Our badminton club was formed in 1968 and played at the Greenmeadow Primary School, Penn Close, which is where we got our name. Back then, there was one court located in the school hall, which had a fairly low ceiling and even lower metal beams. The membership grew to about 20 and players became very good at hitting the shuttle between the beams and the ceiling!
A friendly club spirit soon developed and after joining the Swindon & District Badminton Association, the club initially fielded a mens and a mixed team in their league. Subsequently in the mid 1970s, a ladies team was added. As there was only one court it wasn’t possible to have a club night when there was a home league match. Even with these restrictions, the teams enjoyed some measure of success, moving up and down the mid to lower divisions.
In the 1980s, the club was approached by the Haydon Centre to play there (see opposite). This move was carefully considered, as it was feared the close club friendliness would be lost. However the move went ahead and the spirit of the club was largely unaffected. The move meant playing in a proper sports hall with four courts and better facilities, where we are today. Another benefit was being able to hold club nights during home league matches. The other change was to move from playing with plastic shuttles to feathers. Taking in all these factors, the playing standard gradually improved and the membership has grown to around 25-30.
We’re now affiliated to Badminton England, who also provide us with liability insurance, so members and visitors are protected when playing at our club. We’re also affiliated to the Wiltshire Badminton Association and continue to play in the Swindon & District Badminton Association League.
Like most clubs, we have a committee, which is democratically elected by all the members annually at the AGM. This committee is made up of a Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary, plus the team Captains. The committee ensures the smooth running of the club. Other members also help with maintaining the supply of shuttles, club events and competitions.