Introducing WACKY RACQUETS “BADMINFUN” – a new weekly club for local youngsters
Wacky Racquets is an innovative concept developed by the coaches at the popular Alveston Juniors Badminton Club aimed at 5 – 11 year olds in Key Stage 2 or just starting secondary school. Wacky Racquets teaches children the FUNdamentals of sport (agility, balance and co-ordination) with the emphasis on developing basic badminton skills – and fun! Meet new friends whilst getting healthy exercise!
Olympic medallists Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms both began playing badminton at the age of six – but the sport is rarely found on the curriculum for primary schools. Here at Wacky Racquets, we’re trying to make up for this by giving younger players the chance to experience it at an early age. We use a variety of unconventional equipment – including hoops, traffic cones…and chocolate! After spending time with us, players are encouraged to move up to our more traditional coaching sessions with Alveston Juniors. Do our methods work? You’d have to ask our players who are now in the Warwickshire county U-11 and U-13, and U-15 squads! In late 2015 the county set up its first ever U-9 squad – including two of our “Wackies” who coincidentally were both following in the footsteps of their older brothers who had made the move from Wacky Racquets to Warwickshire in the previous year!
The club’s main badminton coaching sessions are very popular with teenagers in Stratford upon Avon, Warwick and Leamington where we run weekly sessions. The starting up of this younger section is an opportunity to learn this popular sport from an earlier age. The skills learnt each week can help them in any sport – although we’d like to encourage them to continue in badminton. A number of parents of our Wacky Racquets players have remarked how surprised they are that their son or daughter is so enthusiastic about attending as they normally refuse to join any after school sports clubs. The players enjoy the sessions that much, they don’t view them as sport!
Contact us to arrange a free trial session. We currently play every Tuesday 6.00pm – 7.30pm at Stratford Girls Grammar School in Shottery and at North Leamington School, Sandy Lane on Thursdays 6.00 – 7.30pm. We’re looking to add a Saturday session soon. Contact us for more details!
Claim a FREE Wacky Racquets polo shirt!
After a player has attended eight sessions they qualify for a distinctive FREE club polo shirt
No subscription charge
Unlike many clubs, we do not charge a joining or subscription fee – just £5 for the 90 minutes on a pay as you play basis. So, if in the unlikely event your child doesn’t enjoy their first session, there’s no further cost.
No racquet? – No problem!
We have a quantity of special shorter length racquets to borrow so all the players need are suitable footwear, something to drink, enthusiasm and lots of energy! We use a variety of different length racquets and as your child gains confidence and coordination, they’ll move up until they’re ready for a full size one
Why isn’t it called Wacky Rackets you may be wondering? We named the club using the traditional spelling of racquet – even though we’re far from a traditional sort of club – as we’re closely linked to Coventry based Racqueteers Junior Badminton Club. Between us we coach nearly 200 young players a week in our own club sessions and in after school clubs run by our coaches
The club is grateful for financial assistance from Stratford Town Trust, NFU Mutual and Warburtons
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Phone Chris (01789) 842664 Mobile: 07947 026959