My Week With Badminton.

The fastest racket sport in the world, with a whole encyclopedia of shots, tactics and methods is a wonderful form of exercise. Here, at Worcester, our social goal is “creating the next generation of superstars”; regardless of your ability, there’s always room for you. 

I’m a regular face to all team and social players during a normal week, representing the Men’s Second Team, but offering advice and setup for most social sessions during both semesters.

This blog will explain a normal running week for us, giving any prospective players or recreational fanatics an insight into our society.

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Monday evening:

All team members (2 men’s & 1 women’s team) are stretching our hamstrings and shoulders ready for some HIIT training with Andy Hartley.

With a large majority of sports students competing, you are never far away from an aspiring physiotherapist or a performance coach.

We are preparing for #BUCSWednesday , or competitions like BUCS Nationals in Sheffield and individual county competitions. There’s always something to aspire for all team members.

Tuesday evening:

We have our first recreational session for the week. With a committee member present every week, anyone can pick up rackets, grab friends and have fun.

There’s no competition, no animosity, as several players have come through this system; we have qualified student coaches offering advice and tips to improve the game.

Wednesday afternoon:

It’s crunch time, for our team players Wednesday is the best day! Imagine Terry Crews slaying the dance floor with jazz in the background.

Playing down at the University Arena, our teams are competing to gain points for our respective league positions.

This year’s been a successful year – Men’s 1st have achieved a national play-off tie with Men’s 2nd looming a league title.With our women’s team sparking an impressive cup run with a top-three finish.

Sheffield 2017 saw a mixture of all team players competing against universities across the nation with mixed, doubles and singles player representing Worcester.

Wednesday evening: 

The matches are over, results are published online with a “die-hard attitude” whatever the result, team players and social members are celebrating over one’s kitchen area or sofa, partying the night ahead.

At Play & Mode in Tramps with over 80 sports and societies, Woo town is alive and full of students dabbing the night away whilst the DJ drops the hottest anthems of this year.

Friday evening:

Our lectures are over for the week and we have one more recreational session at the sports hall. A mixture of social members and team players come down to unwind – releasing those university tensions with like minded people is my harmony.

Without this society, my sporting life would be non-existent, there is an ethos for us to inspire one another and strive to be the very best.


#28 Feb-Fitness: Howie’s guide to stay fit!” summarizes other fitness tips, but badminton is an anaerobic, high-tempo game ready for anyone.

You can find more info about badminton at Worcester on the SU website.


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