• young people

    through young people

    Badminton is a popular sport amongst young people, featuring within the top ten sports played in secondary schools and catering for player levels from casual to highly competitive

    • Over 500,000 12 to 15 year olds play badminton regularly
    • Most secondary schools have badminton courts but facilities and expertise can often be barriers in primary schools
    • An early start is vital for elite performers
  • young adults

    through young adults

    Badminton is the fifth largest participant sport for those aged between 17 – 25 years

    • 86,000 people play badminton informally once a week
    • 21,000 play in clubs once a week
    • Badminton is extremely popular amongst students in Further and Higher Education with a large and thriving club base in Universities
    • Access to courts, cost and academic work are quoted as the greatest barriers to participation
  • Adults

    through Adults

    Badminton is the sixth largest participant sport amongst adults in this country engaging a diverse range of people from casual participants to those competing regularly in national and international events

    • Over 3million people play at least once per year
    • Casual participants are the largest group with 330,000 playing every week
    • More than 100,000 play in clubs every week
    • Lack of time and access to more court time are the most common barriers to even greater levels of participation
  • Para-Badminton

    through Para-Badminton

    Badminton is the seventh largest participation sport for people with a longstanding limiting illness and we are committed to increasing participation and improving the profile of Para-Badminton

    • The majority of participation takes place as part of regular badminton activity
    • Internationally recognised Para-Badminton categories for elite play are wheelchair users, ambulant physically and restricted growth
    • For club and county participation there are also opportunities for people with learning disabilities and sensory and physical impairments
    • Access to more local competition and a structure through to England representative level is vital in motivating and retaining players
  • Team England

    through Team England

    Top badminton players are full-time professional athletes playing on the international tournament circuit and aiming to win Olympic medals

    • There are 26 players in the England senior squad covering singles and doubles disciplines
    • English players have a history of achieving Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European medals
    • Badminton is a truly global sport with players representing every continent
  • fans

    through fans

    There are over 1 billion badminton fans worldwide – more people watched the 2012 Olympic men’s singles final live than watched the 100 metres final

    • The Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships is more than 100 years old and is the ‘jewel in the crown’ in the global calendar
    • More than 60,000 fans watch major events live in England every year
    • Our events are broadcast into more than 50 territories around the World reaching more than 350 million homes