session I attended had thirteen players, they were all rotated around the four courts, with intention of playing with people of different skills and strategies to increase their own.
Paul Pratt says’ ‘There is quite a lot of swapping around with partners, It’s not always easy but we aim to put people together who have the same ability and then sometimes we put people together who are a bit mix match and just see how they get on.”
The coach Paul teaches the badminton players using demonstrations, making sure that everybody learns the skills he is performing, in one tutorial. Paul tosses a shuttlecock towards one of his students, Sam, who is a member at the centre. Sam had to hit the shuttlecock back towards Paul in a fashion that she had recently learnt. According to Paul techniques such as demonstrations are excellent ways to learn badminton skills, along with perfecting.
Sam says that “I love to play badminton here, it’s a tough workout just from hitting a shuttlecock and running around the court as your working a lot of your muscles.”
Whilst I was there I spoke to a player called Jenny Chiverton, who said that the badminton centre is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to play badminton. She plays at the Hull and East Riding Badminton centre and plays the sport at Woodford.
Other members such as Jaquie Newman, loves the technique that you learn there, she began to play at the centre in September 2011, having been inspired by her son who also plays the sport, she supports him by attending all his matches.