Phoenix Badminton Club

JOIN Phoenix Badminton as a Club Member or a Day Member.

Club Members

Phoenix Badminton Club is one of only a few feathers clubs still remaining in South Yorkshire.  Club nights take place all year round on two courts on Tuesday and Friday from 7.00pm to 10.30pm.  During the Winter period some of these nights include matches but the Club night still runs on one court until 9.45pm when the match takes both courts.In the 70ís and 80ís the club ran as many as 5 teams in the Rotherham Feathers League when some of the best players in Sheffield were members of Phoenix.  The Mixed team were League winners for 10 consecutive years.  Unfortunately the Rotherham League slowly petered out at which point we joined the Sheffield Badminton League running 7 teams at its peak.  As of today we run a Menís Feathers, a Menís Plastics and a Mixed Plastic team.  But with more members we could again increase the number of teams playing in the league.

The annual subscription is £41 for a workís member and £46 for an associate member.  Junior members (under 16 years) are 50% of the above fees.  Membership also entitles the holder to preferential prices in the bar.  Not sure if this is for you Ė come down for three nights as a guest and try us out.

Day Members

 Suitable for groups and individuals who prefer to play during the day or at weekends.  Subscriptions are the same as Club Members but you will supply your own shuttles.

INTERESTED?  Contact Brian McMillan on 01709 516231 for further details.

History of the Club

The origins of the club were very much a product of the steel industry.  Badminton started to be played on just 1 court at Phoenix Hall on Sheffield Road, Icles where the original Bessemer Converter steelmaking site was based.  Complete with its own hospital, garage and railway engineers, it was a small town in its own right.

Steel Peech & Tozer was the local company which manufactured Carbon & Alloy Steels at that site and also rolled, forged and fashioned various steel products on the Ickles and later Templeborough and Brinsworth sites.  Steel Sections for use in the building and pit industries, along with numerous products for the railway defence and motor industries were all produced.

During the 50ís and 60ís Phoenix Sport & Social Club expanded and centralised its main activities to the Brinsworth Pavilion just off Bawtry Road.  The club continued to expand the scope of its activities eventually having an excellent 18 hole golf course and, at its peak, also catering for over 30 sports from Table Tennis through to Aerobics and Crown Green Bowling.  During the 80ís and 90ís the club was renowned for its weekend dancing entertainment which included frequent visits from Victor Sylvestor Senior and later his son with many private/family parties and wedding receptions taking place.

The Badminton Club grew from strength to strength and moved to a new sports hall with 2 courts at Brinsworth in the early 70ís.  It then shared the sports hall with many other sports including Boxing and Judo.  Its traditional heartland based in the Rotherham League expanded to include the Sheffield League and for many years ran a junior club which fed a number of excellent players through to Yorkshire and the Junior England squads.



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