About Us

History

1970s Our sto­ry began with a dozen or so play­ers meet­ing social­ly at the old Rapid Creek Pri­ma­ry School. Play­ers had to con­tend with cross breezes in the open sided hall and the shut­tle hit­ting the roof.

1981 Play­ers moved to the Night­cliff Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre. This was an indoor venue with room for four courts although low ceil­ing height was still a frus­tra­tion. It was from here that bad­minton began to grow in pop­u­lar­i­ty with week­ly com­pe­ti­tions and even local TV coverage.

1982 The North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Bad­minton Asso­ci­a­tion (NTBA) was incor­po­rat­ed. The Min­is­ter for Sport, Nick Don­das offered the large hall which was Depart­ment of Health’s for­mer stor­age facil­i­ty at Fan­nie Bay to bad­minton and gym­nas­tics. Ini­tial­ly NTBA had one half of the hall and Gym­nas­tics had the oth­er half. The whole com­plex which includ­ed sev­er­al oth­er com­mu­ni­ty groups was renamed Sports House.

1984 The Gym­nas­tics Asso­ci­a­tion was suc­cess­ful in get­ting a facil­i­ty at the new Mar­rara Sport­ing Com­plex and this enabled NT Bad­minton to get enough space for five courts in the Sports House hall

A bad­minton base at Sports House was instru­men­tal in badminton’s growth over sub­se­quent years.

Sports House was flagged by the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Gov­ern­ment for relo­ca­tion to Mar­rara in 1998 as part of their plans to cen­tral­ize sport­ing facil­i­ties. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, this nev­er hap­pened as this was also the year of the Kather­ine flood dis­as­ter and fund­ing for major cap­i­tal works was divert­ed towards flood relief.

Bad­minton con­tin­ued to grow at Sports House. By 2002 social and com­pe­ti­tion bad­minton was being played 4 times per week and junior, social and com­pe­ti­tion bad­minton com­menced on weekends.

Decem­ber 2007 NTBA affil­i­at­ed with the Palmer­ston YMCA Bad­minton Club with the poten­tial of access­ing up to 8 bad­minton courts at Palmer­ston Recre­ation Cen­tre. How­ev­er with the pop­u­la­tion growth and increased demand for oth­er sports using this facil­i­ty bad­minton was lim­it­ed to Tues­day nights.

2008 2009 Depart­ment of Sport & Recre­ation staff twice asked NTBA to pro­vide spec­i­fi­ca­tions for a new facil­i­ty at anoth­er loca­tion. Dis­cus­sions at the time sug­gest­ed that NT gov­ern­ment was look­ing to de-com­mis­sion Sports House and implied that it would pro­vide a replace­ment venue when the time arose.

2012 The 5 courts at Sports House were only just meet­ing demand, being used 5 nights a week and with at least five oth­er day time ses­sions per week. NTBA asked Depart­ment of Sport and Recre­ation if we could increase the play­ing area at Sports House by lay­ing 2 new courts in the adja­cent stor­age area. There was no response to this request.

2013 The play­er num­bers had reached the point that the 5 courts at Fan­nie Bay were being used by the var­i­ous play­ing groups sev­en days a week.

May 2013 With­out warn­ing, NTBA was served with a notice from the Depart­ment of Sport & Recre­ation to vacate Sports house with­in six months and make its own arrange­ments for a new venue.

Despite the very short time-frame giv­en to vacate Sports House and find a new home we quick­ly sprung into action.

We con­sult­ed wide­ly with var­i­ous gov­ern­ment depart­ments, schools, oth­er sport­ing groups and venues, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Con­struc­tion and Hous­ing indus­tries, Engi­neers, Quan­ti­ty sur­vey­ors, Archi­tects and Media consultants.

Sep­tem­ber 2013 We sub­mit­ted a detailed pro­pos­al for a shared mul­ti­pur­pose hall at Mar­rara Sports Precinct. Unfor­tu­nate­ly this pro­pos­al was not con­sid­ered a pri­or­i­ty by the government.

Novem­ber 2013 Fac­ing dec­i­ma­tion we launched the Save Our Sport media campaign.

Decem­ber 2013 We received huge pub­lic sup­port and media cov­er­age and col­lect­ed a record-break­ing pub­lic peti­tion of 11, 500 sig­na­tures in sup­port of a new bad­minton venue at Mar­rara. The future of NT bad­minton was debat­ed in par­lia­ment for more than 2 hours.

Feb­ru­ary 2014 We suc­cess­ful­ly bro­kered a deal with the gov­ern­ment for an inter­im bad­minton facil­i­ty. NT Gov­ern­ment agreed to take on a five year com­mer­cial lease of an indus­tri­al shed in Win­nel­lie. NT Bad­minton Asso­ci­a­tion agreed to con­tribute 15% toward the lease costs.

Novem­ber 2014 We moved into 21 Alba­tross St Win­nel­lie and set up five courts, with room for one more.

Feb­ru­ary 2015 We cel­e­brat­ed our Offi­cial Opening.

June 2015 The sixth court is laid.

We will con­tin­ue to lob­by for a per­ma­nent home for badminton.