Stoke Panthers Badminton Club
Stoke Panthers Badminton Club is a mixed ability social club open to all LGBT players and their friends. There are currently about a dozen regular members. We are an inclusive club which welcomes all ages, standards and abilities from beginners to league players.
We pride ourselves in having a relaxed and friendly attitude to playing badminton. Participation involves playing doubles with all the club members, no matter what your ability is.
New members are always welcomed and there is no need to pre-book. Just turn up and ask any player to introduce you to the player running the group.
If it is your first time we will introduce you to the other members and get you familiar with the game.
Occasionally players from other LGBT badminton clubs who are in the area will come along and play with us. It provides an opportunity to meet new people, make friends, keep fit and have fun.
There is a social side too, with members meeting every few months or so for drinks and a meal together at a local pub.
Come along and join us! We play competitively but never take it too seriously.
LOCATION: The Gordon Banks Sports Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme College, Knutton Lane, N-U-L ST5 2GB
TIMES: Every Monday (except bank holidays) from 6.00pm-7.00pm (4 courts)
COST: £2 for 1hr
There is no charge for your 1st visit or to spectate and a one off membership fee (£5) on your second visit. Spectators are welcome to watch.
FACILITIES: Either bring your own racket or you can hire one from the sports complex. Alternatively we can lend you one-especially if you are unsure if you are going to enjoy the experience. Plastic shuttles will be provided.
WHAT TO WEAR: You should ideally wear sportswear you feel comfortable in INCLUDING NON-MARKING INDOOR SOLES.
Recent LGBT badminton touraments which the club has participated in
November 17th 2007-Outeverywhere Badminton Tournament-Manchester. (Bronze medal won by a member-presented by Mr Gay UK!)
May 10th 2008-Badminton Social Nottingham Competition.
June 28th 2008-Badminton fun day and night out with Manchester club.
August 23rd-25th 2008-Goslings London International Badminton Tournament.
September 13th 2008-Pride Games Badminton Tournament-Manchester. (Silver medal won by a member).
November 14th 2009- Birmingham Shout LGBT Badminton Tournament.
The Stoke Panthers Club have been invited and may be attending the Nottingham Badminton Competition 2010.
Date - Saturday 13th November
Time - 10am til 3pm - meet from 9:30am
Venue - the Sports Hall, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Nottingham, NG11 8NS (parking available)
World Outgames 2009 Copenhagen
Prague Rainbow Tournament- 1st May 2010
International Paris Tournament- 30th May 2010
Gay Games 2010- 31st July
Euro Games Rotterdam- 21st July-24th July 2011
Eurogames Budapest- 2012
Other LGBT Badminton Clubs
Midlands Out Badminton Club
Badminton Social Group
South Wales Gay Badminton Club