No Strings 'need to knows' for badminton novices.
Here at no strings badminton, we've become a bit of a dab hand at catching butterflies in the stomachs of a whole host of no strings novices taking the plunge to get back on court for the first time.
That's why we've put our heads together to come up with a handy list of the top 5 ''need to knows' to put your mind at rest.
It's a badminton court, not a catwalk.
Wear what you're comfortable in. So what, if its not the latest sports gear or brand name. If you are happy in your jogging bottoms or decorating t-shirt then head to court in it.
We've had players turn up in leggings, bermuda shorts, baggy tops and even a right royally retro headband but we haven't called the fashion police yet.
...but I haven't played badminton for years
Don't panic. Even if you aim and miss for a few minutes (and trust us, it happens all the time) you will get back into the swing of things. That's why no strings sessions are suitable for all abilities and all ages.
And if it takes a little longer, all our friendly session co-ordinators are trained to give you hints and tips to improve your game. (sadly, we can't guarantee they will make you London 2012 ready though?!?).
I've got noone to bring along to a session
We know it's no fun playing alone so here's the great news. We can guarantee there will be a playing partner happy to head onto court with you at every session.
And if that's not enough, well just head across to Facebook, find the fans page of your session and see who's chatting. We love Facebook, its soooo good to see who's turning out at each session before you arrive.
Non marking trainers rock our world
Our session venue caretakers are proud people and they just love their polished floors just as they keep them!
Jimmy Choos or not, you don't want to suffer the wrath of a caretaker scorned so get yourself a cheap pair of simple non marking, clear rubber souled trainers. They needn't hit you in the pocket either.
what happens in that first ten minutes?
Whether you come alone to meet like minded people or bring your friends along for a giggle, gossip and a light hearted game, let the extremely approachable no strings co-ordinator know who you are.
The coordinator - they'll be the one getting people talking - will quickly team you up to get on court then offer tips and hints to make the most of the session.
At some sessions, there's also a lovely little ice breaker exercise to start off the banter between members.
(Ah, trust us... that instant feeling of relief you're now enjoying is almost as refreshing as the rush after your first hour of no strings fun... ALMOST!)