Badminton in Marburg, Germany

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  1. Victor92

    Victor92 New Member

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    Hi all!

    I just moved to Marburg, Germany not too long ago for my studies and was wondering if there is anyone playing badminton recreationally that I can join?
    I am around mid-beginner.

    Thanks!
     
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    Generally, clubs in Germany are very open to new players. Just go there, introduce yourself and they will tell you everything you need to know.
    I'm not from Marburg, but Google tells me there's one big club there called VfL 1860 Marburg that offers Badminton
    http://marburg-badminton.de/trainingszeiten
    It says on their website that everyone is welcome to check out the club for 2-3 training session. After that you have to join the club (8€/month) to continue playing. Seems like a good deal, especially since they offer training sessions 6 times a week
     
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    Thanks for the information! I will check them out as soon as I am free! My only worries is that I do not speak any German.
     
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    Forget your worries. There'll be quite a few people who can speak English sufficiently well. Just announce yourself beforehand via e-mail. A lot of Germans tend to be a little flabbergasted when they're unexpectedly confronted with the sudden need to communicate in a different language. :D
     
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    Agreed. That shouldn't be a problem.
    I don't think that is necessary. Writing an email beforehand is always an option but if it says online that everybody is welcome, I don't think that's necessary. The language barrier will not be an issue if you speak English.

    After having a look at their website, I'd say, "Don't write an email, just go there and enjoy badminton!"
    They also have a Facebook page if you prefer that, but just don't be scared and give it a try.
     
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    Of course, there's obviously no announcement required. It's just that some people feel more comfortable if they know what to expect. On the other hand, we're talking about Marburg. So they're should be enough students at the club who are more or less fluent in English. So @speCulatius ist probably right. Just go there and have fun. :)
     
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    To me the homepage sounds like they prefer to see you there without announcement/questions beforehand. Their FAQ is mainly about this, actually.

    Then there's probably gonna be enough students and of the few names I saw, one looked like a mix of European and Vietnamese names, so probably on the younger side too (below 30) and thus more comfortable with English. They're referring to Marburg as "student city", so they know where they are.

    I might be completely wrong, I'm just guessing, but what I read between the lines is that they prefer you to just show up unannounced.

    My experience is, that language is not a problem when playing badminton. I've played with Japanese who neither spoke English nor German and all I can say in Japanese is not related to badminton. It worked just fine. I've even trained children who only spoke Greek and math lectures is the closest I've come to learn that language. They made good progress. There's always a way to communicate.

    @Victor92 Just give it a try and don't worry about it!
     
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    Thanks everyone for the advice! I went down and played a few rounds with them and they were really friendly.

    I will probably join them officially the next time I am there.
     
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