Badminton sessions get under way across the borough

After successfully running a Badminton Essentials course last season and topping the Ladies B Division in the Northumberland BA Leagues, Bewicke Badminton Club will be looking to build on their achievements this season.

The club’s playing sessions started again in John Spence Community High School Sports Hall on Tuesday.

The club plays on Tuesdays, 8pm to 10pm, and Fridays, 7pm to 9pm.

A new Facebook page has been launched to keep up to date with the club’s latest news.

Bewicke Badminton Club welcomes new and returning players and encourages beginners to join in.

Juniors are welcome provided that they are of a sufficiently strong standard to play with and against adults.

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Meanwhile the popular Over 50s session in Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College Sports Hall in North Shields starts up again on Friday, September 5, at 10am.

A fully qualified coach leads the session and organises games.

It lasts an hour and costs £3, including refreshments. Rackets and shuttles are provided and all abilities are welcome.

North Tyneside Badminton Academy starts up again on Sunday, September 7, in John Spence Community High School Sports Hall.

The playing session is from 10am until noon and is led by fully qualified coaches.

Children aged from eight to 18 are welcome.

For more information go to or call the club’s secretary on 07765 371683.

Sessions continue all year at The Parks Leisure Centre in North Shields.

The club plays every Sunday from 6pm to 8pm and new members are welcome.

Friday evening ‘Pay and Play’ sessions start again on Friday, September 5, in John Spence Sports Hall.

These are open to anyone and run from 7pm until 10pm for £5 per adult and £3 for a junior.

For more information call the sports centre on (0191) 200 1252.

The ‘Badminton Essentials’ coached course is aimed at adults keen to learn new skills or improve their playing confidence in a relaxed, fun and sociable environment.

The course is run by a qualified instructor who will work through a programme of skills and techniques.

The five-week course starts on Thursday, September 18, and lasts until October 16.

Times are 7.30pm to 9pm, although the fifth week is 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

The course is open to anyone aged 16 or over and costs is £35. Places are limited so must be booked.

Contact Hadrian Leisure Centre on (0191) 643 2025 for more information and an application form.