Pittville Badminton Club is a friendly, sociable and ambitious club, based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. We are an accredited Premier (Clubmark) Club and have something to offer junior and adult players of all levels of experience. We run weekly club nights for our members to play socially, coaching sessions (both for juniors and adults) to help players improve and arrange club socials and competitions. We also provide the opportunity for our members to represent our club in the local Gloucestershire Badminton League and in county junior competitions.
Sat 03 Oct 2020 17:45 Chris Travis
Hi Everyone. Unfortunately Pates Grammar School remains shut for external bookings so we've been struggling to get our Wednesday Junior Coaching session back up and running.
We've got some good news though. We've been able to secure access to courts on a Monday evening, at Cheltenham Ladies College (CLC) Sports Centre, until at least Christmas. So we will be setting up a session to run there instead. Although it means we have to switch days, the hall there is larger so it will make it easier for us to run social distanced sessions, as well as allowing us to increase the number of players at the session.
We are excited to be able to get a junior session back up and running on a week day evening and we hope that your child(ren) will be able to join us. You can find details about the session, including the registration form, at https://pittvillebadminton.co.uk/junior-coaching. Please note that sessions start on the 12th, not the 5th!
As usual, if you you have any questions then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Sat 12 Sep 2020 19:18 Chris Travis
Hi Everyone, I wanted to get in touch and let you know what we've made some small changes to our guidelines on how our junior sessions will run.
Firstly, a quick note to let you know that our sessions are unaffected by the recent announcement from the UK Government restricting social gatherings to a maximum of 6 people. This is because we fall under the exemption for organised sport as our sessions are run according to government approved social distancing guidelines.
BADMINTON England have changed their guidelines, increasing the maximum possible coach:player ratio from 1:5 to 1:15. However, players must continue to be split into groups, containing a maximum of 6 players. Our approach will be:
This change will benefit players as they will receive feedback from multiple coaches and it will allow our more experienced coaches to support our less experienced coaches. Coaches will take the necessary precautions when moving between groups.
When one of our coaches welcomes players at the entrance to the sports hall, we will tell the players which group they have been assigned to for that session. Once players have entered the sports hall, we are unable to make any changes to the groups. Therefore we would really appreciate it if you could please let us know if your child(ren) is unable to attend a particular session. This will enable us to rebalance the groups before the session to ensure that we don't have groups with awkward numbers.
Sun 30 Aug 2020 16:07 Chris Travis
A quick review on where we are at with getting our sessions back up and running. The following sessions are running. Note that they are all by invite-only and require pre-registration. Please check your email inboxes for details.
Senior Club Night - Tuesdays, Balcarras, 8-10pm
Senior Club Night - Sundays, Balcarras, 8-10pm
Beginner Junior Coaching - Sundays, Balcarras, 5-6:30pm
Intermediate Junior Coaching - Sundays, Balcarras, 6:30pm-8pm
Pates Grammar School are remaining closed to external lettings for the time being. Unfortunately that means we are unable to run the following sessions. We are trying to find alternative court time so that we can get them running again as soon as we can.
Junior Coaching - Wednesdays, Pates, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Senior Club Night - Wednesdays, Pates, 7:30pm-10pm
Fri 24 Jul 2020 22:55 Chris Travis
More good news - the sports hall at Balcarras will be reopening from Monday, so we will be able to get our indoor sessions going again. Obviously we will have to run sessions a little differently for the time being. You will also find that some sessions will have to change day, time and venue in the short term (Pates won't be reopening until September, at the earliest). Keep an eye on your email inbox for information on when and how sessions will run, and how to sign up for them.
Junior sessions are scheduled to restart on Sunday 2nd August. Details about how these sessions will operate are already available here.
Adult sessions will run according to these guidelines.
Wed 15 Jul 2020 00:23 Chris Travis
Good news! Although we've got to wait a little longer for the return of indoor sessions, we've been able to kick off outdoor Air Badminton sessions! These sessions use the new Air Shuttle, which is more resistant to the wind than normal plastic shuttles, and makes outdoor badminton more feasible. Want to join us for a hit? Check your email inbox for info on when the sessions are running and how to sign up. Sessions are run to the guidelines available here.
Sun 14 Jun 2020 18:49 Chris Travis
Hi Everyone, I hope you and your family are safe and well. It's been a while since I was last in touch, so I thought I'd post a quick update.
It looks like the earliest we will be able to start running sessions again will be in July. However, it's highly likely that it will be later than that. Although we are super keen to get back on court as soon as we can (and hopefully you are too!), we need to be sure that it is safe for us to do so. We have been closely following the updates from the government, public health bodies, BADMINTON England, and the venues that we use and we will only restart sessions when we are confident that we are able to follow the guidelines and restrictions that they issue. We've already been thinking about what changes we might have to make to our sessions in order to observe social distancing guidelines and mitigate additional risks. We will be sure to share these with you well ahead of restarting any sessions as we want players, and their parents, to continue feeling safe attending our sessions and will welcome feedback on any concerns.