All of our sessions are open to players of all levels of ability. Players may be divided into sub-groups at the session based on ability level in order to ensure balanced games and to enable social distancing where necessary.
Goslings London uses the following levels, consistent with other European LGBT+ badminton clubs and tournaments:
Beginner: no prior experience, learning to execute and receive basic badminton strokes, e.g. low serve, smash, drop shots.
Lower intermediate: good ability to execute and receive all badminton shots with some control, rudimentary use of tactics.
Upper intermediate: strong and consistent ability to execute and receive all badminton shots, good control of the shuttle, solid tactics employed.
Advanced: mastery of all shots, strong technical ability and control, advanced tactics employed.
County level: mastery of all shots, exceptional technical ability, advanced tactics employed.
Games are played to 21 points, using the standard badminton scoring system.
Our doubles nights typically operate a pegboard system to ensure that everyone gets a fair number of games.
Session capacity is limited to ensure that attendees get an adequate number of games, and to allow for social distancing where necessary.
Equipment and dress
Players should bring their own racquet. Racquet hire may be available at some of our sessions: please email us in advance if you require this.
Shuttlecocks are provided at all of our sessions.
All players are required to wear appropriate sports kit, including shoes with non-marking soles.