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Badminton


Welsh Badminton Union
Unit E4
South Port Industrial Estate
Foreshore Road
Cardiff
CF10 4SP
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Website: http://www.welshbadminton.net

Date established: 1928
Disciplines: All levels of men’s and women’s badminton in Wales.

Committee Structure: Currently the Council of the Union, comprising members elected by the County Associations, controls and carries out the functions of the Union. Council meets twice a year and delegates the day to day running of the Union to the Management and Finance Committee. There are three Standing Committees who operate in a sub committee format: Planning and Development; Coaching and Technical; Events. This structure will soon be changing when the WBU becomes a limited company.

Regional Structure:
Each county has a county association; currently they are represented on the Council, but this will be changing shortly.

Relationship to National Bodies: There is no UK governing Body, but there is the British Olympic Badminton Association whose Performance Director works closely with the WBU.

International Relations: The WBU is affiliated to the International Badminton Federation.

Publications:

Membership Figures:

1991

1996

1999

2000

2001

2002

Clubs

N/A N/A

205

227

236

226

Adult Members


4,380 (91/92)

N/A

2,439

2,485

2,500

2,581

Junior Members

N/A

1,605

1,750

2,802

1,916



Additional Information

Badminton Participation

% Adult Participation (aged 15+):

Participation in badminton has declined over the past decade. Current participation is at about half the level of 1991/92.

1991/92

1993/94

1995/96

1997/98

1998/99

2000/01

2002/03

Male

2.6

1.8

2.5

2.4

2.0

1.9

1.3

Female

2.5

2.1

2.2

1.7

1.3

1.2

1.1

Total

2.5

1.9

2.4

2.0

1.7

1.6

1.2


Badminton participation is lower in the Valleys than elsewhere in Wales; the highest rates are in Ceredigion, Flintshire and Powys. When asked how many times they had played badminton in the past 4 weeks, the mean was around 3.5 times. Players in Metropolitan Wales played more frequently than the mean.

Profile of Badminton Players

Badminton players are slightly more likely to be male than female. In common with most sports the peak participation rate for badminton occurs in the 15-24 age group. Badminton players are much more likely to come from social groups ABC1 than from C2DE.

Provision for Badminton

Badminton takes place in sports halls, school halls, community centres, church halls and village halls. The critical factor is height, with 9.1 metres clear minimum height required for national standard, 8.4 metres for regional and county standard and 7.4 metres for club standard. An absolute minimum for recreational play is 6.1 metres. There are currently 183 sports halls of at least 2 badminton court size open for public use in Wales. This compares with just 11 in 1972. The Welsh Institute of Sport (WIS) is used for national training and competition. WIS is accredited by the British Olympic Association as a training centre for badminton.