St Gabriel's Badminton London SW1
Last updated: 13th October 2010
Read the news on our results in the recent GayGames VII & Out Games I:
Welcome to St Gabriel's Badminton Club Website!
We are a well-established and competitive badminton club playing in the heart of London. We are a predominantly gay club but welcome players and supporters from all walks of life.
Our members are made up of all nationalities and are mainly men. We have just started a mixed team however thanks to a recruitment of some great female players from Middlesex county. We are always looking for experienced players or those who are looking to improve their game in a fast-paced and enthusiastic club (Although we are currently full and not looking for new members, if you currently play at County 1st team level or above, we'd love to hear from you). We do not discriminate on grounds of race, sex, religion, belief, sexual orientation, age or disability and accept members purely on standard of play.
[Standard of Our Members]
The standard of members ranges from strong club players to county level players. Please note that we are unfortunately unable to accept beginners due to the court restrictions we have. If you would like to come down for a trial, please e-mail us to arrange a suitable visit. Generally, most of our members have played junior/senior county (and some national level - even two Commonwealth team players!) badminton and prospective members should currently be playing at that level.
Although we play competitively, the social side of the club is paramount and we all know how to have a great time off court. We organise periodic social events including nights out clubbing, barbeques and our Christmas parties which sometimes includes cabaret provided by the players. Check out our News and Photo Gallery sections.
[Tournament & Leagues]
We currently have 5 teams entered in London league competition - Two teams in division 1 and division 6 of the Middlesex County Men's League, one team in division 2 of the Middlesex County Mixed league and two teams in the Hammersmith & District League Men's league - both in division 1 (we have won Division 1 of the Men's 6 for six out of the last seven seasons, our second team coming third in 2009/10 season). See our results pages to see how we are getting on this year. We also compete in many overseas tournaments and arguably have the best record of all the gay clubs in the UK, if not Europe.
[Club Night & Fees]
Club nights are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. We play home matches on Sundays or have a club session depending on the week. Annual membership for the year is £125 (or £13 per month if you join mid-way through the year) and club fees are £5 per night for members and £8 for non-members. Match fees are £8 for home matches (including food) and £5 for away match fees. We play with quality feather shuttles and use the "Rally Point Scoring" system.