7th February 2017
I’ve played since I was a kid. When I lived in Cumbria I played County until I turned 18. I had a break for a few years then started up again when I moved to Leeds.
I’ve been a member for two years. I found the team through the website and came down to training. Everyone was really welcoming and I got straight back into playing again.
It’s like an art! Moving constantly, understanding the person you’re playing with and against. The precision of knowing exactly what the right shot to play is. For fitness it’s fantastic. I use muscles I never even knew I had! And I genuinely love the game overall. I enjoy knowing I’m going rather than dreading the thought of a gym.
The variety. You get really good, competitive training. It gives you a really good chance to work on your game and play better together.
I love a good smash! However, I’ve been learning over the last few years how to move around and be in the right place at the right time. What I’ve found is a jumping drop shot is something I’m naturally doing more of.
At club night I get the chance to practice certain shots I want to improve. Work on my movement. So although I naturally want to win, I’d rather focus on improving myself. In competitive badminton, I just want to crush the opponent every time. I’m a very competitive person. And I’ll do everything I can to win.
I think the first season I joined Farsley I was asked to stand in for the rest of the season. Being out of the game so long I was worried I’d let the rest of the team down. But we did really well, so just being able to say I helped support and do the team justice was great. I’m sure this season will bring more though!
I can see how far I’ve come in the last two years. I want to ensure that I improve my accuracy, serve and general fitness to allow me to play to the best of my ability.
A huge amount, especially during match season. I play men’s and mixed so most weeks I’m doing at least 4 hours of badminton if not 6. I have also started running and I go to the gym to get some weights in. But badminton is the biggest contributor.
Extremely and yes.
Sam has improved no end since I first met him two years ago. He is a lot more in control of himself when he plays and I can see he listens to advice. Barrie also really helped me when I started as I was struggling with my serve. I just think as a team we all work really well together and always have fun. Which is the main thing (as well as winning)
Placebo, ‘Nancy Boy’. I think it describes me perfectly.
I don’t really have one. There are certain people I hate losing to. But I won’t mention names!
Who’s Palf? Oh, yea. I guess I admire how well he takes losing. It must be difficult when it happens so often!
Potentially a vampire. I have the skin colour for it!
I go to the gym and do a little bit of running. I don’t mind having a dance if I’m out at the weekend (that counts) but badminton’s the only one I really enjoy though!
An ice cold Strawberry and Lime Kopparberg!
More structure to training nights. It’s getting there. But instead of playing only matches. Maybe allocate one court to practising certain shots. I think this will improve people’s game and give them more confidence.
A nice hot shower and, if it’s a Friday, definitely a nice chilled glass of wine.