Badminton is played on a special court using a racquet and a shuttlecock or birdie.
Badminton is a fast paced sport combining speed and agility with a number of technical strokes. Great for fitness and fun and one of the activities for kids that can be enjoyed in the backyard during school holidays and weekends!
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Are your kids bored with tennis?
Do they want to try something a little different? Badminton is another racquet sport which is played on a court with a net and it might appeal to kids who are looking for an alternative to tennis. Kids can play in singles or doubles, and choose to either play on a proper indoor court or informally in the backyard or at the beach. As well as being fun, playing badminton can help kids to:
- Increase their fitness
- Improve hand eye co-ordination
- Develop tactical thinking
- Make new friends
- Increase self- esteem
If kids are playing in the backyard it is a good idea to make sure there is enough space and any tripping hazards are removed from the area. Badminton can be enjoyed by kids of any age who are able to grip and swing a racquet, but formal badminton tuition generally begins at around 4 or 5 years of age. It’s an activity that the entire family can play, so it presents a great opportunity for parents to spend highly enjoyable quality time with children.
How can you organise Badminton lessons and matches for your kids?
Do you want to get your kids started with badminton? There are a few options for this fantastic kids activitiy including joining a badminton club, hiring a court, and players hitting a shuttlecock around in the backyard. Formal tuition is probably a good idea at the start, so kids have a basic understanding of the different strokes which include:
- High serve
- Low serve
- Flick serve
- Drive serve
- Drop shots
Other important things to learn include footwork, correct grip and the rules of the game. Fun badminton activities for kids include ‘wild birdies,’ ‘blanket badminton’ and net play. Badminton has been played by families in backyards around the world for decades. Playing badminton can be fast and fun so why not let your kids give it a try?