Durham University Badminton Elite Squad consists of approximately fifty players with equal numbers of men and women. Squad members are selected during trials held at the beginning of the Michaelmas term. During term time, the squad members train on court three times a week and also participate in additional fitness training sessions. Before the beginning of Michaelmas term the squad members also take part in a fortnight of intensive pre-season training.
The Elite Squad enters our 3 women’s teams and 3 men’s teams into the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sports) Leagues. The BUCS league matches are played every Wednesday and provide the squad members with an opportunity to play competitively at a national level while representing Durham University. For the 2019-2020 season our teams will be playing in the following leagues:
Women’s 1sts - Northern Premiership
Women’s 2nds - Northern 1A
Women’s 3rds - Northern 2B
Men’s 1sts - Northern Premiership
Men’s 2nds - Northern 2B
Men’s 3rds - Northern 3B
In addition to the weekly BUCS league matches, a number of select members of the Elite Squad also enter the BUCS Individual Championships. This is an annual event held across a weekend in Epiphany term. Badminton players from British universities compete in all disciplines of the game (men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles). As well as an opportunity to play badminton, the weekend also offers an enjoyable social experience and an opportunity to support fellow squad members.
The Elite Squad also enter teams into tournaments in the Durham area.