About Disability Badminton
Badminton is a growing sport from disabled people, with opportunities to participate in clubs and socially. The ease in which disabled and non-disabled players can enjoy playing together is one of the major factors in the popularity of the sport. Badminton is truly a game for everyone, accessible to disabled players with any type of impairment. Disabled players participate in both mainstream and disability-specific clubs across Britain, enjoying both the opportunity to play and compete and the vibrant social scene that badminton is known for.
In disability badminton tournaments, there are minimal rule changes from ‘mainstream’ play. Wheelchair players and players in some ambulant classifications play ‘half-court’ singles. In addition, in wheelchair badminton the net is lowered by 15cm and the area in front of the service box is always out. Aside from this, the game is played with the same playing area, rules and equipment as the non-disabled game.
There is a growing programme of domestic and international competitions for players in a range of impairment classifications. The 4 Nations Parabadminton Series has annual championships in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales for wheelchair players, ambulant players, dwarf players and learning disabled players. There is also a full programme of international competition for players from these classifications organised by the Parabadminton World Federation. In addition, badminton is a core sport of the Deaflympics, with a full competitive pathway for deaf and hearing-impaired players. England has some of the world’s best disabled players: such as Rajeev Bagga (Deaflympics Mens Singles World No.1); Andrew Martin and Ollie Clarke (Mens STD7 Doubles World No. 1 pair); Rachel Choong (Ladies STD7 Singles World No. 1) and Gobi Ranganathan (Mens W3 Singles World No. 7). Parabadminton is growing in strength across Europe, Asia and South America as more and more disabled players take up the sport internationally.
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Tom Webster - Disability Manager
National Badminton Centre,