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Groningen is a city in which more and more foreigners live and work. Many of them also want to do sports. For foreigners whose favorite hobby is badminton, BC GO! might be a nice club to join. Actually, we already have several non-Dutch members, both juniors and adults. You are most welcome to try playing and don't be afraid: we definitely also accept foreigners of a somewhat lower level than the pictured guys from Indonesia!

Here is some information in English. It is by far not exhaustive, but it should give some guidance about opportunities to play with us.

BC GO! is a club with about 220 members. We have several groups, both for juniors (the youngest are 7 years old, but in some groups the average age is about 15) and adults. Many adults play just for recreation (practicing and playing some informal matches against each other), while we also have team playing in both national and regional leagues. Our first team plays in division 3 of the national league. All members of GO! are also members of the Dutch badminton association, Badminton Nederland. This allows them to participate in tournaments as well.

Next to practicing and playing matches, GO! also organizes events that are not directly related to badminton. Examples are having dinners, together watching the professional Groningen-based basketbal team Donar, beer-tasting events and shooting paintballs at each other. We also visit the small island called Schiermonnikoog, every Spring. These events contribute to the good atmosphere in the club.

If you would like to try playing with us, please contact one of the members of the board. Prospective juniors should contact Bart Los (jeugd@bcgo.nl), adults are advised to send an e-mail message to Ronald Dekker (tc@bcgo.nl). They will recommend a group to you, which should fit your age and level best. You can always try twice for free, without any obligation to become a member or whatsoever. Our practice sessions are rather dispersed over the city: we have groups in the districts called De Wijert (in the South), Selwerd (in the North) and Vinkhuizen (in the Northwest).

The membership fees vary across categories. Juniors pay a base fee of €132.50 per season. If they participate in leagues they pay a small additional fee. For adults, the base fee is roughly €220. Playing in the league also implies a higher mebership fee for adults. In The Netherlands, we play with synthetic shuttles at lower levels. If you would play in higher-level groups with feather shuttlecocks, an additional top-up to your membership fee of €55 would apply. The season starts in early September and roughly runs until June.

Hopefully, the pictures on this site give you an impression of our club. Please join us!