Glenearn Badminton Club
This article was published by Badminton Scotland on 24 March 2016.
Glenearn Badminton Club, Perth, has reinvented itself from a club with just a handful of members in 2009 to become Perth's largest badminton club.
The Club has a long history and has been known by various names. It was formerly known as the badminton club of General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation, Norwich Union Badminton Club and Perth Nomads Badminton Club.
Back in 2008, when the Club was known as Norwich Union Badminton Club, it had one team in the Perth & District Badminton league and made full use of four courts at its once a week club nights. The Club took a blow when in the summer of 2008, its home sports centre was closed. With a lack of available court space in Perth, the best the club could secure was two courts in a local school.
All three members of the Club's Committee resigned for different reasons and left the Club. The switch to a smaller venue with lower quality facilities lead to an exodus of members and some club nights saw as few as two players attending!
The new Committee decided not to give up but instead took concerted steps to rebuild. At the heart of these efforts was a view that the Club should welcome all adult badminton players, regardless of their ability. That remains the Club's philosophy today.
Membership numbers slowly increased as new members were attracted through advertising in a local newspaper and on a local radio station. A Club website was launched for the first time and this has proven to be the strongest source of new members. And when news of a new community campus was announced, the Committee saw the opportunity to move to a brand new venue.
Progress with the new centre was monitored closely and relationships with key people were formed. The Club's Chairman and Treasurer were among the first to view the new facility and the Club was the first block booking to be confirmed at the new centre. That is when the club's name was changed to Glenearn Badminton Club to reflect its new home, Glenearn Community Campus.
With a website and a new venue, the Club has gone from strength to strength. In the 2015/16 season, over 80 different players have attended club nights. There are now two club nights every week, one of which runs all year round.
Three teams now compete in the Perth & District league and for the 2015/16 season, two of the teams were in Division 1. For the first time since 1981, Glenearn A lifted the Campus Cup in 2016. And three of the clubs' league players are playing an important part in rejuvenating junior badminton in Perth as coaches with Perth Junior Badminton Club.
Despite the Club's success, the Committee is not complacent and recognises the need to continue to attract new members. With that in mind, in 2015 the Club was launched on both Facebook and Twitter, and continues to look for new ways to promote the Club and badminton in the region.