Our club nights are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 8 and 9:30pm.
Venue, Time and Cost
We usually play Tuesdays and Thursdays at Ponds Forge from 8pm until 9.30pm. Each session costs £4. When busy we play to 15 and charge only £3 for the session. This includes court hire and shuttles. We have club rackets which can be borrowed although most people prefer to bring their own racket. Please check our Sheffield Forum or Facebook page for change of venues, as occasionally Ponds Forge isn't available.
Signing up to play
In order to sign up, all you have to do is log onto www.sheffieldforum.co.uk and sign up on the badminton forum thread (see the links to the left) by posting a message on the thread. You can also sign up on the Facebook group. If anyone would like us to meet them at reception just let us know.
After Tuesday night sessions, several members cool down in a local pub - The Old Queens Head. We also arrange monthly social events ranging from hiking in the Peaks to archery. Please check our Calendar, Forum or Facebook page for further information.
Let's go back to SFBC pre-historic times. On the legendary 24th September 2006 a member of the Sheffield Forum happened to open a thread on the forum website, unaware of the potential consequences. It featured this innocent but momentous post: "I want to start a regular weekly badminton club and have a few drinks after weekends or evenings. Let me know any willing /interested people. All levels, all races, all people!" At first, we just about filled one court, but since winter 2007 the number of players started to increase rapidly. The number of messages posted on the Sheffield Forum also rocketed into the sky and the Sheffield Forum kindly gave us an own section on its website (see Sheffield Interest Groups). Today, we are around 40 - 45 people chasing shuttlecocks on 8 courts every Tuesday and Thursday. The increase in volume did not result in the group becoming less personal. Far from it! Thanks to the organisational expertise of our committee we became a less chaotic bunch (thanks, Jaap, Paul and Nish!). Social interaction is not limited to the courts anymore because visits to the local pub after a game are now a standard item of the weekly agenda and further socials take place on a regular basis. Although the originator of the Sheffield Forum thread (see above) remains a mystery to most current players (as he only joined us for a few games at the start), he very nicely captured what we are about. The unique thing about us is that we are a casual and friendly club which is open to anyone. There is no such thing as mandatory membership, you are not obliged to turn up every week, and you are not even required to join us to the pub (although some of us argue that that is the best part). You just need to be able to hold a racket, enjoy playing badminton and chip in a bit of money on the day!
SFBC Club Shirt
SFBC logo'd shirts are available for the subsidised price of £9. We take orders every couple of months.