South Birmingham Junior Badminton Club

Welcome to South Birmingham Junior Badminton Club.  The club has achieved Badminton 

England ‘Premier Club’ and 'Clubmark' status in recognition of the way the club runs and the 

support for it’s members. The club has been going from strength to strength since it started in March 1997. 


The details are as follows;


The club runs on Saturdays at 2-4pm (during school term times in the main) using 4 courts at Turves Green Boys School Sports Hall, Turves Green Rd, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 4BS.


Fees are payable via block payment in advance for 12-14 weeks (Payment periods are: Sep-Dec, Jan-Mar & Apr-Jul), and this works out at less than £4 per 2 hour session. We have a £10 quarterly reduction for siblings, and weekly payments can be made in exceptional circumstances. However, any missed weeks cannot be redeemed.

Standard/Age range

Don't worry if you haven't played much badminton before. We accept boys and girls from all ethnic backgrounds, and coach all abilities from complete beginner to budding county players. All are welcome at the club. The predominant age group is 8-16 years.


Phil Darlow is the head coach for this club, Phil is Coach Part 2 (Level 3 equiv) qualified. Allan Ho (Level 2) and Glen Spencer (Coach Part 2) also run the sessions. There are also assistants that provide invaluable help to the lead coaches, and most are Level 1 qualified. These are Ramesh Singh, James Darlow, James Spencer and Ruth Gameson. The coaches are fully affiliated to Badminton England and are CRB registered (police checked). They also maintain up-to date Emergency First Aid qualifications. Please ask if you wish to see proof of this.

What is provided/what to bring

There are rackets available to borrow. We always use feather shuttles. You will need to wear a shirt/blouse and shorts/skirt, please do not wear football tops. Please bring suitable footwear, preferably with a non-marking sole (usually not black soles). It is important to bring a bottled drink, these are allowed in the sports hall. There are shower and changing facilities available.

Rackets and shirts to buy

If you wish to bring your own racket, that's OK. If you wish you can buy rackets from local sports shops, we recommend Maurice Robinson sports at Kings Heath, Birmingham. However, Phil also has good quality, lightweight carbon graphite rackets available to buy, please see him for more details. You can also purchase a discounted T shirt (with logo, club name and your name). Just ask one of the coaches for more information.  


We are aiming for a club that is friendly, with a strong emphasis on 'fun' and 'enjoyment'. We want you to have a great time, and at the same time learn some new badminton skills, and become a better player for it. Each Saturday session will include;

Warm-up routines, re-cap

Coaching on an aspect of the game

      Practice routines

      Fun games

      Competitions, doubles/singles and team games



Other activities

     We also organise other badminton related activities. These include friendly matches with other junior clubs as well as participation in the local league, for those juniors who have a more 'competitive' nature. There will also be occasional outings to local badminton events, such as the All England Championships held at the National Indoor Arena, featuring the worlds best players.


      We take every precaution to minimise the risk of accident or injury. We would appreciate sensible behaviour both on and off court to minimise the risks. However, we have in place some liability insurance whilst at the junior club sessions.

      Web site

      We have a club web site at with further information.  

      Feedback and further information

      The coaches always appreciate feedback on the way we do things, whether it's good or bad. We are always open to ideas and suggestions. That way we will be able to improve the club, and achieve our aim of a club that is 'fun and enjoyable, yet will improve your badminton skills'.  

      If you have any queries, contact;  

      Phillip Darlow, 30 Knighton Road, Birmingham, B31 2EH.


      web site;  



      We look forward to seeing you at the club. and hope you have a great time....

      Happy Badminton !      

Phil, Allan, Glen


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