The Badminton Club of the City of New York

Established 1878

About the Club

Founded in 1878, The Badminton Club of the City of New York is proud to be known as the oldest badminton club in the world.

Weekly Play

Members of all skill ranges convene weekly on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm October to April. We play on 5 courts and a mixture of double formats and single formats.

Social Events

We host a season opener cocktail party in the Fall that welcomes members and guests. We also have occasional tournaments with other badminton clubs in the New York area. Members and guests are also welcome to join together at a local bar for drinks and snacks after play on Saturdays.

Lessons and Tournaments

BCCNY organizes round robin and year end tournaments for all levels of play throughout the season. Additionally, our instructor Tiger Tan is available weekly for lessons. Tiger works with all abilities from beginners to top players.

Club History

The Badminton Club of the City of New York was founded during the winter of 1878 by two young world travelers, Bayard Clarke and his friend E.L. Wilks, and their sisters, Lilly Clarke and Katherine and Alice E. Wilks, in part for the love of the sport and in part “to relieve the dullness of the Lenten season.” What was revolutionary at that time was the fact that young men included women in a sport.

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