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As a player on the St Andrews universities first team I have had a lot of experience with this part of the sport on offer at this University. I initially went to the club upon hearing of it's ability to train you to be a better player, instead I ended up becoming the coach for the recreational badminton which is also held in the sports centre. The club constitutes of a main club which meets three times a week of which you have to become a member to play in. There is no coaching available at these sesions you merely turn up and play. The other part is the recreational badminton that I mentioned earlier. This part has a lot of coaching with someone always on site to help you with any difficulties in your game. The coaching staff(of which I am now part) are really friendly, and will always point you in the right direction towards becoming better than you thought possible, in a short time through some simple but effective drills. All round it is a worthwhile sport to look into or further develop while at St Andrews.
Generally there are two teams, the 1's is run quite well, in general the best 12 or 13 players are fielded which is fair enough. The seconds unfortunately have so many players available (about 40 people regularly turn up to training at the beginning of the year) that it is a bit hit and miss. They can't play every player and making judgements on training nights is difficult. We meet on wednesdays and thursday nights for 90 minutes each time on the astroturf (artificial) pitch. As value for money it's really good. You pay your £10 subs at the beginning of the year and everything is then free. Training nights are well run, everyone is involved and all players are respected no matter what skill level. Things tend to be split into 1's and 2's and there is generally a warm up game, drills and then a game to finish. A friendly club whose admin is looking up, if you're a hockey player or just want to try it out turn up and you'll be welcomed. A friendly crowd.
During my time at St Andrews i have been intersted in how i can help others , a friend told me about the charities campaign and i thought it sounded interesting and rewarding . In the last 4 years the Campaign at St Andrew's university has raised over 200,000 pounds for deserving charities . At the heart of the Campaign are the committee organising collections all over the country and also some of the most popular events occuring in St Andrews . It is always fun and a great way of helping others whilst having a good time , collecting at concerts being especially good atmosphere . Collecting is the face of student fundraising , and the want to see more of Scotland is just one reason to join . There are regular visits to Edinburgh and Dundee . Rag week is generally the most sucessful week of the year , boasting the "Mr St Andrews" contest where male students get to srut there stuff and raise over 2,000 pounds . Every year charities are elected , in 1999/2000 Marie Curie Cancer care and Oxfam were several of the charities elected .