Covid-19 Update

As of Tuesday 17th March all of the College's external bookings have been suspended.

There will be NO CLUB PLAY - adults or juniors - until further notice.

Please keep watching this page for future updates. We will post here any changes to this closure as and when the current situation changes.

Stop Press!

      Primary* group (for School Years 4, 5 and 6): Fridays from 5pm to 6pm.

      Secondary* group (Years 7-11): Fridays from 6pm to 7:15pm.

        [*Age groups are flexible so that your child works with the group best suited to their capabilities - please talk to one of our coaches if
         you would like to discuss this]

Coach Janet with Micah getting to grips with
the racket (photo by Geoff Roberts)

Coach Steve with Joe on the intricacies
of backhands (photo by Geoff Roberts)

The Junior Club

Unicorn Badminton Club is the only club locally to offer an opportunity for children and young people to learn how to play badminton, to reach a good standard of play, and to progress into club and league play.

      Players range from (roughly) 8yrs up to the end of school Year 11 (16yrs). We now have two junior groups.The first group is aimed at primary school years 4,5 and 6; the second group is aimed at secondary school years 7 to 11. Those are not hard and fast divisions. We will always try to place children in the group which is best for them to enjoy the game and be successful in making progress.

      The first group have about 45 mins of coached hitting and movement activities to develop good early skills while having fun. Their final 15 mins or so is playing conditioned games.

      The second, older, group begins with a structured warm up followed by coached activities for around 55 mins. Their final 20 mins or so is for competitive or conditioned games play. The aim is always to enjoy playing and learn how to play better.

      The sessions are led by a team of 5 Badminton England-qualified coaches.

      We encourage parents to stay to watch or to assist (for example by hand-feeding/throwing shuttles for players to hit or scoring games). If you find you really enjoy working with players, the club will help you to undertake BE coaching qualifications. We also welcome Year 10 and 11 pupils as helpers with our first group - as well as being fun and challenging in itself, this is also an excellent way of doing the volunteering component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at Bronze, Silver or Gold level.

As juniors reach a suitable standard of play to benefit from the experience, they are invited to stay on after 7:15 for an additional hour or so to join in play with the senior club members and to play in our competitive league teams.

The club takes its safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. The coaches have been DBS checked and have had safeguarding training: our Safeguarding Policy and guidance documents are here.

Jacob, Megan, Jen and Josh (photo by Geoff Roberts)