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Wheelchair badminton is still a relatively new and growing sport and will be introduced to the Paralympics in the 2020 Tokyo Games. The game is played on a badminton half court for singles, and full court for doubles. The main difference is that in all levels of the game the front service line to the net is always ‘out’.
Where to play
Badminton can be accessed at most local leisure centres with a sports hall. Sports halls commonly have badminton court markings, nets and posts, and courts can be booked by the general public. To find an accessible venue take a look at those signed up to the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI).
There are also numerous badminton clubs across England that offer badminton inclusive of players with any disability or impairment, and a small number of wheelchair specific badminton clubs, have a look at the Badminton England website for details.
From a safety point of view, it is essential that players have sports wheelchairs with rear and front stabilisers in order to prevent chairs from tipping backwards. No other adapted badminton equipment is required.
A Paralympic Sport
Badminton will make its debut at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Main picture: Martin Rooke, from Berkhamsted who will be representing ParalympicsGB in Japan.