Classes are a smash hit

A SPORTS class has proved popular with dozens of North Tynesiders since it was introduced last year.

North Tyneside Council lauched its new sessions aimed at casual badminton players called ‘No Strings’.

The classes, which form part of the authority’s Widneing Horizons 4 Sport initiative, enables players aged 16 and over to have a game without the need to book.

Players aged 14 and 15 can also play but must be accompanied by an adult.

Around 30 regular players have taken the opportunity each week to play at Hadrian Leisure Centre in Wallsend and The Parks Sports Centre in North Shields.

Coun Glynis Barrie, cabinet member for community services, said: “Badminton is a great way to have fun, meet new friends and keep fit, and it’s fantastic that the classes have got off to such a good start – but there are always places available for new people looking to give it a go.”

Co-ordinators are on hand to organise mini games and give players tips at the sessions, which take place on Wednesdays, 7pm to 8pm, at Hadrian Leisure Centre, and on Thursdays, 12:30pm to 1:30pm, at Parks Sport Centre.

Players attending their first ‘No Strings session play for free.