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Like so many other sports, Badminton in its modern form was first established and codified in Britain, though it was developed from a game seen by British soldiers in India in the nineteenth century. The older game of shuttlecock and battledore was a similar although rather rudimentary amusement, and various Japanese, Greek and Tamil pastimes likewise were close to what became Badminton thanks to its launch as a sport at Badminton House in 1873.
‘Badders’ is an ideal club game, requiring basic equipment – racquets, shuttlecocks, a net and room enough for a court – and with easily comprehensible rules. The game is played for recreation and fitness by many club members with no pretensions to becoming the next Gail Emms or Nathan Robertson (Olympic silver medallists at Athens) or Simon Archer and Joanne Goode (who took bronze in Sydney), and try though they may it is unlikely even the strongest club player will get within shouting distance of the world record smash of 206mph.
But for most club players records and medals are not the point: club Badminton is about meeting people, a little friendly competition, keeping fit, and having an enjoyable evening in the local sports hall, with maybe a well earned drink afterwards. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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