Littlehampton Badminton & Squash Club offers members the opportunity to enjoy a range of sports and social activities. We are based within the town in Littlehampton. The main sports are badminton and squash, but we have a growing group of table tennis players and an increase in the number of people playing racketball. In addition, the The club runs social events throughout the year, ranging from barn dances to quiz nights to shuffleboard evenings. Keep an eye on the Social Events tab OR Social Events notice board at the club.
In the last five years, the Club has, with the support of Badminton England, achieved major investment from Sport England to enable the rebuilding of the badminton hall to make it one of the best in south-east England. We have also refurbished our squash courts and have added heaters to two of them allowing play throughout the winter. The club now has excellent disabled facilities, comprising of a toilet and shower room and a stair lift from the ground floor to the lounge upstairs. The Club encourages members to play both socially and in teams, which compete in local leagues. There are regular club nights and morning clubs for all abilities to enjoy their games. To find out what sessions we run, click the 'Club Sessions' tab in the menu above. The Club has worked with Badminton England to achieve “Clubmark” Premier Club status, and has plans to follow a similar route with England Squash & Racketball. We are the centre for the Community Badminton Network, promoted by Badminton England, which aims to get more people playing the game. We welcome anyone who would like to play to come along to see the Club and try the facilities. Please contact us, details are on the left of the website, to arrange a suitable time.
In the 1920's there were three badminton clubs in the Littlehampton area which were; Littlehampton Badminton Club (Wick Hall), Arunside Badminton Club (Church Army Hall) and Howard Badminton Club (Wick Hall) In the early 1930's all three clubs started making use of a 'Roness' building in River Road which had started life as a hangar on Rustington aerodrome. The building was preferred mainly because of its high roof but being business premises the situation was not ideal and members of the clubs began to consider the provision of a purpose built facility. In 1937 the Littlehampton Badminton & Squash club was formed, the site in Sparks Court was purchased and new premises were constructed consisting of a three court badminton hall, two squash courts and changing and social facilities. The new premises opened on 3rd October 1937 and an exhibition match was played in which the great England badminton player, Mrs Uber, took part. The premises are believed to have been the first purpose built badminton facility in Sussex. During the 1939 to 1945 war, the badminton hall with its maple wood sprung floor (laid only a week before war was declared) was famous for dances on Wednesdays and Saturdays which were attended by between five and six hundred people including American and Canadian servicemen who waltzed and quick-stepped to Harold Jacob's Band. At that time the club was managed by Colonel Cowie who kept a stern eye open to ensure that only club members got to the upstairs bar and the stock of alcohol which was then in short supply. In later years the club has been used for staging various events including music, amateur boxing, and snooker exhibitions - the latter including players of the calibre of Ray Reardon and Alex Higgins. In the early 1980's a third squash court was added to cope with the increasing popularity of the sport and the number of squash playing members. In recent years the club premises, in particular the badminton hall, had been showing signs of its old age. However, in 2007 the club made an application for grant aid and was successful in obtaining over £300,000 from Sport England which enabled a full refurbishment of the badminton courts. A further grant aid from Sport England of over £80,000 in 2008 allowed for refurbishment of the changing rooms and provision of disabled facilities. Today the club provides facilities for badminton, squash, table tennis, darts, pool and hosts other social and recreational events. It is still recognised as one the premier badminton clubs in West Sussex with a strong junior badminton and squash membership and excellent coaches. Future plans include continuous development of the membership numbers, raising the club's profile, refurbishment of the squash courts, and improvements to the social facilities.