Dinefwr Park summer badminton development sessions

Posted by Lucie Gwilt at 10:08 on 9 August 2016

After the success of last year’s sessions at Newton House (Dinefwr Park, Carmarthenshire) Badminton Wales and the National Trust are working together again to deliver free badminton sessions to all visitors at the house.

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Sessions will be held outside in the grounds, however there will also be a court set up in the dining room of Newton House. There is evidence that the family who had lived there would have played badminton in the dining room when the weather was too bad to play outside. We at Badminton Wales thought it was a great way to recreate social history and also to promote our sport and being active; we were delighted for the opportunity to get on board with such an innovative project.

The courts are open everyday throughout the summer, however Badminton Wales Development Officer, Angela Stevens will be there on selected days to lead sessions.

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Angela Stevens, Badminton Development Officer for South Wales, said,

“Delivering badminton at a National Trust property such as Newton House is an exciting opportunity for us to engage with people and families that may not have played badminton before. It gives us the opportunity to showcase badminton as the fun family game it is. We have a variety of equipment that allows everyone to participate from a 2 year old up to 80 plus. We also have an outdoor badminton area where visitors can just have a go.”

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The sessio ns were well received by visitors with one parent commenting,

"My youngest daughter never participates in sport but today we played badminton when we arrived, then after touring the house she asked if we could go back and play more badminton because she really enjoyed it. It’s great because it’s something that we can do as a family. I am now going to go and book a court at our local leisure centre in Carmarthen so that we can all go and play badminton together."

Laura Edwards, National Trust Sports Partnership Manager, Wales commented,

“It is fantastic to see families and people of all ages and abilities picking up a badminton racket, getting active and enjoying themselves - it really has allowed us to offer something new at this property that has never been done before.”

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The indoor and outdoor badminton sessions will be held in the grounds everyday throughout the summer.

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National Trust Twitter Handle - @NTactivewales