History of the Club
There has been a badminton club at Leyland St Andrew’s Church for many years. Badminton is played in the separate Church Hall facility off Worden Lane in Leyland. The foundation stone for the Church Hall states that foundations were laid in 1931, and badminton has been a feature of Church Hall activity from that date. The Vicar around that time (who is understood to be Vicar Ensor) was very much involved with the creation of a badminton club in this venue. When you look at the design of the Church Hall, the height of the building and the layout of the roof beams, you can see that perhaps the hall was designed with the game of badminton in mind. I understand that Vicar Ensor played the game regularly during his time at Leyland St Andrew’s, and that he was good enough during his younger days to have represented his country at the sport. The standard of players produced by the club over the years has been outstanding. From what was basically a Church badminton club there have emerged players to represent their Country at various age and senior levels, and a number of players who have represented the County of Lancashire (again at junior and senior level). In national terms Lancashire is a very strong badminton playing county, and representation at this level is quite an achievement.
The Club Today
The club has approximately 40 senior members with varying levels of ability and experience. The club has a number of teams that participate in the Mid Lancashire Badminton League, which is a league for teams in the Preston, Leyland and Chorley area. The league badminton season runs from September through to April, and during this period the club plays on the following nights of the week
- Monday Evenings (7.30pm until 10.00pm) Senior Practice
- Thursday Evenings (7.30pm until 11.00pm) Home Match Night
The club welcomes new members at any time, and anyone interested should come along at 8.00pm onwards on a Monday evening. During the off-season, practice nights are less frequent. The members of the club practice over the period from May to August generally on alternate Mondays (again from 7.30 pm until 10.00 pm).
The club has a thriving junior section. There are approximately 20 registered junior members of the club, who are aged between 8 and 16. The junior badminton nights are on Monday 6:30pm until 7:30pm and Thursday, from 6.30pm until 7.15 pm during the period from September to April. There is no junior badminton over the off-season period. At junior club, senior members of the club offer tuition in the fundamentals of the game, and once the child has become confident at hitting the shuttle there is the opportunity to receive more coaching aimed at game improvement. The junior club aims to introduce the game of badminton to children in a friendly environment. If you are interested, come along on a Thursday evening from 6.30 pm onwards.
Boxing Day Tournament
The highlight of the club year is the annual Boxing Day tournament, which takes place on, you guessed it, Boxing Day. The idea is to get a little exercise to lose a few of those extra pounds from your Christmas meal. The Boxing Day tournament is about having fun. It is a mixed doubles event, and a draw takes place to decide who you will partner. Winning the tournament carries a lot of prestige. The tournament has been run for nearly sixty years, and there is a great deal of pride in seeing your name inscribed on the impressive trophies for the winners.
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