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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 August 2005, 09:36 GMT 10:36 UK
Get involved in badminton
Get involved in badminton
Badminton is one the world's fastest racket sports - with the shuttlecock traveling at speeds of up to 200mph.

It requires quick reflexes and is a highly aerobic sport which is great for fitness.

Such is the speed of the shuttle, players have to possess superb reflexes to keep it in play.

It is estimated that players cover anything up to four miles in a match, thus making stamina and agility key to success.

Rallies last far longer than in tennis - about 10 shots more on average - and the shuttle is in play for roughly double the time.

The best way to find out where to play is to get in touch with your national badminton association who can direct you to your nearest club.

Use the links on the right-hand side, or try your local sports centre.

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