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Badminton in Suffolk

The history of Badminton

Badminton originated around 2000 years ago, in ancient Europe and Asia. The game was called ‘Battledore and Shuttlecock’ and was played with a paddle – battledore. The idea was to keep a cork stuffed with feathers – shuttlecock, in the air for as long as possible.

Early forms of badminton were played in India and England.  It’s claimed that John Loraine Baldwin, a sports and games rules enthusiast, and friend of the Duke of Beaufort, wrote the first standardised rules for badminton whilst visiting Badminton House in 1868.

Key dates

  • 1883 – a book entitled Lawn Tennis, Croquet, Racquets etc included 10 pages describing Badminton as ‘Lawn Tennis played with shuttlecocks instead of balls’.
  • 1893 – The Badminton Association was founded in Southsea – the first worldwide governing body for badminton.
  • 1934 – The Badminton Association of England and The International Badminton Federation (the global governing body) were founded.
  • 1963 – RAF Honington hosted the first Suffolk Championships.
  • 1966 – Badminton first appeared at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games.
  • 1972 – Badminton appears as a demonstration sport at the 1972 Olympics
  • 1992 – The sport makes its full debut at the 1992 Olympics.
  • 1979 – Nora Perry and Suffolk’s Jane Webster were Ladies’ Doubles Champions at the first World Open Tournament at the Albert Hall in London.