Junior badminton in Warwickshire – Alveston Juniors

Looking for junior badminton coaching in Warwickshire?

Looking for a popular junior badminton club?

Looking to take up a new sport or improve your badminton skills?

Then read on…..

Medal winners

Our Gold and Bronze U14 medal winning teams in the Warwickshire Junior Team Tournament 2017

Junior badminton coaching – It’s as easy as ABC

Alveston Badminton Club (ABC) has a very popular junior club section aimed at young players who want coaching – and those who just want to play this fast indoor sport. Make new friends whilst getting healthy exercise! Although the club only started up in May 2009, by the beginning of 2014 we had over 100 members (of whom around 20 also represented Warwickshire) making us the largest junior badminton club in the county – and we hope, the best! 

Why badminton?

Our sport has so many advantages over others. It’s played indoors so there’s no rain or muddy pitches. It can be enjoyed by both male and female players on the same court. It’s non-contact, so the chance of injury is much reduced. It can be played by children through to retired adults. And it’s enjoyable!

Our coaches are qualified by Badminton England

Run with SIX experienced and (Badminton England Level 2) qualified coaches plus assistant coaches, you’ll enjoy a mix of technical and tactical coaching, games, competitive tournaments and matches against other junior clubs. Three of our coaches work with Warwickshire squads on a weekly basis and can bring the latest coaching ideas to our own club nights. There are occasional “celebrity” coaching sessions from international players too. 

Club endorsed by Badminton England

Alveston Juniors was the first badminton club in Warwickshire to be awarded “Premier Club” status by Badminton England. This means we have to maintain high standards with regard to CRB / DBS checks, insurance, Child Protection, First Aid etc. We also have our own Child Welfare Officer. Our weekly sessions are run in Stratford upon Avon and Leamington and club membership is open to pupils of all local schools aged 8 – 18. We also have our own innovative  fun based section for 5 – 11 year olds – Wacky Racquets “Badminfun” introducing the sport to primary school pupils. Whilst our players are mainly Warwickshire based, we’ve had members travelling to club nights from Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands!

Club nights run all year round

Unlike some clubs, we run twelve months a year – we don’t let school holidays stop us!

Each week, throughout the year, we run 6.00 – 7.30pm and 7.30 – 9.00pm Tuesdays at Stratford Girls Grammar School in Shottery – but check before you come as there will be occasional weeks when we don’t have the use of the hall.  Wacky Racquets “Badminfun” runs alongside the 6.00 – 7.30pm session so there is a seamless transition when players are ready to move up to “proper” badminton.

On Thursdays we also have two weekly sessions at North Leamington School, 6.00 – 7.30pm and 7.30 – 9.00pm. A Wacky Racquets “Badminfun” session runs every week at the same time as the first session and players are encouraged to move up when they are ready

Joining Alveston Juniors does not commit you to a particular session every week. We appreciate that some nights our players have other commitments, including homework, so we encourage them to drop in to another of our venues and play against new opponents. A number of our members regularly attend two sessions every week in addition to their county commitments

Unlike many clubs, we have a strong female participation of around 40-45% enabling us to offer opportunities for singles, level doubles and mixed doubles play

 

Duke of Edinburgh award opportunities

The club has two opportunities for those taking their Duke of Edinburgh award – as a player on the physical exercise module and as a helper for the community side. Contact the club for details

 

Our club sessions are affordable  – and you only pay if you play!

And the cost? – Regular attendance can cost just £5 a session and unlike many clubs, you only pay when you play – no paying for sessions up front that you aren’t able to attend. For players who only attend occasionally, it’s £6 on the night. Racquets are available to borrow if you don’t have your own – including a range of shorter length ones for beginners whilst they gain confidence and co-ordination. This cost can include a free club polo shirt too! 

 

Alveston Juniors is a family club

At Alveston Juniors we’re very much a family club and around thirty of our members attend with a sibling and we currently have three sets of twins attending regularly. We therefore offer a special deal to larger families – three siblings can attend for the price of two! We also run a few “family sessions” during the year to let our young players show their parents what they’ve learnt

 

Enthusiasm and a positive attitude are all you need – and all we ask for!  So what are you waiting for? Contact the club to arrange a free trial session! Use the form on our contact page, send an email to AlvestonJuniors@aol.com or ring Chris Osborne on 01789 842664

The club is very grateful to financial help received from Stratford Town Trust. It was their generosity and a shared desire to give the children of Stratford this sporting opportunity that set the club up initially in 2009. Since then the club has grown in popularity. In these recessionary times however, our costs have increased so we are indebted to the Trust for a grant of £2,000 in January 2013 to help us keep membership fees at an affordable level.