Well! What a year Shiregreen Sports Badminton Club has had.
It's been an amazing journey at the badminton club in 2018 and the club has gone from strength to strength. We've welcomed a bunch of new members to the SSBC family this year and together have worked hard to create a fun environment to play badminton and keep fit.
The SSBC committee would like to thank everyone who came down to a session throughout the year; without you the badminton club wouldn't exist.
Here's a bit of a recap of our amazing 2018 here at Shiregreen Sports Badminton Club:
Saturday club acquisition.
One of the first achievements of 2018 was the acquisition of the Parkwood Academy Saturday morning session. The club managed to secure this session off Parkwood School and moved it to the earlier slot of 10:30am - 12:30pm. The session has grown and grown in popularity and has boosted overall turnover at the club.
New website - www.shiregreensports.org.uk
Did you know? - Our website had a much needed update at the beginning of the year in order to increase online presence and be a source of information for current members and potential new members. If you’re reading this then you are looking at our new website, feel free to have a browse. Also while you’re at it check out our Instagram (which was started this year) - https://instagram.com/shiregreensports
New club kit
It’s been a few years since our previous club kit was released, and I’m sure members would agree that it was getting ready for a refresh. Courtesy of our friends over at ClubRackets.com we now have a new range of kit items available for members to purchase. We decided to go with Victor as the brand - a well known badminton equipment/clothing manufacturer. The club still continues to subsidise £10 off one club shirt per member per year. See the range of kit choices below. Get in touch with a committee member to order yours!
As an added bit of excitement over the normal badminton sessions week in - week out, we asked members to pair up and join us for a 2v2 tournament. The competition was fierce, with members upping their games to try and be the top pair.
We held a couple of tournaments towards the latter end of the year which were met with positive feedback from members. Rest assured we'll be putting more of these little tournaments on in 2019.
We started our first League Badminton campaign in October of 2018. We entered a Men’s team into Division 5 of the plastics league. We’re hoping to bring a competitive aspect to our club moving forwards, giving members a goal to work towards outside of just social badminton. We are looking to bring on a ladies team for next season, this may be in the form of a ladies/mixed/combined team.
Now slowly becoming a yearly tradition at the club our Charity Week 2018 was met with great generosity from our members. The club raised a whopping £581 in total for St Luke’s Hospice based in Sheffield. The club smashed last years total of £300 raised. Due to our efforts St Luke’s came down to a club night to do a big cheque handover and we were featured in The Star (see below for photos.)
So here’s to 2019
It’s onwards and upwards for Shiregreen Sports Badminton Club. Again - a huge thank you to members for coming down to club nights throughout the year and creating an environment to have fun and play badminton. Special thank you to the limited amount of committee members who work hard to make the club a success year in, year out.
Finally the committee would like to wish members a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
Once again Shiregreen Sports Badminton club will be hosting a charity week at the club raising money for St Luke’s Hospice in memory of Jane Bilton.
Jane Bilton was a long-time member of our club, who passed away due to cancer towards the latter end of 2017. St Luke’s supported Jane throughout the duration of her treatment and leading up to the last day of her life.
On Monday 22nd and Thursday 25th October we will charge £3 per session with all proceeds going towards St Luke’s. If you want to kindly donate more than £3 this would be welcomed. SSBC will cover the cost of courts for this evening.
Monday 22nd October details:
Normal Monday session at Firth Park Academy. £3+ per member going towards St Luke’s.
Thursday 25th October details:
We will be hosting another Inter-club tournament, get your pairs ready and your game faces on! Prepare for a tournament of the ages!
A selection of buns/cakes will be available to buy on the night with proceeds going towards St Luke’s.
£3+ per member going towards St Luke’s.
Some more information about the charity:
St Luke's care for people aged 18 and above throughout Sheffield who have terminal illnesses. They aim to control their symptoms, alleviate pain, and give them the best possible quality of life – all free of charge.
Click here to see the donation from last year:
Shiregreen Sports Badminton Club are pleased to announce that we will begin our first league badminton campaign this year.
We will be entering a Mens Plastics team into the Sheffield Badminton league for the 2018/19 season. We will be starting in the bottom Division (Division 5), and are hoping to finish in a strong position in the table at the end of the season.
Over the past few weeks we have hosted two tryout evenings open to members who have shown an interest in playing in the team this year. In attendance at these sessions were Adam Hague (League Team Secretary) and Will Stocks (League Team Captain), who together are responsible for selecting players to play in the team.
The team was chosen based on the following criteria:
An element of Correct Technique
Textbook positional play
Here are the 12 members who will be representing SSBC by playing in the Mens Plastics Team in our first league campaign (in no particular order):
Thank you to everyone who showed an interest and came to tryout for the team.
To all other members wishing to play league badminton - opportunities may arise throughout the season so keep your eyes peeled.
We hope we can count on members to cheer us along at our matches!
Those of you who have been down to the club nights over the past 2 weeks, will have had a chance to play with a new nylon shuttlecock - the MAVIS 600. This shuttlecock manufactured by Yonex is the latest edition to their nylon shuttlecock range.
For a number of years Shiregreen Sports Badminton Club (SSBC) has favoured the Yonex MAVIS 300 shuttlecock, which has always come out on top versus other competition. At each of our clubs AGM's we have asked if members are happy with the shuttlecocks and the decision has always - more or less - been unanimous.
Today sees the club making a tough and conscious decision in our choice of nylon shuttlecock.
Why is our club a nylon/plastic badminton club?
The main reason is the cost implications. Nylon shuttles are more durable and cost less compared to their feather counterparts. Our club has always offered badminton sessions at a low/affordable price and that is partly due to the club using nylon shuttlecocks.
What's wrong with the current MAVIS 300 shuttles?
MAVIS 300 shuttles are still enjoyable to play with at our club - I'm sure members will agree. Everyone gets along with them and is used to how they feel/ play. However the durability of the shuttles has definitely deteriorated since the release of the new MAVIS 600 shuttle range. Club members will have noticed a shorter lifespan of the shuttles, with some shuttlecocks lasting 1-3 games; which is often unheard of from nylon shuttlecocks. The "feathers" of the shuttle seem to snap in numerous places and more frequently which in turn causes the shuttle to spin. The rubber/cork of the shuttle often detatches itself from the feathers, which means the cork has just completely crumbled inside the rubber. The shuttles just feel poorly made and as though less material has been used - making them increasingly light, but in turn making them more succeptable to hits from the racquets. The light feeling of the shuttle does reward members who enjoy a big smash - which is fun and great - but when the cork is exploding this is something we felt we needed to address.
What are the reasons for choosing the MAVIS 600 shuttle?
We've had some good feedback from members regarding this shuttle. It definitely feels different to it's predecessor - the rubber has a more harder feeling and you feel more repsonse when it hits the racquet. The shuttle feels naturally heavier so net shots require a bit more power and smashes don't come off as well as the 300. The shuttle's flight pattern seems to imitate that of a feather shuttlecock - which is good! This has been catching some members off guard though, sometimes leaving a shot that would have originally sailed out the back of the court only for it to land in. I'm sure many members would agree that the shuttle needs some getting used to.
The goal for nylon shuttles has always been to imitate feather shuttles as best as possible, and we felt that by moving forwards with the MAVIS 600 it is a step in the right direction for our club.
A little note about league badminton:
Sheffield Badminton were on the fence about using 300/600 shuttles for the year 17/18, they ultimately decided on using MAVIS 300 for their plastic leagues. We would anticipate that the approaching league season (18/19) will see them make the switch to the MAVIS 600 shuttles. This may be interesting for members wishing to play league badminton next season.
We hope that members appreciate the thought and testing that has gone into this decision at our club. We hope that you enjoy playing with the new shuttlecocks and find success in your games.
Many thanks and keep playing badminton!
Shiregreen Sports Badminton Club is pleased to announce their takeover of the Saturday morning badminton club session.
Members will already be aware of our Saturday morning badminton session that previously ran 11:30am - 1:30pm. This session was previously ran by Parkwood School with the majority of attendees coming from SSBC. SSBC are now pleased to announce the takeover of the saturday session, along with an earlier time slot of 10:30am - 12:30pm.
The format will be the same as our other club nights where we offer a pay and play service. Please see details of pricing here, and make sure you pay the club treasurer at the end of the session!
With this takeover the club will see a steady increase in profits over the forseeable future, profits that we intend to put into further improving the club.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturdays 10:30am - 12:30pm at Parkwood E-ACT Academy.
Stay tuned for more exciting Shiregreen Sports Badminton Club updates!
Shiregreen Sports Badminton Club is very pleased to announce it’s first Club Social Event.
Sunday 22nd April 2018
We will be going for a walk in the Peak District, specifically Castleton.
We will meet at the Castleton car park at 10:30am and setting off promptly at 10:50am - we're not keeping numbers so don't be late! We will commence the walk through Cave Dale, stop for a packed lunch at the top, and then come down Winnats pass. We'll then be calling in at one of the local pubs for a pint before we all set off home.
Estimated time for the walk is about 2-3 hours weather dependent!
- Wear appropriate clothing for the day. Walking shoes, waterproof stuff could be essential.
- Bring a packed lunch.
- Bring family, friends & dogs if they can handle the walk. Invite them to the event on Facebook here.
- Bring money for car parking and pub.
Please post below or on the Facebook event if you don't drive and would like to come, we can try and arrange car pooling with the other members.
Coincidentally the 22nd April is also Earth Day! What better way to celebrate!
Keep up to date with the event on Facebook here.
It'd be great to see you all there!
As our players started to improve, we thought we'd test our abilities against another club in our first ever match; a friendly against Sheffield Forum Badminton Club!
On the Monday the 18th of November 2013 we hosted our inaugural friendly, taking on Sheffield Forum Badminton Club at Firth Park Academy.
Sheffield Forum Badminton Club were invited to bring a team of six beginner/intermediate skill level players to play the friendly. The match would follow the same format as the Sheffield Badminton league. We selected three mixed pairings to represent our club; Andrew Caunt & Tracy Grimes, Paul Antcliffe & Jane Bilton, Josh Bilton & Kerry Bailey.
Sheffield forum fielded an experienced bunch of intermediates to play the friendly. The games came thick and fast and although some were close, we were comprehensively beaten with Sheffield Forum eventually winning with a score of 6 to 0.
Gareth Evans, SFBC Chairman was in attendance, over seeing the match, though he didn’t take part in the friendly. Gareth was one of the group that completed the successful Guinness world record attempt that instigated the start of our club.
The Sheffield Forum players after the friendly were invited to mix in with our other members who hadn't participated in the friendly and enjoy the rest of the evening.
A big thanks goes out to Will Stocks and Gareth Evans, for arranging the friendly, with hopefully more to come in the future!
To celebrate our first year anniversary, the club managed to secure some funding to allow us to offer free sessions throughout October 2013. We even managed to get some coverage in Sheffield Star!
Famous! – It’s our first year anniversary next month and we wanted to celebrate. What better way than having FREE Badminton all month long!
We were successful attaining some local funding enabling us to offer Monday night sessions completely free throughout October to new and regular players. The decision has so far proved popular, and it didn’t take long for the local paper to pick up on it!
We look forward to welcoming new players to the club and taking advantage of the offer. What a cracking first year we’ve had and what a way to begin the next one.
See you on court soon!
As part of the initial funding bid, the funds were made available to offer coaching to members. Rather than pay a coach and only benefit from a handful of sessions, it was decided to train one of our members who could then step up as the resident club coach.
With not long left of our funding project we still have one outstanding area to cover - Coaching. We put this in the bid and our experience taught us this would be important to making the club appeal to new players wanting to learn and develop in the sport.
The cost of a fully qualified coach isn't cheap. The money we have would only cover the cost of a coach for a handful of sessions and wouldn't really see any long term benefit.
By this time numbers were inconsistent on a Thursday evening. Will took the decision to offer players informal coaching on Thursday nights to improve their techniques and all round game play. This worked and numbers on a Thursday have increased dramatically.
As it was a large expense we opened up the subject to club players. The majority decision followed the idea of sending one of our own players on Badminton England's Level 1 Coaching course, after completing Level 2, with insurance, officially means you can coach formally. A handful of names were suggested, as Will had already taken the role upon himself to offer his experience, the players agreed he would best suit the opportunity.
We also offered the opportunity for a club player to undertake a First Aid course provided by British Red Cross funded by SSBC.
Allan, SSBC treasurer said: "The whole group are delighted to keep the money local, having a qualified coach within the club offers so many options in the future to benefit all our players in the long term. "Will has only missed one session since the club started last year, this, along with the offer of the first aid training to club players, is just the beginning of SSBC offering opportunities to its loyal players for the benefit of the club, like our offer of a free Adidas wristband to players after attending five of our sessions."
Speak to a member of the SSBC committee if you are interested in attending the First Aid workshop.