The Bad Mittens

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The Bad Mittens

The Bad Mittens are (unsurprisingly, by the name) a badminton group based in Leeds. We’ve a really mixed membership base, crossing a range of age, gender, sexuality and other demographics who engage with our sessions. We usually meet three times a week, either at Armley or Morley Leisure centres.

What is the goal / dream for your club?

"We added our 2nd & subsequently 3rd weekly session in 2019, so we’re looking forward to increasing the number of sessions in new locations across Leeds once we restart after the pandemic is in hand."

It is pride month so we want to know what you are most proud of about your club?

"We’re really proud of how inclusive & welcoming our members are with anyone new, as they take a really nurturing approach to supporting people either new to the game or returning after a break."

What makes a good teammate for your club?

"Patience & friendliness. We’re not competitive at all, as we focus on a relaxed friendly session so our regular membership reflects this."

Why do you think it is important for there to be LGBTIQ+ specific sports clubs/groups?

"We’re a really open group, with a clear mix of identities where players can just be comfortable in who they are without fear of judgement on their skills or any perceptions & expectations around their sexuality &/or gender identity."

Do you have an LGBTIQ+ sporting hero?

"Tom Bosworth - he’s a Leeds lad!"

How do you think sport can benefit the LGBTIQ+ community?

"Sport & physical activity can strongly assist in individuals developing a sense of belonging to a community"
“We’re a really open group, with a clear mix of identities where players can just be comfortable in who they are without fear of judgement on their skills...”
The Bad Mittens

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