Here are a couple of tips that could potentially help increase your club membership, whether it is an adult or a juvenile club or both. Get in touch with Badminton Ireland if you plan on running an open night, we can help with promoting the open night/club as well as offering advice.
Contact your local schools
Due to our Shuttle Time programme more schools are playing badminton making them a good source of players for clubs. Hold an open night, inviting any children who would like to try badminton to attend with the aim of getting them to return and become members. Contact the schools to find the best way to promote the club to both the school children and parents.
If your local school hasn't heard about our Shuttle Time programme but would be interested you can direct them to our website or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Advertise Advertise Advertise!
Make up flyers and posters with the club's details, ask local shops, community halls, the local parish, corporate/business parks etc. if they would advertise or give out the flyers. If there is a local newspaper/newsletter, contact them and ask if they would include your poster in one of their editions. Social media is a great and free way to advertise, set up a Facebook page, Twitter account, connect with the county badminton association, the branch and Badminton Ireland. Drum up interest for your page by also connecting with local residence pages, Local Sports Partnership and ask them to help promote your club/open nights/recruitment drive.
New players/beginners generally are interested in learning how to play badminton so why not organise a coach to coach the club as a whole or to coach groups who are interested. When new people are looking for clubs to join they generally look to see if there is active coaching. For a list of BI licensed coaches click HERE.The Teicnic resources are also available online for clubs/individuals to download, a qualified coach can assess players should they wish to progress through the levels.
Have a look at the Starting A Club page, it will give you guidelines on the different aspects of a club.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the Club Development Officer at email@example.com