Play badminton in Fethiye and Seydikemer
Did you know you can play badminton in Fethiye and Seydikemer?
The group is open to all levels of experience, from those who have never played before to member who have been playing for many years.
It’s a healthy and fun way to meet new people.
There are spare rackets available.
Nominal fees apply.
If you would like to join the group, they meet as follows:
The group meets every Tuesday from November to April/May from 10am to 12 noon. They meet in the old hall that is part of the Fethiye Gençlik Hizmetleri ve Spor İlçe Müdürlüğü by the Tuesday market.
For more information about the Fethiye group please message Sue Saunders
In Seydikemer, the group meets all year round – every Friday from 01:30pm to 03:30pm.
They meet in the Seydikemer Sports Hall next door to Anadolo Lisesi school.
For more information about the Seydikemer group please message Joyce Smith
Badminton has its origins in ancient civilisations in Europe and Asia. The ancient game known as battledore (bat or paddle) and shuttlecock probably originated more than 2000 years ago.
In the 1600s battledore and shuttlecock was an upper class pastime in England and many European countries. Battledore and shuttlecock was simply two people hitting a shuttlecock backwards and forwards with a simple bat as many times as they could without allowing it to hit the ground.
Modern badminton can be traced to mid-19th century British India. It was created by British military officers stationed there. A net was added to the traditional English game of battledore and shuttlecock.
Initially, woollen balls were preferred by the upper classes in windy or wet conditions, but ultimately shuttlecocks took over the role of a “ball.” This game was taken by retired officers who got back to England. It was introduced as a game for the guests of the Duke of Beaufort at his stately home ‘Badminton’ in Gloucestershire, England where it became popular. Hence, the origin of the name “Badminton.”