Badminton Club - Semester 1 Report 2016-17
Saturday 28 January 2017
The Badminton Club started the year with pre-season 2016. Five days with a combination of drills, fitness and technique. We trained both on court and on the beach as well as enjoying some chilled time having dinner together. We saw a range of abilities, but everyone worked hard throughout the week.
This year we had another successful give-it-a-go session during Freshers’ Week. It was the first year we have had eight full courts in the new Sports Arena and we used then to our full advantage. Across the two-hour session we had over 200 people come through the doors. It was great to spot some new talent as well see people who just wanted to pick up a new sport. Following that session we had a week of open sessions that saw a huge interest and resulted in many people joining the club. This has lead to us breaking the 100-member mark and the club is still growing.
Off the back of our popular give-it-a-go session and the Sports Fayre we had nearly 80 people try out for team sports this year. After 2 days of trials and callbacks we now have two full teams who are training three times a week together under our coach Dan Travers. Much of the team is made up of new Freshers, so new partnerships within the team have been built. At the end of Semester 1 our 1st Team are sitting third in BUCS Scottish 2A and our 2nd team are sitting fourth in BUCS Scottish 4A, with matches still to play next semester.
Throughout Semester 1 we had continued high attendance at our social sessions, which give a great opportunity to mix both team players and social members. To engage with our members more we put on a social members ladder tournament in week 4. We had a great turn out and a great afternoon of competitive games. Our social members were able to show off their skills with the winners earning themselves a tube of shuttles and a bag of tablet. We have started up social coaching after the success of last year, with new team members taking on a coaching role giving technical skill advice to those wanting to improve.
We have also entered some of our social players into the local Scottish Student Sport (SSS) competition with mixed results. But we have had more success in our local DABA (Dundee Area Badminton Association) league where we are sitting in the middle of Division 2.
We hope to continue the success we have had as a club into the New Year and Semester 2.
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