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Badminton

Played at the highest standard, badminton is the world's fastest racket sport. The shuttlecock can reach speeds of 200 mph.

But it's also the easiest for parents and children to enjoy together.

And it's a perfect game for setting up a net in the garden and having a go.

Most sports centres have courts and some run badminton evenings and clubs.

And there may be local clubs run from the church hall or community centre.

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Table tennis

A fast and skilful sport that requires good hand-eye co-ordination.

Most sports centres have tables and there are lots of clubs and junior leagues across the UK.

England
The English Table Tennis Association website has information on leagues and coaching.

Or try for details on a range of games designed to teach children racket skills while they're having fun.

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Squash

An intense game that requires good hand-eye co-ordination and fast foot movement.

Many sports centres across the UK have courts. And there are plenty of private, and more expensive, clubs.

England
England Squash has all the information you need on clubs and coaching.

Remember to check out the Unsquashable Junior Skills Awards.

Young people are assessed on their ability to complete a range of skills.

They don't even need a racket to complete the one star award, which includes activities as simple as throwing the ball against a wall, letting it bounce and catching it again.

It also runs a SupportTeam programme for recruiting and supporting volunteers.

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My kids could do more. They're more into 'Angelina Ballerina' than the rudiments of 4-4-2 formation. But there's time. I'm careful not to force the issue.
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