VIDEO: Lights out for badminton

LIGHTS out, music on – and it is time to serve up cash for charity with games of badminton with a difference.

More than 70 students made quite a racket as they staged Hartlepool Sixth Form College’s very first Raveminton event.

Left to right, Rebecca Dixon, Marcus Turnbull, Chris Hopkinson and Mathew Harland

Left to right, Rebecca Dixon, Marcus Turnbull, Chris Hopkinson and Mathew Harland

Specialist luminous equipment was brought in, making the sports hall at the college quite a sight.

Add to that some music booming out in the background, and the sporty students had everything they needed to spend the afternoon playing badminton in the dark.

And it wasn’t all organised just for the fun of it, as the youngsters who are studying Level 3 Btec in Sports Development managed to raise £282 for the British Heart Foundation.

Those taking part all wore red as the quirky event was organised to coincide with the charity’s Rock Up in Red Day, part of National Heart Month.

Gemma Ptak, senior sport and physical activity co-ordinator with Hartlepool Borough Council’s sport and recreation service, works with the students as part of their course and challenged them to organise an event to mark the occasion. She said: “It might not have been an event for the badminton purists but it was something a bit different.”

The college is one of 11 Premier FE colleges in partnership with England Badminton and the event was also organised as an attempt to get more young people involved with the sport.

Ben Robinson, director of sport at the Blakelock Road-based college, said: “The event was fantastic for showing off badminton in a really fun environment.

In the space of two and a half hours, all of the money was raised for the British Heart Foundation which was great.”

Alan Walker, treasurer of the British Heart Foundation’s Hartlepool branch, said: “I’d like to say a big thanks and well done to everyone who took part in the event.

“I’ve never heard of badminton in the dark before but it sounds like real good fun and it helped to raise a lot of money for our charity.”