Thank you for your interest in joining CUBaC! If you have the talent and motivation to be in the team, then we want to see you play!
CUBaC holds trials for the Main and Development Squads in week 1 of Michaelmas term. This year they took place on Saturday 24th October 2020, and again on Saturday 24th October (for those in self-isolation).
If you have missed the Michaelmas trials, please get in contact with a captain who may be able to offer you an individual trial.
Otherwise, there is still a thriving College League for you to get involved in!
How will COVID-19 affect the club's activities?
We have recently been given permission by the University Sports Service to return to play under the latest Badminton England and government guidance. This allows full-format badminton (singles and doubles) with some restrictions in place regarding mixing within a training group. Therefore our training can take place more-or-less as usual, however our league competitions (BUCS and South Cambs League) remain suspended until at least January. Under current government guidelines, our social calendar will have to be adapted quite considerably.
Our COVID-19 risk assessment and safety policy are on our documentation page.
Am I eligible to join CUBaC?
Club membership is open to all students of the University of Cambridge. We base our requirements on the BUCS eligibility requirements, upon which eligibility for the Varsity Match is also based. Unfortunately we do not have the training space to accept university members who are not eligible for BUCS. If you are uncertain about your eligibility, please don't hesitate to get in touch and we can read the small print together.
What's the standard like?
The Main Squad is a competitive standard - we have teams in both the BUCS league and the local South Cambridgeshire league (see competition). Most of these players have played badminton regularly for several years, at county level or similar. The Development Squad is aimed at those with potential to progress to the Main Squad - these players tend to be strong College league players who have previously lacked formal coaching.
How often do you train?
The Main Squad's weekly training programme includes 2 coached on-court sessions, up to 3 off-peak sessions, and coached strength & conditioning training.
The Development Squad is for those who are almost at the standard of the Main Squad. This group trains on-court once per week on Saturday mornings and is also invited to our shared strength & conditioning training (although while COVID-19 limits the capacity, Main Squad has priority for this session). See training.
What competitions does CUBaC compete in?
The Main Squad has a men's and a women's team in BUCS, which both compete in Midlands 2B. We also have a men's team and mixed team in the South Cambs League, both in the Premiership. However, the most important fixture of the year is the Varsity Match against Oxford! See competition.
The Development Squad does not compete for CUBaC, however many members compete regularly in the College League.
What does club membership include?
Club membership is almost all-inclusive. The yearly Main Squad subscription fee of approx. £180-200 includes all court, shuttle, coaching, transport and match expenses for 2.5 terms of badminton. While this may seem high, remember that many badminton clubs do not include shuttles, matches or transport in their membership subs. This fee is subsidised significantly by the University and it would be impossible to play as much badminton as cheaply elsewhere in Cambridge.
The yearly Dev Squad subscription fee is approx. £80, and includes all court, shuttle and coaching expenses. Even excluding the strength & conditioning session, this is less than £5 per 2-hour training session.
Subs fees do not include personal equipment, playing kit, restringings, or socials, although we make every effort to keep the cost of these down.
Note that many Colleges offer further bursaries to their students towards their university sport expenses.
What about more casual badminton in Cambridge?
If you are a beginner or casual player, we recommend getting involved in college-level badminton instead. Colleges often have open club nights for casual play. There is also the College League and the Cuppers tournament, administered by CUBaC. To find out more, get in contact with your College captain.
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