We are a not-for-profit social badminton group based in Auckland, New Zealand. While most of us are gay/bisexual, anyone is welcome to join us.
The club was founded by Ken Crawford in early 2000's and is now being run by a group of volunteers. Our goal is to provide a safe and friendly environment for the LGBTQI community to meet away from K Road and social medias.
We usually play in Auckland Badminton Hall in GIllies Avenue on Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm and at St Cuthbert's College on Wednesday night from 7pm to 9pm every week. We usually have between 35-50 people, and there are players at different performance levels.
Social events outside of badminton are organized from time to time, and you can view the photos taken at our past events in the gallery section (slowly updating - the password will be shared with members only).
We also organize tournaments, such as the Trans Tasman Tournament, Pinoy Tournament and our new internal tournament for players who are a bit more competitive or just simply want to meet new friends from other social clubs.
1. When are the club days?
We play on Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm but the first hour is reserved for members only (see Membership). We also play on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm, and anyone is welcome to join us.
Note: Wednesdays to continue at some point in 2019 TBA.
2. Where do you play and how do I find you?
We play in the Auckland Badminton Hall at 99 Gillies Avenue, Newmarket (Epsom) on Saturdays and at St Cuthberts College on Wednesdays. Come inside the badminton hall and look for courts that have been booked for us. The Committee member on duty is usually the person standing right next to a big white board in the seating area.
3. How much is it?
The cost is $20 for three hours, or $7 per hour if you are not a member. If you have officially joined the club, the cost is $5 for one hour or $15 for three hours. Wednesday nights for two hours remains at $10 for Members and $15 if you are not a member. Your membership fee will cover the Feb-Jan period each year. We currently accept bank transfer only, but if you would like to pay via cash, please ask one of the Committee members on duty for assistance. This is a not-for-profit group and the money we collect from you pays for court bookings, new shuttles and if there is money left at the end of the year, the Christmas meal.
4. Do you provide shuttlecocks?
Yes, we use feather shuttles.
5. What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring a racquet (or you can hire one from the pro-shop in the badminton hall), indoor shoes, a bottle of water and perhaps a towel. There are showers in the changing room upstairs so you are welcome to bring a change of clothes with you. Please note that it is important that you wear proper non-marking shoes as they will protect you from injuries.
6. How do you organize who is playing with whom?
Each game is about 10-15 mins long and the Committee will randomly put 4 people on a court. For example, if you see court 3 next to your name, that means you need to stop looking at the board and get your butt over to court 3. Depending on the number of players, you might get to play singles from time to time.
7. How many players are there?
We usually have around 50 players on Saturdays and slightly less people on Wednesday. Sometimes we have more, sometimes we have less. We have players of different skill levels so don't worry if you are a beginner.
8. Are there many female players in your group?
There are a few regular female players at present, and we would love to have more ladies in the group. We are currently working on a ladies night for our girls. :)
9. Can I bring a friend?
Yes, the more the merrier.
10. I don't know the scoring system, can I still play?
Yes, you can learn the badminton scoring system while playing with other people in the club. You may also want to have a read online first.
11. How do I register my attendance?
Registration is through Facebook events now. These are run through the Auckland Feathers Private Group so please contact one of the Committee members if you would like to join. All our social events are also through here so is it useful to join.