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MORPETH Riverside Leisure Centre is offering a fun and friendly way to get into badminton.

No Strings Badminton is a fresh, new initiative that makes it simple and extremely sociable for more people to welcome the benefits of badminton back into their lives, as they can simply grab a racket and head out for a spot of convenient on-court action.

Whether you want a fun solution to fill your free time when the children are busy swimming, drop shot your way to a lower dress or jeans size, or simply catch up on court with friends for a gossip and a laugh, you are welcome to give the sessions a go.

There are no membership fees, no contracts or hidden clauses to tie you down.

The Morpeth Riverside sessions will open up pay-and-play opportunities for adults of any age or ability to turn up and have fun on their own terms.

Karen Davison, Co-ordinator at Morpeth Riverside Leisure Centre, said: “The whole point of No Strings Badminton is that you’ll get to meet other like-minded people on court, have fun while getting fitter and improve your playing skills, whether you come alone or rally around your friends.”

With a co-ordinator hosting every session there’s a guaranteed playing partner on hand each week and you can also join the No Strings Badminton social circle at www.nostringsbadmin ton.co.uk

This will serve up prizes and promotions as an incentive to get involved.

More than 4.4million people play badminton in the UK once a month and it is the sixth largest participation sport in the country, ahead of tennis, cricket and rugby.

An estimated 750,000 people who do not currently participate express a desire to play badminton, of which more than 50 per cent are female.

Lynsey Edwards, Regional Officer, added: “With no need to book in advance and with equipment provided, Morpeth Riverside is making it as flexible and affordable for Morpeth’s population to get active and back on court at times that fit their busy schedules.”

The regular No Strings badminton sessions are taking place on Mondays between noon and 1.30pm and Wednesdays from 7pm to 8pm – both £3 per session.

For more information, telephone Karen on 01670 514665.

Ponteland Leisure Centre is already running these sessions on Mondays between 11am and noon and Tuesdays from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. These are also £3 per session.

For more details, telephone Adam Roberts on 01661 825441.