Flukey Feathers Badminton Club started off around the year 2000 with a group of friends playing badminton together and grew from it’s humble beginnings at the 2 Riversmeet Leisure Centre in Christchurch. We later moved to Winton Boys School (now the Glenmoor and Winton Academy) and came up with our unusual club name. We wanted to be different and not name our club based on the location of our town or venue.
In 2004 we decided to affiliate the club to Badminton England to help ensure it’s continued success.
In 2005 we moved venues yet again to Avonbourne Girls School (now called Avonbourne Academy) and have made this our home ever since. We also use the Roy Moore sports hall in the boys section of Avonbourne Academy, (previously known as Harewood College and before that Portchester School). Both schools along with the new junior school and new sixth form, are all part of United Learning. The Roy Moore sports hall is still fairly new and was part funded by Badminton England, to the tune of £150,000.00 as it was the home of the Bournemouth Performance Centre (Badminton England’s local performance training group).
We entered our first team in the league circuit in 2006 and now have eleven league teams in four local leagues.
Founding and only remaining original club member Russell Clarke, still runs the club and is also the head coach, having gained his level 1 coaching certificate in 2006 and achieved his level 2 coaching certificate in 2015.
Over the years we have run various special events, including a taster day to coincide with the 2012 Olympic Games, previously, an annual tournament against Sunnyside BC from Bridgend in Wales, Summer sessions for children and more recently charity sessions in support of Macmillan Cancer Care. In 2016 we also started a new annual tournament in memory of our very much loved player Rovi Jongco, who sadly passed away a week after suffering a massive heart attack at the end of a game. To date we have paid for two defibrillators which cost around £1,000.00 each from the proceeds of the tournaments. Sadly we have not been able to run this tournament for the last two years, due to Covid, but we hope to be able to resume in 2022.
We are now looking at the next phase in our story, which is to become a premier club (Badminton England’s equivalent to a ClubMark Club) and to start a junior section.