PHOENIX Badminton Club are making big efforts to rise again.
They play on Tuesday nights at The United Healing Church (formally the YMCA building) in Milnsbridge and are proactively trying to recruit new members.
Initiatives include a new website and a poster campaign – which are already paying dividends.
The club’s roots date back to 1978 when they were known as Meltham Badminton Club, but then in 1987 they approached ICI, David Browns and Slaithwaite to join forces and Phoenix was formed.
In recent years, due to various reasons and like other clubs in the Huddersfield Badminton League, membership has reduced, so they are now hoping to significantly raise their profile to keep the club viable.
Martin Tidbury, a member for 25 years, has used his interest in web design to construct a Phoenix website, giving information about the club with links to other badminton-related sites.
“The site, although very new, is being viewed and players are requesting information and are coming to the club to play,” he said.
“It was important for me to make the site usable for all, hence the links to relevant badminton information like the coverage in the Examiner, local badminton league site and junior badminton provisions.”
Another member, Christian Brook, implemented the novel idea of dual-purpose posters to be displayed in the district.
They let readers know about PhoenixŠ and have detachable strips with the web address and telephone contact information for those interested to take away.
All club members have taken posters and put them up in the community.
The ladies have also been out and about recruiting, with Julie Scott, Jo Barrow, Carol Moir and Debbie Jackson (along with Julie’s husband, who is also a player) going to the Kirklees Independent Social Badminton session at the Huddersfield Sports Centre (each Sunday).
They introduced Phoenix as a friendly club who are seeking members and encouraging players to visit them to play, and some interested people are doing just that. Rhonda Smith, who found out about the club through one of the posters, made contact using the information strip and went to Milnsbridge this week to see for herself.
And another new player, Scott Riddle, was directed from the Kirklees website. Both players enjoyed getting involved and are set to become members of the club.