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Badminton added to Forever Sport offering for 2017/18 academic year

Bristol Sport Foundation has teamed up with Badminton England to expand its Forever Sport offering heading into the 2017/18 academic year.

Forever Sport harnesses the combined expertise and resources within the Bristol Sport stable of sports and external sporting bodies to provide a unique and comprehensive primary school PE and sports coaching programme.

The addition of badminton will see the delivery of the ‘Racket Pack’ programme, which has been specifically designed by Badminton England for primary school children. The rackets, resources and lesson plans are age appropriate to ensure that the lessons are fun and inclusive.

Programme manager Tom Monks believes the inclusion of badminton further underlines Forever Sport’s drive to inspire the next generation to enjoy playing sport and being active.

“Our partnership with Badminton England provides another dimension to our Forever Sport offer with badminton often appealing to a different audience to our core sports of rugby, football and basketball,” he said.

Claire Buckingham, Bristol Jets Badminton Community Development Officer said: “It's really exciting that Forever Sport now includes badminton.

“For many children, this will be the first time they have played and the Racket Pack programme allows them to learn new skills in a fun environment, creating a positive first experience of badminton."

Badminton will now be delivered as part of PE lessons and after school clubs, with Bristol Sport Foundation also working closely in partnership with Badminton England and Avon Badminton Association to create a 'Bristol Badminton Hub'.

Hannah Davis, Relationship Manager at Badminton England said: ‘’I am delighted to be working with Bristol Sport Foundation to add Badminton as a new primary sport within their Forever Sport offer, utilising our new primary resource Racket Pack.

“Bristol hosts a wealth of opportunities to develop badminton across all age groups, and we are fortunate to have delivery partners on board, working together in Bristol to increase participation and membership within the Bristol Hub.

“The projected impact will be substantial across the city, with the biggest growth in number of U11s playing and being inspired to join their local club.’’