Ponteland Leisure Centre: No Strings Badminton

Ponteland Leisure Centre are all set to provide a fun, friendly alternative to the traditional forms of fitness when they launch all new No Strings Badminton sessions from Monday 12th September.

No Strings Badminton is a fresh, new initiative that makes it simple and extremely sociable for more people to welcome the benefits of badminton back into their lives, grab a racket and head out for a spot of convenient on court action.

Whether you want a fun solution to fill your free time when the kids are busy swimming, burn off those cheeky Friday night pints with the lads, drop shot your way to a lower dress size,  or simply catch up on court with your pals for a gossip and a laugh, Ponteland Leisure Centre now offer sessions to reshape your social life.

The beauty of No Strings Badminton is its simplicity.  There are no membership fees, no contracts or hidden clauses to tie you down.  The Ponteland sessions will open up ‘pay and play’ opportunities for any adult of any age or any ability to turn up and have fun on their own terms.

Phil Hall, Coordinator at Ponteland LC told us “The whole point of No Strings Badminton is that you’ll get to meet other like minded people on court, have fun whilst getting fitter and improve your playing skills whether you come alone or rally around your friends”.

With a co-ordinator hosting every session there’s a guaranteed playing partner on hand each week and you can also join the No Strings Badminton social circle at www.nostringsbadminton.co.uk, which will serve up prizes and promotions as an incentive to get involved.

Lynsey Edwards, Regional Officer added “With no need to book in advance and with equipment provided, Ponteland are making it as flexible and affordable for Ponteland’s population to get active and back on court at times that fit their busy schedules”.

And until November you can turn your court time into cash.  From now until 30 November 2011, anyone getting on court at 1 No Strings Badminton session can automatically enter a prize draw for the chance to WIN £500.  In addition, the more times you attend between 1 Sept 2011 and 30 Nov 2011, the more times your name gets entered into the cash prize draw.

As an extra incentive to join the growing ranks of regular players ahead of London 2012, the No Strings Badminton team at Ponteland are also offering a free branded sports t-shirt in a colour and fit of choice.  The free branded sports t-shirt offer is open to anyone attending 6 or more No Strings Badminton sessions in the weeks leading up to 30 November 2011.

Ponteland LC are running regular No Strings badminton sessions on Monday’s between 11am and 12pm and Tuesday’s 4.30-5.30pm both £3 per session starting week beginning 12th September 2011.  Check out the website www.nostringsbadminton.co.uk for more venues in the local area.

No Strings Badminton.  It’s right up your street.  For more information, do not hesitate to direct all press contact and enquiries to:

Adam Roberts, Ponteland LC on ( [ (01661) 825441 ]

Notes to editor – No Strings Badminton: vital statistics

1.  No Strings Badminton runs on a franchise model with over 80 venues running sessions nationwide in 2010 .  Times and dates of sessions can vary from location to location.

For wider information on the national initiative, please contact:

Andrew Mitchell – Marketing & Communications Manager, BADMINTON England

01908 268442  /   andrewmitchell@badmintonengland.co.uk

2.  Over 4.4 million people play badminton once a month – Badminton is the 6th largest participation sport in the country, ahead of tennis, cricket and rugby.

3.  Over 991,500 adults play badminton at least once a month with over 530,000 getting on court at least once a week.

4.  There is demand for badminton with an estimated ¾ million people who do not currently play expressing a desire to play badminton, of which over 50% are female.

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