Badminton is the fastest racket game in the world with the shuttlecock travelling at up to 200 mph, that's faster than the Eurostar travels!
Badminton was named after Badminton House in Gloucestershire, the home of the Duke of Beaufort, where games were played as early as 1863.
Northern Ireland players Sinead Chambers (2007 & 2008 UKSG alumnus), Tony Stephenson (UKSG 2007 Boys' Singles winner) and Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour (UKSG 2008 and 2009, UKSG Girls' Singles champion 2009) all played at the XIX Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Players can compete in a maximum of three events from Boys' Singles, Girls' Singles, Boys' Doubles, Girls' Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. In each home country players compete in school based competitions and club based circuits, ultimately aiming to be chosen by selectors to compete at the Games.
For information regarding the selection policy for Badminton at the Sainsbury's 2013 School Games, please contact Fern Gilders at Badminton England.