Asia is the home of the badminton elite. Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia and, of course, the all-powerful Chinese dominate world badminton and this Asian dominance means massive exposure for the sport in the Hong Kong media, and huge interest in badminton amongst the local public. Private and public sports facilities across Hong Kong generally now include multiple badminton courts, and there is a growing number of badminton clubs providing a competitive environment, meaning that there are more children of all ages, as well as adults, using badminton as a competitive sporting activity, family entertainment, social sport and as a means to keep fit.
HKFC has truly excellent badminton facilities: an eight-court hall with a newly-laid, state of the art floor; excellent training and fitness facilities; as well as multiple outlets for dining and refreshment. In addition, HKFC boasts world-class badminton coaching talent and a wide range of playing levels, from social to national-level, for all age groups. The Badminton Society continues to recruit exciting, top-quality players to its ranks as it focuses on raising the badminton profile of HKFC in Hong Kong and in the region. The Society’s near-term goals include:
- Development of representative teams to participate in competitive leagues and tournaments in Hong Kong and across Asia;
- Provision of top class coaching for young players of all ages and levels, from beginner to national standard;
- Creation of an exciting environment in which both children and adult Club Members can learn to play and improve their badminton skills;
- Providing a structure and organization to facilitate and encourage Club Members to play both social and competitive badminton on a regular basis.
The Badminton Society has its weekly club night on Fridays from 8.00pm to 10.30pm and a Sunday morning session from 10.00am to 1.00pm. The team squads and aspiring team members meet on Thursdays from 7.00pm to 10.00pm for coaching and practice, this time also being used for the assessment of potential new talent. Junior coaching takes place on Friday evenings and is divided into ‘Development’, ‘Advanced‘ and ‘Elite’ sessions, led by HKFC’s own world-class coaches.
In addition to the regular tournaments and competitive matches already played with other badminton clubs and organizations, the Club also hosts an annual interclub competition and junior competitions. The Club Badminton Championship is held annually, with categories for singles, doubles, ladies’, men’s, mixed and seniors’, and there is an annual Junior Club Championship. The Club also has a Men’s and a Mixed team in the HKBA League this year.