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.
- 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.