The TCBC Juniors Division is based at Thornden School in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire. We welcome all kids age 8+, from all schools and all levels.
How it works
Beginners and new players start on Wednesday nights or Friday nights. As players improve their skills and techniques, they are invited into one of the more challenging groups held on Mondays. Although this isn’t a rule, it seems to turn out that Wednesday nights are for year 7 and up. Fridays sessions are aimed at introducing Year 5 and 6 players to badminton.
Usually, we run an annual membership, however, since COVID, we’ve been running sessions of 5 to 6 weeks which correspond roughly to school half terms. This membership fee covers the cost of hall rental, professional coaching fees, shuttles, other equipment (including racquets), and Badminton England affiliation fees (including insurance cover). Fees are non-refundable. If you join halfway through the session, membership fees are reduced on a pro-rata basis.
|Mondays||4.30-6.00 pm||Silver group|
|Mondays||6.00-7.30 pm||Gold group|
|Wednesdays||5.30-7.00 pm||Bronze group (Beginner)|
|Fridays||4:30-6 pm||Primary group (Beginner)|
During term times only.
The role of parent helpers
Each session must be supervised by two adults. Our coaches are DBS checked and will run the coaching session but we look to the parents of our players, if they can, to sit in on a session occasionally, on a rota basis. The parent helper’s duties are light: you read an information sheet about what to do in case of an emergency, then, typically, you watch, read a book, or get caught up in paperwork. Going back over the years, we’ve had no emergencies, and the parent enjoys some ‘me’ time.
In the past, we have tried many different ways to entice/bribe/reward parents to sit in on the occasional session. We have found the best way to guarantee participation is by offering reduced membership fees to those parents who help out. If you can’t make your own child’s session, you are welcome to sign up for any of the other sessions. Please sign up using the parents’ rota if you can help out.
It works out to £5 a class, paid (roughly) 6 weeks at a time, at the beginning of each half term. Membership fees are reduced on a pro-rata basis if you sign up partway during the half term.
10% discount for each additional sibling.
How to join
Membership is allocated on a first come, first served basis to beginners in the Bronze and Primary sessions. The other sessions are by invitation or trial. If you want to try us out before joining, call Sue at 02380 267717. To register as a member, complete a membership form by clicking here.
Payment for fees can be made by cheque or direct bank transfer. Bank transfer information is given on the registration form. If possible a bank transfer would be preferred as this significantly reduces the administration time involved. If you join halfway through the term, membership fees are reduced on a pro-rata basis.
Bank transfer info: Sort Code: 40-17-42, Account: 11391623,
Thornden Community Badminton Club. Please put your child’s name (s) as reference.