Do you like badminton?
Did you just start a study in Wageningen and are looking for a new sport? Or have you played badminton before and are you looking for a badminton club in which sports and many nice, non-sport related activities are combined? Join the Lobbers!
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About

Welcome to BC de Lobbers, thé student badminton club in Wageningen. We are a club in which sports and many nice, non-sport related activities are combined. We are also an internationally orientated club, which means that we have many people of different nationalities in our club.
SWU Thymos is the umbrella foundation which gives financial support to student sports associations like BC de Lobbers and represents them at Sports Centre de Bongerd and Wageningen UR.

Activities

If you join the Lobbers, you can expect a lot of activities. Some activities are badminton related, others are just for fun! Read everything about the activities below.

Rijncup

The Rijncup Tournament is one of the famous tournaments in Regio Centrum organized by several members of our association. During the weekend tough matches are played, but the camping, the barbecue and the party are the things which make our tournament so special. Read more...

Club Magazine

"Larry's Diary" is a club magazine for all of our members. It is full of stories about our activities, members, tournaments and other badminton related news. We make about three magazines a year.

Organisation

The club is controlled by a board of five members. They keep the club running together with our mascot Larry.

The Board


Our board consist of five members: 1 chairman, 1 treasurer, 1 secretary and 2 Technical Committee members (TC). Every year in November during the general members meeting (GMM), the board changes.
In the 2016/2017 board are: Monique Daanje (treasurer, top left), Carolina Castagna (TC, top right), Jet van der Meer (secretary, bottom left), Myrthe van der Meeren (TC, bottom center) and Sjors Verstege (chairman, bottom right).

Feel free to ask them questions during the trainings (they are recognizable by their green t-shirts) or send us an e-mail at lobbers@wur.nl.

Larry


Our club mascot is named Larry the Lobster. He supports our members at competition matches and tournaments and he goes to all the activities we organize.

Activities

It's not all about the badminton...

We organize a lot of activities throughout the academic year, at least once a month. These vary from internal tournaments, like the ‘Pepernotentournament’ and the ‘Bring-a-friend tournament’, to non-badminton related activities like pooling, a shuttle hunt and a Belgian Beer night. We also organize a Lobbers weekend and a New Year’s drink every year. Another important activity we organize is the Rijncup tournament. Because this is one of our most important tournaments, we will give you some more information about it below. To get an impression of the activities we organize, you can visit our Facebook page, where we post the pictures.

Rijncup Tournament

The Rijncup Tournament is one of the famous tournaments in Regio Centrum organized by several members of our association once a year. People from everywhere in the Netherlands are joining our tournament. Players can subscribe in four different categories (1-4-6-8):from beginning to advanced! During the weekend tough matches are played, but that is usually not the only reason why people are coming to this tournament. The camping, the barbecue and the party are the things which make our tournament so special. Citing from one of our members:
“The Rijncup is our tournament with nice matches, with meat from the butcher on the barbecue in the sun, with the world’s best party, with a high consumption of beer, but most importantly joining this tournament is always encompassed with lots of fun”.

Training and competition

Training

Our training sessions are taken care of by Dave Khodabux, who finds us many challenging exercises every week. We have three training sessions every week:

  • Tuesday 19.00 till 21.00 is the training session for only competition players.
  • Wednesday 17.30 till 19.00 is the training session for the 'beginners'. Please note: everyone starts in this group, our trainer will decide who can play in the second group.
  • Wednesday 19.00 till 20.30 is the training session for advanced and competition players.

So if you are new to our club, come on a Wednesday from 17:30 till 19:00.

The Wednesday training sessions take place in sports centre De Bongerd in sportshall 2. The Tuesday training takes place in sportshall 4.

Address: Bornsesteeg 2, 6708 PE Wageningen.

Competition

Every year BC de Lobbers joins the regional competition organised by the Dutch Badminton Association (NBB). In this competition, teams on different levels measure themselves against teams in the region. Every team consists of at least 4 players (2 male, 2 female) and plays 8 games per match in the disciplines single, doubles and mixed doubles. Playing competition, on any level, generally increases the game of the player and makes badminton a fun team sport.
In the autumn competition, from September till February, the Lobbers has four teams between the 1st and the 4th class, for beginning to advanced competition players. A maximum of 14 matches are played, generally in the weekend, of which half are home-matches. The home-matches take place on Sunday from 13.30 to 18.00 hours in “Sporthal de Bongerd”. Encouragement of our teams is always welcome!
The spring competition, from February till May, is organised especially for starting and recreational badminton players. Every year two Lobbers team join, consisting of new members but also players who chose to be in the spring competition for a couple of years as it is low key and a lot of fun! A maximum of 8 matches are played, of which half are home-matches. The home-matches take place on Tuesday from 19.00 to 21.00 hours in “Sporthal de Bongerd. Also the out-matches are generally played on weekdays in the evening.

(New) students that are interested in playing competition at BC de Lobbers, as a set player or as substitute can contact our competition leader, Ollie van Hal lobbers@wur.nl.

Become a member!

Membership

To become a member at BC de Lobbers, you need a valid student sport card, which can be acquired at De Bongerd. In September, there are three free introduction training sessions, of which the last one is a small tournament. During these training sessions you can get to know the ways of badminton and find out if BC the Lobbers is something for you. After these three training sessions, you will have to decide whether you want to become a member or not. If you like to join a training session during the season, this is of course also possible. If you have sport rights, you can come for a free training session at any time. If you don't have sport rights, you can come the first week of the second and fourth period.

How to apply

Becoming a member can be done through filling in a subscription form, which can be gained from one of the board members, or via our secretary (lobbers@wur.nl). As a member of BC de Lobbers, you will automatically be a member of the Nederlandse Badminton Bond (NBB, the Dutch Badminton Association).

Contribution

The contribution depends on in which group you are training and can vary each year. Contact us for the actual prices The contribution for the year 2016/2017 is as follows:
Recreational and beginning players, training in the first group, have to pay about €40. Competition players will have to pay €55. The board decides to which group you belong. When you are already a member of another badminton club, it is possible to join our club for a lower price (€30). For this, please contact our secretary (lobbers@wur.nl). Half-year members also pay €30.

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If you have any questions feel free to send an email to lobbers@wur.nl