Information

We welcome visitors to come down, play and try us out for yourself. You can visit up to 3 times before we ask you to decide whether or not you would like to become a member. Though people usually make up their mind before the fourth visit!
For the visits adults and students pay £5, juniors pay £2.50.

Please see our ‘playing standards’ table below to decide which session would be most appropriate for you to attend. If you remain unsure as to which night best fits your playing experience please contact the committee. We recommend visitors come down on a Friday first to join in the social evening and from there we can see which nights are suitable for future visits.

As well as the badminton, membership to Abbeydale Park Badminton Club includes membership at the on-site Abbeydale Sports Clubhouse Bar; giving you a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy a drink or food.

For more information on Senior membership, please see below. For information specifically for Juniors, including coaching and child welfare, please see the page on Junior Membership. For anything not covered here, please contact our membership secretary, Terry, using the contact form.

Fees

Subscription TypeDescriptionCost Per Month
Full MemberOver 1823.00
Day MemberPlay up until 16:3011.96
Student MemberIn full-time education, and under 2411.25
Junior MemberUnder 18, but not enrolled in the Junior Club coaching sessions8.33
Country MemberPlay rarely due to residential location7.36
Student Country MemberQualify for student member, but also play rarely due to residential location5.50
Family MemberOccasional play with child members4.00

How to Join

To join our club, please click the appropriate button below to visit Gocardless; our online subscription provider. You will need to complete the application form, after which you will receive a confirmation email with further details from the committee, once the application has been processed.

Please note GoCardless does not send out an automated email response to completing the application.

For Country, Student Country, or Family memberships, please contact us directly and we will discuss your requirements, and provide the correct link.

Feathers Fees

Additional Feathers fees are payable on nights when feathers are being used (Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays). These fees are in addition to the Visitor fee, if applicable. The feathers fee for this year is £3 per person, per night; this is to cover the extra cost of shuttlecocks for the evening which are provided by the club. The club uses high quality Yonex Aerosensa 30 feather shuttlecocks for all club nights and matches.

Please note that feathers fees for 2021/22 are currently being reviewed.

Club Rules

Member’s Website Section

Some information will be added to this site over time, which is only available to registered and logged-in members – such as AGM minutes, etc. Please click below to access this section.

Senior Club Information

APBC have always enjoyed a strong, active adult membership. We have adult players ranging from 18 to in their 80’s playing at all levels. Most organised sessions, where members can turn up and play with others, are during the evenings, but we do offer daytime and weekend availability for members to come down and play.

We have a range of evenings suited to different styles and different standards of play, which can viewed to the right of the page. Members can also play on the courts at any other time, as long as they’re not already booked – please check the court availability section first, before attending.

We encourage prospective new members to contact us before coming down so we can help you find the most appropriate day to suit your needs.

You can find definitions of our playing standards below but the best way to find out where you fit in is to come along one evening (Friday night is our suggestion), find a committee member and have a chat!

Playing Standards

StandardDescription
BeginnerHas never played before, or plays occasionally, and has little playing experience. Doesn’t know the rules well, and doesn’t know the court layout.
ImproverKnows rules and how to score, understands the court layout, can serve and sustain a short rally. Understands club playing rules (for example, the tag system).
Social PlayerKnows how to play and can serve and sustain a rally. Is able to play both backhand and forehand shots. Can score and knows basic court positions as well as apply some tactics. Is fit enough to run around the court to reach shots. Regular social players will also know club playing rules (tag system, etc), and will likely know who most people are, so they can pick balanced games.
Competitive PlayerA good standard of club player, and plays in one of the higher plastics teams, or is deemed good enough to play in a team (as may be determined by the committee).
Team PlayerIs a nominated player in one of the teams at the following levels: any feathers team, MP3 and above, LP2 and above, or CP3 and above.
Advanced PlayerPlays in a feathers team, or is a reserve for such a team, or plays at an equivalent standard (as may be determined by the committee)

DaySessions
MondaySocial / Competitive (plastics)
TuesdayAdvanced Players (feathers)
WednesdayTeam Practice (plastics)
ThursdayAdvanced Players (feathers)
FridayImprovers / Social Play (plastics)
SaturdayHall usually available for members to play
SundaySocial / Competitive (feathers)

DaySessions
Monday amIntermediate / Competitive (plastics)
Wednesday amIntermediate / Competitive (plastics)

A view of the badminton hall