Supporting the younger generation

Funding level: Up to £1,000


Mansfield Junior Badminton Club was started over 30 years ago and is based in Mansfield Woodhouse in Nottinghamshire. The Mansfield area has suffered significantly over recent years with the demise of its traditional industries and, as a consequence, has high levels of poverty and health issues. Deprivation indices are significantly higher than the national average and over the period 2010 to 2015 the Mansfield neighbourhood showed the 6th largest percentage point decrease nationally.
The Club is run by a small group of dedicated volunteers who provide a fun and safe environment for children, boys and girls, between the ages of 7 and 17 to play and enjoy badminton. The Club has Premier Club Mark status, accredited with Badminton England and Sport England and gives children of different ages, backgrounds and abilities an equal opportunity to learn how to play and develop skills in badminton. Badminton is a very disciplined sport and participation helps instil and improve social skills and the values of respect, dignity and integration with others.
Membership is currently around 60 and the children come from Mansfield and the surrounding Districts. The mix of ages and circumstances makes MJBC a lively, vibrant, pleasant and enjoyable environment to play badminton. All coaches and volunteers are vetted with Badminton England (the sport’s governing body), Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked and are trained in Emergency First Aid and Child Protection and Safeguarding. All players are also registered with Badminton England who provides insurance and safe practice guidance.
MJBC is a club for the Community, bringing families together and helps provide a sense of belonging. Parents and children co-operate with the Club’s aspirations and work with each other to organise and participate in club activities. Players are “proud” to play for “their” club and to be identified as being part of one of the best junior badminton clubs in the county.
The Club has a very high reputation in the County badminton structure with club players regularly receiving awards from the many local, regional and national competitions at which they participate. Some of our talented players have achieved full county honours and a few have gone on to represent England over the years. One of our ‘old boys’ is Chris Adcock who has just represented Great Britain at the Rio Olympics as well as winning a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and a silver medal at the 2015 European Championships. On the few occasions he is able to return to the Club he is a great inspiration to everyone.
The Club aims to:
• Encourage children to participate in a healthy, sporting activity and to learn the disciplines needed for fair play and social integration with others in the community.
• Help all players learn and develop the skills of badminton to achieve their best through competitive play at local and higher levels as well as having fun, improving fitness and developing self-confidence.
• Promote the ethos of sportsmanship through the sport of badminton.
• Encourage the older children to take leadership and coaching courses.
• Improve the quality of playing and coaching by the introduction of ‘Performance Cells’.
• Increase the number of volunteers and give support to achieve relevant qualifications.
• Continue to pass on and support talented players in the County development squads.
• Keep member subscriptions to a minimum to make it affordable for local families.
• Maintain and increase membership by providing taster sessions in primary schools and leisure centres.
• Continually refresh and replace club stocks of rackets and shuttlecocks.
We are constantly trying to fundraise to help sustain the Club and the AVIVA funding will help significantly in achieving our objectives. Asking parents to contribute more is difficult and runs the risk that some children would be forced away from the club.
We hope you consider our cause worthy of an Aviva award.

Mansfield Junior Badminton Club

Moment of Pride

This project is in the heart of the community and run by dedicated volunteers who care about children and their health and welfare. The volunteers are also very keen to develop the sport of badminton so that it benefits local youngsters and raises aspirations in a highly deprived area of England.

Location: Mansfield