Dormers Wells Leisure Centre in Southall will be hosting free ‘No Strings Badminton’ and Coached Junior ‘SmashUp!’ sessions for members and local residents from the 4th of November for four weeks.


‘No Strings Badminton’ is the low cost way to play badminton for relaxed, social game-play for adult players of all abilities. ‘SmashUp!’ is BADMINTON England’s perception changing, innovative youth Badminton initiative, aimed at inspiring children of all sporting abilities to swing a racket. No dress code, relaxed coaching, and lots of fun.


Juniors are invited to free ‘SmashUp!’ taster sessions from 4th to 25th November, 5 to 10 year olds can attend between 5 – 6pm. 11 to 15 year olds from 6 – 7pm.   Following the taster sessions, a charge of £3 will then apply for those who are not Better Junior members.


Adult ‘No Strings’ sessions will take place on Friday from the 4th of November at 8 – 10pm. An initial free four weeks is on offer, after ‘No Strings Badminton’ sessions will cost participants £5 but is free to over 55 Better Club members.


BADMINTON England in partnership with charitable social enterprise GLL are aiming to increase participation in the Southall area at Dormers Wells Leisure Centre, which is operated by GLL on behalf of Ealing Council under its Better brand.


Maximilian Goodchild, Better Community Sports Manager for Ealing & Hillingdon comments, ‘Being a Badminton player myself I’m very excited about offering such a great opportunity for the local community to get involved in an exciting, fun and extremely social sport. I’m also hoping to attend a few sessions myself so will be a great opportunity to meet fellow enthusiasts and beginners alike.’


Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “Badminton is a great participation sport and these low cost sessions are ideal for players of all abilities to get active and have fun in a relaxed way. I am delighted we can also offer free tasters sessions to young people from local schools and hope many of them will be encouraged to get involved and stay active.”