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Our club is one of Canterbury’s longest standing badminton clubs, having been formed on the 4th December 1973, thanks to Mr Rex Cosgrove, the Waimairi County Council Community Activities Officer.
Through Mr Cosgrove’s representation to Council, the club was granted the use of the Fendalton Community Centre hall on two nights of each week – Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Council further agreed to supply nets, standard and fittings, and storage space for equipment, as well as meeting the cost of materials necessary for marking out the courts.
The opening night, Tuesday 26 February 1974, saw a gratifying attendance of 32.
In 1975 the club applied to be affiliated to the Canterbury Badminton Association, and in 1977 the first Club Championships were held.
1981 saw the club move to the Rangi Ruru Girls’ School gym and the first official newsletter was published. Over the years the club has also played at the Middleton Grange gym, Wharenui Stadium, the College of Education gym and the Westburn School hall.
In 2020 we moved to our current venues, Zhu Badminton Centre and Rangi Ruru Girls’ School.
The club has long been known as one of Canterbury’s friendliest. In the 80s and 90s a huge variety of social nights and away trips were conducted with great success.
We continue the tradition of the annual Club Champs tournament to this day.
In recent years we pride ourselves as being welcoming to players of any skill level and we’ve done our best to make games as fun and balanced as possible, with our very own custom matchmaking software.
Most of our present committee members have served the club for a number of years and we are hugely grateful to all the past and present members who’ve contributed so much to the success of the club.