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 Epsom on Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm and Wednesday/Thursday night from 7pm to 9pm every week. We usually have between 30-45 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 (17 albums so far - the password will be shared with members only).
We also organize tournaments, such as the upcoming Trans Tasman Tournament 2017 ,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/Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9pm, and anyone is welcome to join us.
2. Where do you play and how do I find you?
We play in the Bartercard badminton hall and the address is 99 Gillies Avenue, Newmarket (Epsom). 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 $7.5 for one hour or $15 for two hours if you are not a member. If you have officially joined the club, the cost is $5 for one hour or $10 for two hours, and the first hour from 12pm-1pm on Saturdays is free. Your membership fee will cover the Feb-Dec period each year. We currently accept cash only, but if you would like to pay via internet banking or Eftpos, 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 now.
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 min 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 40 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!
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?
People who register will be given priority to play. Once you are on our mailing list, you will receive an invitation for each club day each week. To register your attendance, click on 'Yes' next to 'Going?' at the bottom of your invitation. If you click on 'Accept' or 'Yes' on the top, we won't know you are coming!!! Please see this image if you are still not sure how to register.