Badminton Tournament

Mar 11, 2024

Next time you’re a bit bored on a Sunday morning, instead of making that extra cuppa to take back to bed, you could instead don your trainers and get yourself down to Wonford Leisure Centre. Each Sunday, one of our delivery partners, Inclusive Exeter, host a weekly badminton session for people of all standards, ages and nationalities.

The group regularly attracts over 30 attendees, and recently celebrated its success with its first ever badminton tournament which Live and Move was only too happy to support.

The two-day event took place at the end of February on a particular grey, dreary weekend. Inside the leisure centre however was anything but, and the event whistled by in a haze of energy, excitement and incredible food!

Participants represented eight different nationalities, but the badminton group regularly attracts more than that. The group was set up and is managed by Inclusive Exeter with support from Live and Move to support diverse communities in the city to be more active and to socialise with others. It’s been active since 2021.

Hamid Hakimi, 16, moved to the UK from Afghanistan at the age of two. He has been a resident of Exeter ever since.

Hamid, who attends St James High School in Exeter, says he enjoys the sessions.

He adds: “They are enjoyable and vibrant and there is always a diverse group of people. I was introduced to the sessions by my father and after attending once, I was captivated by the experience.”

Physical activities coordinator at Inclusive Exeter, Mahsin Mahbub said that groups such as this are a positive way of bringing people together.

She added: “Far too many people in our communities feel isolated and are lacking community support. Physical activity is a wonderful way of bringing people and communities together, and each week we see people from lots of different nationalities playing sport, having fun, and becoming friends.”

The badminton group is free to attend and meets at Wonford Leisure Centre between 12-2pm every Sunday. Everybody is welcome.

Find out more about Live and Move’s work with Inclusive Exeter, by watching our short film here.