Posted: Sat 15th Oct 2016

Junior Badminton Club Awarded For Increasing Participation In Sport /
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Oct 15th, 2016

A junior badminton club based in Penarth has been awarded for increasing the opportunity for disabled people to take part in sport. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Penarth and Vale Junior Badminton Club have achieved the Insport Ribbon award, which is a Disability Sport Wales initiative that aims to demonstrate how inclusive community sports clubs are. The club has shown that it has a good level of understanding of how to include disabled people in their sessions, and have been awarded for this understanding. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

This symbolises a great achievement for the club, as they were only established in November 2015, and, in the past year, the club has seen its membership rise from 4 to 40. This 40 now includes a diverse mix of members, with many starting as young as primary school age. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The club’s aim is to provide quality badminton sessions delivered by experienced coaches who can improve the skill level of every participant, no matter what their starting ability. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The club was set up in partnership with Angela Stevens, Badminton Wales Development Officer, with a local Sport Wales Community Chest grant being used to help with the initial start-up costs. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Simon Jones, Disability Sport Wales Development Officer, said: “I think it’s brilliant that the club is providing excellent inclusive opportunities, and want to include everyone. I believe this is one of the major reasons why the membership has grown so much over the past year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Everyone involved with the club should be praised for what they have achieved in such a short space of time. Their philosophy from the start has been to include everyone, and this has had such a positive effect on new members.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Everyone is welcome to attend the club, who train every Friday night between 7pm-8pm at Penarth Leisure Centre. The junior section is open to all children aged 7+ and costs £25 for 3 months of membership, with the first session being free. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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