Thorpeness Badminton Club launches appeal after being left homeless twice in five years

Thorpeness Badminton Club is appealing for help in finding a new home

Thorpeness Badminton Club is appealing for help in finding a new home - Credit: PA

A Suffolk sports club which has been left homeless for the second time in five years has sent out an urgent plea to the community to help them find a new home.

Thorpeness Badminton Club, which has been running for over 30 years, was required to leave its original home in the resort’s sports and social club five years ago when the land was sold by its owners for residential development. It has since been required to leave its replacement home at Alde Valley Sixth Form in Leiston after the site was vacated by the Alde Valley Academy.

The club’s 30 members, who range in age from 10 to 78, including the men’s division one team, could face losing their place in the Ipswich and District League with no courts to host matches.

Club secretary Stuart Girling said: “If we can’t get somewhere sorted quickly we will have to pull out of the league.

“Considering there’s seven divisions in the mens league and we are division one, that would be a depressing situation.


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“It’s the general uncertainty. If we could get somewhere quickly we would be overjoyed.

“It’s not a massive club but we are all quite a close-knit bunch. It’s more of a family than an association.

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“We can wait a little while. We can sit things out and but ourselves some time with the league but ideally we are wanting to go somewhere as quickly as possible.”

The club is currently meeting on an ad hoc basis at Leiston Leisure Centre, but with no guarantee of availability on a week-by-week basis.

A sports hall with evening availability would be ideal, but badminton can also be played in barns or agricultural buildings as it is possible to buy matting marked out as a court.

The club would be willing to consider any building large enough in the Suffolk Coastal area and is keen to hear from anyone who might have an under-used indoor space which it could hire.

If you can help, contact Mr Girling on 07905 116491 or email club chairman Graham Wetrup on westy2111@btinternet.com.

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