Young people across Wales are getting the chance to get up and active through Badminton thanks to a donation by Badminton Wales.

The national body has donated 100 racket sets to help keep families fit and healthy and says they want more people playing their sport in an informal way, using balloons, string and anything else young people can find. Provided to the national sports charity StreetGames, the rackets are being distributed through trusted local sports organisations across Wales.

The sets have been distributed across various local authorities in North Wales, Pembrokeshire, Torfaen and Merthyr, provided to young people by StreetGames network of Doorstep Sport clubs – local community organisations which seek to improve young peoples’ lives through the power of sport.

The move forms part of Badminton Wales drive to increase interest in the sport and keep young people active and entertained, and supports StreetGames’ #SportHelps campaign – a national effort to provide alternative ways for young people from disadvantaged communities to stay active at home in the absence of regular sports sessions.

The #SportHelps campaign - through partnerships with sporting organisations, community groups and businesses - is helping young people and their communities by providing resources, supplies, and advice to improve mental and physical wellbeing during the current pandemic.

Lauren Thomas, Us Girls Wales Coordinator for StreetGames, said:

“This donation has made a real difference and has helped us to get kids active and created new opportunities for young people to come together and enjoy sport. In Treharris they have now set up a Badminton all girls session, every Tuesday. The staff and young people are in the process of setting up a mini competition for provision in Merthyr Tydfil.

It has been such a positive outcome as the girls had no other session to attend, they created the Badminton Club themselves with support of the youth staff.”

Genevieve Cutter, from Badminton Wales, said:

“We’re thrilled to see the racket sets being utilised in such a positive way – badminton is a great grassroots sport, and our fundamental aim is to get more individuals playing! To see kids setting up their own clubs is a real triumph, especially in such challenging times. What we hope is that everyone who picks up a racket can have fun at whichever level, whether that’s playing with friends, entering beginner tournaments, or enjoying time with their family. If players want any more resources or support, our development arm (Shuttle Time Cymru) is there to cheer them on.”