Badminton is one of RGU's longest standing sports clubs, having been founded in the 1990's, back when the University was still the Robert Gordon Istitute of Technology. In its early years, the club was fairly small and focussed its efforts playing locally, rarely venturing outside Aberdeenshire.
In the early 2000's the team was welcomed into BUCS, with some good local experience behind them they enjoyed a strong start, storming into the top league. However, as the team experienced sporting successes, the social side of the club faltered, leading to fewer sign ups. Low club attendance coupled with the graduation of some of the teams strongest players led to a gradual drop down the ranking, as teams waited for new competitive talent to arrive.
From around 2012 onwards, female participation in the club increased and a balances competitive team emerged. Success on the court led to a dramatic increase in memberships, both male and female, as both experienced players and first timers were attreacted to a club which promised both competitive matches, and a welcoming social environment.
Now, we strive to encourage all players of all abilities to join our club so they can continue improving their badminton skills. At current time we have only a first team, but are looking to expand for local and BUICS leagues. With annual opportunities ranging from playing at the BUCS Championships in Sheffield to Scottish Student Sport Championships and our Aberdeen Student local leagues, ther is many an opportunity for competition. This is an exciting time for new members to come along and improve their game to show there is more to university life than attending liectures. Speeaking personally, no matter beginner or advanced player, this is a time to become part of a team who will become your friends of life. Once part oof a team, we make it our job to ensure your time at RGU is a good one when spent with this club. No matter what your ability, we as a cluib will welcome you with open arms.
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