• By Ellen O'Riordan on Mar 10, 2016

No Strings Badminton in London

No Strings Badminton is a fantastic way for racquet retirees to return to the sport, for people to get fit and healthy via a sociable and fun activity and is ideal for anyone looking to add a new string to their bow.

Despite the confusion of the name, be ensured that as of 2016, badminton must still be played with stringed rackets.  We look forward to the days when racquet heads are filled by invisible, force fields that rebound shuttles at light speed whilst emitting a lightsaber sound effect, but for now we’ll have to make do.  Nonetheless, the No Strings initiative really is something to make a racquet about.  It is the sociable and easy “pay and play” scheme coaxing people back into sport.  Racquets and buddies are provided (although you can bring your own);  all you have to do is turn up and play.  

Too many of us are guilty of signing up to long term exercise programmes, filled with beginner’s enthusiasm and that Nike slogan attitude, only for our positive spirit to expire long before our pricey memberships do.  The perks of “no strings” are no joining fees and no commitment.  It’s just £2-£5 at the door for a two hour session, so is perfect for anyone working off a shoestring budget!  If you feel you need to lay the groundwork before diving into an open session, No Strings also offers “Essentials” courses.  Lasting 6-8 weeks, they cover the basic principles and techniques needed to be comfortable and confident on the court.  The price of the courses vary depending on location, but the average fee is £40.  

There are now more than 500 leisure facilities throughout England offering over 1,000 weekly drop in sessions in conjunction with No Strings.  Visit nostringsbadminton.co.uk to search for a venue in your area.  

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Gymbox Covent Garden

42 - 49 St Martins Lane Covent Garden Central London WC2N 4EJ

PureGym London Piccadilly

Rex House 4-12 Regent Street Piccadilly London Central London SW1Y 4PE

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