Workplaces Raised a Racket in Badminton 4 Macmillan Week

34 County Sport Partners recently supported a successful Badminton 4 Macmillan week jointly delivering 36 events.

Badminton England were delighted with the superb engagement and support from County Sports Partnerships through the workplace challenge programme.

The events successfully achieved their aim of reaching into a new audience, predominately female, whilst raising vital funds for Macmillan. Over half of participants involved in the events were female and just under half of all participants did not play Badminton regularly with a large proportion taking the opportunity of these events to return to the court, having played Badminton in the past. Work is now underway to ensure those returning to the sport continue to play.

Social media engagement has been unprecedented and reached new heights for any Badminton England campaign, in particular on Twitter using #raisearacket; Facebook adverts alone have reached 343,410 news feeds and have been shared 360 times, 40% above expectations

One of the events organised by Sport Birmingham, in partnership with Bidgley Power and supported by Badminton England, the event saw 32 people from organisations including Atkins, Cundall, Hozelock, Deutsche Bank and Katie Bard Recruitment take to the court, getting active, making new business connections and raising an impressive £258.00 in the process.

Lucy Williams from Katie Bard was playing in a competition for the first time and managed to come away with the bronze medal: "Having never played badminton before, my colleague and I discovered a new found love for the sport!

"It was such a well organised event and catered for all levels. We are now in pursuit of joining clubs locally to us as we had so much fun, and all for a great cause!"

Amy Bird, Investment and Development Manager at Sport Birmingham was delighted with the success of the event: "The badminton event was fantastic and it was great to see so many new players out on the court, many of whom indicated that they would like to continue participating and to raise money for Macmillan was the icing on the cake.

"We are currently in the process of finalising our calendar of workplace sporting activities for 2016, as part of the national Workplace Challenge programme and we hope that we can engage with even more businesses in Birmingham, getting them away from their desks and becoming more active."



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