It seems that even after so many years the UK market for badminton is tiny. The big chain stores such as JJB and Sports Direct only sell the low end rackets. If you want high end you have to then find a small Yonex dealer who is out of the way and may still not stock high end rackets. Then there is the lack of choice. Its Yonex, Carlton, Wilson or Head. The later 2 not being popular at all. I understand that the far east market is saturated as the best players in the world are from there but has the UK just given up on the sport? It seems from the early days on international tournaments that the far east countries won so much the the UK just gave up. I know there are places online you can get Victor, APACS etc. but i find the clubs i have been to and go to now have never heard of them. Everyone there really has a low end Yonex or Carlton. I've been to a couple of Badminton England affiliated clubs but even they ended up closing. Even there the best players who could go further were not using best equipment. I have found here a lot of places will only use plastic shuttles because of costs. Even the woman who runs our club only uses AS10's which she says she buys in bulk for £12 a tube!!! You can get much better than that for less. Its only since i took along a few tubes of Yang Yang shuttles that the AS10s came out. Everyone was happy to use plastic all the time. One guy even said he was afraid to use them for ruining them! Another said he just can't hit feather shuttles. So thats Badminton and how small the market is here. What about other sports? I don't think its just badminton, its a lot of sports. Look at the Tennis, no Brit in the final since 1938! Thats insane, I know there are always one or 2 top players in the game at one time who seem to be there year after year but it never seems to be a Brit. Apparently another £50million is going to be pumped into sports. Is this going to be a government quango to say everyone is a winner and its the taking part that counts. Of course its not, winning is everything. Apart from in England where i can name you more losers than winners. I remember a lot of my friends at school who were really good at various sports but were never given any encouragement. I was part of my primary school football team, one time i remember defending and made an inch perfect tackle and i was only 11. The coach then told me it was dangerous for me to do that. Dangerous to make a tackle, now as an 11 year old i feel i get in trouble for playing the game. Sports day even became a farce. Each year my house lost, we saw the others running around the field with the trophy and didn't get upset. We were determined each year to win. In my final year we did win My brother is 2 years younger and at the same school. After i left it seemed to go nuts. The sports were no longer sports, they were stupid games, kicking a ball so far then running with a giant beanbag between your legs. How does that help someone who run fast or a good relay racer? Now its the PC brigade who say you can't upset kids. I'm sorry but if someone is no good at something don't tell them they are as good as anyone else. On the flip side don't tell the amazing kid its not all about winning. I enjoy playing badminton, i got into the sport late so was never going to be a pro but i would like to join a Badminton England club to take it a bit more seriously as for me its not just a hobby while i am young, i'm gonna play for years. I have found one in Reading where i am going to Uni but thats just it, i have found only ONE!. Its a massive university town and within any sensible distance there is only one affiliated club. Any thoughts on either subject?