Badminton England has revealed that a brand new, tiered National Team League, capable of supporting hundreds of clubs, will be launched in January 2021, following a successful feasibility study.
The ‘progressive’ pyramid league will follow the established team league structures seen in other sports that allow lower level teams to aspire to, and achieve, greater success.
With an aspirational top ‘premier’ division and multiple lower divisions, the National Team League will offer regular ‘home and away’ competitive opportunities for Men’s, Women’s and Mixed teams of all abilities, accommodating additional matches for existing local league teams as well as a huge boost to grass roots badminton by welcoming new teams from clubs, universities, workplaces or groups of like-minded individuals.
Each tier of the National Team League pyramid will play to a consistent matchplay format and scoring system, set nationally.
Seasonal promotion and relegation will enable any teams to climb the leagues and aspire to be in the top division with the national champions representing England in the European Club Championships.
The new national league pyramid is deemed a crucial next step in Badminton England’s ambition to inspire more players of all abilities to play more often and discover more competitive opportunities.
It will also enhance the competitive opportunities of our network of over 1,400 clubs nationwide.