This year’s club sees massive increase in interest for badminton at Swansea

THE badminton club looks set to become one of the most popular participant sports at Swansea University following an extraordinary number of new members signing up at Freshers’ Fayre.

Existing members of the team welcomed new students at the two day Freshers’ event in which they managed to sign up around 170 students.

The badminton team setup consists of three men’s teams and three women’s teams, therefore assuring a vast array of  students the chance of competitive games in BUCS competitions.

However everyone is made to feel welcome in the excellent social training sessions on Friday evenings.

The club hires out half of the sports hall every week so that every single member of the club can train and more importantly socialise with the other players, which could be the reason behind the huge popularity and enthusiasm for the sport this year.

Alice Palmer, who has been a member of the club for three years and takes the position of Women’s captain this year, appeared overwhelmed with the rise in members this year.

Palmer said: “I was really shocked with the large amount of people who signed up this year.

“Because over previous years people usually only join if they already play at a high level so I was happy to see that the club obviously is appealing to everyone.”

Men’s first team captain Sam Gorell echoed Palmer’s words and is confident ahead of the start of the new season.

“I feel with all the new members the first team has become a lot stronger, I believe we can win our league and get promoted back to where we should be.”

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