Badminton club wants to recruit young players

2015-07-30 06:00
;Badminton coach Ryan Tait (back) with young players at Despatch Badminton Club (from left) Khazimla, Xanti, Darren, Luthando, Luke and Josh (front). 

;Badminton coach Ryan Tait (back) with young players at Despatch Badminton Club (from left) Khazimla, Xanti, Darren, Luthando, Luke and Josh (front). Photo: SUPPLIED

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A badminton awareness project has been implemented in the Despatch and Uitenhage regions with the aim to get more youngsters involved in this racket sport.

This awareness project is in line with the mission of Eastern Province Badminton Association to develop and promote the sport.

Badminton is one of the Olympics’ newest sports. Since 1992 it became an official Summer Olympics sport at the Barcelona Olympics. The beginnings of badminton are traced back to the mid 1800s in the then British India where the sport was created by British military officers. The sport is actually related to ball badminton which originated in Tamil Nadu.

The fastest recorded tennis stroke is 263km/h whilst the fastest badminton stroke during play was 332km/h. Taking into account that the basic size of a tennis court is 23.77m x 10.97m in comparison with a badminton court of 13.40m x 6.10m it is noteworthye that it is a fast game.

The Despatch Badminton Club visited schools to promote the sport and recruited a few children. They have invited all interested young players to visit the club and join them for a game of badminton.

)For more information regarding the Despatch Badminton Club contact Ryan Tait (coach) 082 339 3552, Leonie Fortuin (EP Badminton: acting president) 082 320 1156 or Ima Potgieter (secretary) 082 663 8472

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