President: Tom Davies- email@example.com
Durham University Badminton Elite Squad consists of up to 30 men and 30 women, who are selected during trials held at the beginning of the Michaelmas term. During term time, the squad members train on court at least three times a week and also participate in additional fitness training sessions. Before the beginning of Michaelmas term the squad members also take part in a fortnight of intensive pre-season training. Freshers may also be invited to the second week of pre-season. Please contact the president for more details.
The Elite Squad enters six teams into the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sports) Leagues. The BUCS league matches are played weekly (on Wednesdays) and provide the sqaud members with an opportunity to play competitively at a national level while representing Durham University. The Women's First Team currently plays in the Northern Conference 1A. The Women's Second Team plays in Northern Conference 1A, while the Women's Third Team compete in Northern 3B. The Men's First Team plays in the Northern Premiership, while the Men's Second Team plays in Northern Conference 3B and the Men's Third Team compete in Northern 4B.
In addition to the weekly BUCS league matches, the Elite Squad also enter the BUCS Individual Championships. This is an annual event held across a weekend in Epiphany term. Badminton players from Birtish universities compete in all disciplines of the game (men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles). As well as an opportunity to play badminton, the weekend also offers an enjoyable social experience and an opportunity to support fellow Elite Squad members.
The Elite Squad also enter teams into local leagues in the Durham area, and encourages members to enter graded national tournaments throughout the year.
The University Badminton Club also oversees the inter-college league & cup competitions, and provides coaching for college players at a development squad session once a week.