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You might not think it but badminton is a great sport not only for getting out and meeting people but also for your fitness. Badminton players have to cover a pretty big area in terms of getting back and forward and left and right on the court. There is also a lot of sprinting involved as you try to cut off smashes and deal with lob shots and there is also a lot of agility involved. As an Olympic sport, badminton is played at the very highest level, however here in Sheffield it can be played as much more of a social sport or by entering leagues in your area if you love the competition.

Badminton clubs will meet on a regular basis with many setting up ladders to bring some competition to this highly social sport. With the combination of speed, stamina and agility, badminton is one of the best sports for working on all areas of your fitness.

Health benefits

One of the best things about badminton is that it can be played year round making it a very popular sport during the winter months. It is also a sport that can be played by people of all ages. Although speed and agility are important elements of the games, so are tactics and strategy, which often level up the playing field for the more experience players who can’t cover the court as well as they used to.

Badminton is great for raising the heart rate and also reducing cholesterol. Playing badminton has been scientifically proven to raise the level of good cholesterol in the body whilst reducing the levels of bad cholesterol. Badminton is a great all round sport for helping to stay healthy and fit and can be played by all ages.

Did you know?

  • Badminton is the fastest racket sport in the world with shuttles clocking speeds in excess of 200mph
  • Badminton is the second most popular sport in the world after football
  • The best shuttlecocks are made from the feathers from the left wing of a goose

You can find Badminton facilities at any of these local facilities: