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    Quote Originally Posted by RacquetChat
    Yo mates -- thanks for the thoughtful replies. I'm going to take off my flame-retardant-suit now. Phew!

    I know VanLawn is inaccessible to most people because of its fees. Most of my baddie friends can't even justify VRC fees.

    I sit on a number of badminton committees, and the sad thing is there is limited access for kids in the lower mainland. I started a low-key and kid-friendly website for my son and his friends to talk about badminton, and one of our goals at vanlawn is to work with other groups to increase access for kids. In North America, it's an uphill battle. But after seeing my son totally take to badminton, it's worth it.

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    Thats good you are working to give kids more chance to play, but then how many kids can really afford to play at VLT, many kids can't even play at VRC. But if you can create a facility with low rates offered only to kids, then it would be great!

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    oh yes, and you can wear any colour outfit on the VLT courts as long as it's white...

    as with most private clubs, the VLT, Arbutus Club and Hollyburn offer much more than a specific sport. the facilities have a long standing tradition rich in Vancouver history and can offer a family much more recreational opportunities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmashingBird
    Thats good you are working to give kids more chance to play, but then how many kids can really afford to play at VLT, many kids can't even play at VRC. But if you can create a facility with low rates offered only to kids, then it would be great!
    Hey SB -- just to clarify:

    1. we want to increase access for kids at ALL centres, or create new centres, or improve access through schools, tournaments, etc. It's the big picture we're after.

    2. VLT has an awesome "guest-of-pro" program.

    My apologies to the thread author for hijacking the thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by RacquetChat
    Hey SB -- just to clarify:

    1. we want to increase access for kids at ALL centres, or create new centres, or improve access through schools, tournaments, etc. It's the big picture we're after.



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    That is a good idea, but how abouts are you guys going to do this? Will VanLawn be sponsoring in anyway? I think it is very hard to get funding from the government as there isn't a big enough support from people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmashingBird
    That is a good idea, but how abouts are you guys going to do this? Will VanLawn be sponsoring in anyway? I think it is very hard to get funding from the government as there isn't a big enough support from people.
    Well, "we" don't know yet. It's not a VanLawn project, but should be a concerted effort by badmintonBC, the school boards, etc. And I completely agree, there is no funding from government.

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    this is where the rubber hits the road, and reality sets in. in spite of all good intentions, school boards are a reluctant lot, and badminton is not high on their priorities. badminton bc, as much as they would like are shackled with lack of funding and resources. even if they did, coaches from various sectors will rarely come to any agreement.

    good luck in the quest...

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    Yes, the coaches only look after their own pockets .

    Quote Originally Posted by badrad
    this is where the rubber hits the road, and reality sets in. in spite of all good intentions, school boards are a reluctant lot, and badminton is not high on their priorities. badminton bc, as much as they would like are shackled with lack of funding and resources. even if they did, coaches from various sectors will rarely come to any agreement.

    good luck in the quest...

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    Default I have some question

    I have some questions:

    1. Does anyone know if there is a cheap place to play badminton in Richmond? I wish I can have a good place to train my skill.
    2. Does any badminton club in Richmond?How do I get involve?
    3.Where can I learn badminton in Richmond?
    4.Can anyone tell me? For single and double match, which line is out when you serve the bird?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selow
    I have some questions:

    1. Does anyone know if there is a cheap place to play badminton in Richmond? I wish I can have a good place to train my skill.
    2. Does any badminton club in Richmond?How do I get involve?
    3.Where can I learn badminton in Richmond?
    4.Can anyone tell me? For single and double match, which line is out when you serve the bird?
    1. I think the cheapest places to play are the community centre.
    2. Try "richmondbadminton dot com" and "clearonebadminton dot com" (I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post url here.)
    3. Clear One has badminton lessons.
    4. For single match, always the long court. For double, short court for service purpose, long court for the rest of the time.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selow
    4.Can anyone tell me? For single and double match, which line is out when you serve the bird?
    For single serve: longer and narrower; for double serve: shorter and wider...

    Hope you get what I meant.

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    Yeah if you want to go cheap you should go to rec center drop ins. Around $5 to get in to play.

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    try www.richmondbadmintonclub.com
    clearone is a good place to train

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    How many people are on the waiting list?

    Quote Originally Posted by SmashingBird
    try www.richmondbadmintonclub.com
    clearone is a good place to train

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete LSD
    How many people are on the waiting list?
    0 for sundays i think...

    you can always dropin for 7 bucks

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