Badminton is actually a relatively new sport, having first made an appearance in the mid-1800s. Initially, balls of wool were preferred to shuttlecocks - but ultimately the shuttlecocks stayed. Recently, European badminton has been dominated by the Danes. On a more global scale, the Chinese have had enduring success - no shocks there!
Did you know?
On May 22, 2006, Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia entered the Guiness Book of World Records with a smash of 206 mph! For comparison, in May 2012, Australian tennis player Sam Groth hit the fastest recorded serve in professional tennis with a 163 mph ace.
Suits kids who are…
- Quick Thinkers
3 reasons to get into Badminton
Badminton is easy to play.
Badminton is extremely easy to pick up due to the nature of equipment. The racket and shuttlecock are lightweight - this means even the youngest of players can jump into the sport with ease. The design of the shuttlecock’s skirt also forces it to travel slower than a ball would in similar sports. Together, these two aspects make badminton a very approachable sport.
Badminton is a great form of exercise.
Depending on how you play the game, badminton can become very quick! All the running about in short bursts will work it’s magic, and keep your child fit and healthy.
Badminton teaches life lessons.
Badminton helps youngsters develop a work ethic, learn sportsmanship, accept responsibility, manage mistakes, enhance discipline, learn to compete, cope with pressure and adversity, develop healthy habits, learn teamwork and much more.
Badminton is like ballet dancing. It requires a lot of control, strength, mind play and measured movement.