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Badminton, climbing and netball clubs are coming to Birkbeck

Funding from tailor and robe maker Ede & Ravenscroft will enable Birkbeck Students’ Union to establish the three new clubs.

London’s oldest tailor and robe maker Ede & Ravenscroft has made a generous donation to support the establishment of three new sports clubs at Birkbeck in the coming academic year; badminton, climbing and netball.  Ede & Ravenscroft are long-standing partners of Birkbeck, having recently funded a postdoctoral fellowship to research the history of the College, as well as supporting an archivist to categorise the College’s archives.

The Students' Union has set up these three new clubs in response to a survey asking students which sports they would be most interested in pursuing, with badminton, climbing and netball emerging as the frontrunners. The support from Ede & Ravenscroft will aid the Students’ Union in its transformation of sporting provision and help create an increasingly cohesive community for students outside of the classroom.

Yousuf Joondan, Chief Executive of Birkbeck Student Union commented: "We are delighted to have Ede & Ravenscroft’s support for our growing sports clubs at Birkbeck.

“Sports are a great way to build a more active community and improve students' physical and mental wellbeing. Not only that, but sports can powerfully transform any individual's development more broadly, have a positive impact on their employment opportunities and support their education and training.” 

James Middleton, Ede and Ravenscroft’s Group Head of Graduation Services said: “Ede and Ravenscroft are proud to support the birth of these new sports clubs at Birkbeck. We believe sports play an important part in the student community’s health, mindfulness and wellbeing.”

Students can access these facilities through the Student Union when they open in the near future.

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