Club Membership and Other Activities
A scale of Membership and Playing options exist at both the Club and Association levels. Details of these activities are shown below, together with an outline of costs you should be aware of, as you plan your playing activities. These start from as little as $5 per week, which makes your initial entry into our Club very easy indeed. We'd love to see you here.
Casual Membership (Club)
If you want try out the Club before committing further to regular play, you're first week would be free. If you then elect to stay on and attend Club Nights throughout the season, you can play as a Casual Member for $5 per week. However, there are benefits from being a Full Club Member, and you can change up to that at any point in the playing season.
Full Membership (Club)
Once you become settled in the Club, and your game is improving, you'll probably want to become a Full Member. This costs an additional $30 in addition to your weekly Club Night fee - and lets you participate in the Club's Handicap and Open Championships, which tend to take place during the middle part of the season. You can also then consider moving on to Interclub play.
Business House (Club)
When the regular playing season finishes in late October, the Club organises its annual Business House competition. This is open to all grades of Club members, folks from other clubs on the Coast, and even friends and acquaintances. It's purpose is to encourage new blood to try out competition Badminton, and to have some fun. Up to ten teams compete over a period of up to 7 weeks, and the team makeup is deliberately balanced, to ensure an even competition throughout. It costs $30 to take part.
Junior Coaching (Club) ... Currently Suspended (see News and Links page)
Run during Terms 2 and 3 at our Club venue, the Monday Junior Coaching sessions attract kids from 8-16 years, who're keen to learn the basics of the game, and move on to greater things. The sessions cost $3 each on a casual basis. These sessions are independent of any Badminton being played by the kids at College, or any involvement with holiday programmes run by SportsJam, but we know these all gell, to create a greater interest in players who'll eventually become our future.
Interclub & Horowhenua/Kapiti Champs (Regional Association)
The more Accomplished players take part in an Interclub competition between teams made up from the three Clubs in the Horowhenua/Kapiti region (Paraparaumu, Waikanae and Levin). Graded players take part ("A", "B", and "C"), and once again, team selection ensures that the games remain competitive. The cost's in the region of $40 for both Doubles and Mixed Doubles (and half of that if you only play in one). These events take place on Thursday nights, from June to August. The Horowhenua-Kapiti Championships run on after this, where pairings are made between the players themselves. In this event, the best are definitely keen to beat the rest, and take out the various titles on offer.
Representative Badminton (Regional and National Association)
The Representative Leagues are at the pinnacle of competition for Club players throughout the region and New Zealand. If you're good enough to compete at this level, then you already know a lot about what makes Badminton the fastest racket sport in the world. Speed, agility, skill, aggression and guile, all come together at this level. For several weekends throughout the season, Badminton trumps other social considerations, and these guys just accept the impact of playing at home and away for this extended tournament. The cost ? Well, the cost is what the cost is. End of story.