The club is made up of a diverse group of high school students. Games have a way of bringing people together. As a English as a Second Language teacher, I activtely promote this club for my students as a way to be involved in the school community. As a result, we have students from over 10 different countries.
This badminton club provides a safe and welcoming environment for students to be active and make new friends.
It also allows them to be involved in the school without the stress and pressure of a formal team. No experience is needed and the students with more experience help the newcomers.
What I love about this club is that it is student driven. It was started last year by a 9th grader. She advertises and promotes this club in her classes. Once students started hearing about how much fun others were having, they started showing up. Students are the referees and there are no fights about play. It is definitely my favorite time of the week.
Badminton is a fun and easy to learn game. It can bring students together by creating a community atmosphere. It gives them a connection to the school, boosts their self-esteem and is great for stress relief.
Right now, I have been buying all the equipment or borrowing from the physical education department.
The rackets are old and are always breaking. I have several of them taped up, but the strings are coming undone. We don't always have playable rackets for everyone to participate. As the club becomes more popular, more students are having to wait their turn to play. With this money, I will be able to purchase more durable rackets and shuttlecocks.
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