Badminton returns to Nationals for 2024!

Event guide 

Dates and Venue


23-25th February 2024


English Institute of Sport


English Institute of Sport, 200 Coleridge Rd, Sheffield, S9 5DA

Accepted Entries

All accepted entries will be outlined on the website once agreed.


Competitors must register before their first match on the day of competition. Competitors who do not register, and do not show for their first match, will be withdrawn. Competitors may be required to provide a valid student identification card at registration to confirm their eligibility.

Registration is located at Event Control on the first floor balcony in the Netball Hall. Registration opens one hour before competition starts (09:30 on Friday 23rd February). Competitors should allow time to register before competing and are encouraged to register as soon as they arrive at the venue.

Registration times are as follows:

Men's Singles - Friday 23rd February 10.30am (Registration opens at 9.30am)

Women’s Singles - Friday 23rd February 1.00pm

Mixed Doubles - Friday 23rd February 4.00pm

Men’s Doubles - Saturday 24th February 11.30am (Updated match specific times will be available at start of the tournament)

Women’s Doubles - Saturday 24th February 8.45am (Updated match specific times will be available at start of the tournament)

NB – Seeded players in the main draw (Round 4) of events will not be required until Saturday 24th February.


The draw for the competition will be available on Friday 23rd February at the venue.

The competition is run using a straight knockout format. There are no group stages.


Finals will take place on Sunday 25th February from approximately 2.30pm. The finals are estimated to finish by 7.00pm. Timings are subject to change.


Presentations will take place at the end of the day on Sunday 25th February, where medals and trophies will be awarded to competitors. The presentations will take place after the conclusion of the tournament.


In Rounds 1-3, play shall be continuous from the first service until the end of the match. There shall be no intervals: when a side reaches 11 points in a game, between the first and second games, and between the second and third games.

From Round 4 onwards coaching and intervals will be allowed.

BUCS Points

BUCS Points will be awarded to the winner, runner-up and third placed competitors in each discipline. The points will be applied as follows: 1st = 12 points, 2nd = 8 points, 3rd = 5 points (both losing semi-finalists will receive points – no third place play off will take place). These points set will be awarded to both singles and doubles disciplines.

The full list of BUCS Points can be found on Appendix 1

Withdrawals and Change Requests

Requests for substituting a player on the reserve list for an individual accepted into the competition must be made by an institution’s administrator emailing Harry Spinks (event coordinator). These will be verified with the tournament director before being accepted.

Institutions can make changes to their entries through until the entry closing date.

Changes, including withdrawals, after the entry closing date must be made in writing by an athletic union or students’ union and e-mailed to the BUCS Event Coordinator, Harry Spinks.  Please use the format outlined below:


Player out

Player in

Reason for change

e.g. MS or WD



e.g. injury


Withdrawals after the entry closing date will still be charged the entry fee. Withdrawal of a competitor does not guarantee a replacement into the competition. Appropriate replacements due to withdrawals will be selected based on the competitor’s information provided with their entry.

Institutions can only make changes to their entries from competitors listed as guaranteed, non-guaranteed, or on the reserve lists. The reserve lists must be entered via BUCS Play before the entry closing date.

Competitors who do not withdraw, and do not register at the venue, will be classified as a ‘no-show’ and charged the entry fee. An additional £20 fine payable by the competitor’s athletic union or students’ union will be issued.

Rules and Regulations

All BUCS badminton competitions are governed in accordance with the National Governing Body rules and regulations, unless superseded by a BUCS rule or regulation found here

The BUCS Tournament Referee has the final decision in all sporting competition matters. This includes any rulings or disputes not covered by regulations and the speed of shuttles used.

Competitors not on court within 5 minutes of their match being announced will forfeit the match.


There is limited car parking available at EIS. This costs £5 per car and is cash only. Please note this is on a first come, first served basis.

Any coaches will need to drop students on Coleridge Road, and then find somewhere to park, as there is no onsite coach parking. There are local industrial estates or Meadowhall available for parking.

Food and Drink

There is an onsite café which can be used for purchasing food and drink throughout the day. There are also a number of local shops and restaurants located around EIS.


It is the responsibility of competitors to organise accommodation for themselves. No accommodation will be provided by BUCS.


BUCS are delighted to announce three supporting partners for Nationals 2024:

  • New Balance – shop the look and grab your Nationals merchandise online here or at the event 
  • AmeriCamp – offering the opportunity to coach your sport at summer camp in the USA for $2000 
  • Milk Every Moment – campaign showcasing the nutritional value of milk for sport students 

As BUCS’ kit provider, New Balance are giving you as BUCS athletes the chance to access a range of bespoke and personalised Nationals 2024 kit. To purchase this new range, please head to the online shop here or to the merchandise stands based at EIS, Ponds Forge and the Canon Medical Arena during the event.  

AmeriCamp are offering BUCS athletes the summer of a lifetime, providing you with the opportunity to earn a minimum of $2000 working at a summer camp in the USA, using the skills and experiences gained from your sporting background. For the exclusive offer of £50 off your program fees, use the code BUCS50 when securing your place, as well as a placement guarantee as a BUCS athlete. To find out more, please head to the AmeriCamp stands at EIS and Ponds Forge, or head to

Milk Every Moment is a new campaign showcasing milk, the timeless classic in your fridge, it is more than just a beverage, it's a nutritional powerhouse. Loaded with essential nutrients, it's a top-notch source of high-quality protein, all you need to build and repair muscles after a workout. Whether you're gearing up for BUCS Nationals or looking to recover post event, that a look at the website for more information and useful recipes.  

All partners are excited to be here supporting you as you take on a thrilling weekend of sport and competition. You can find them located across EIS, the Canon Medical Arena and Ponds Forge, as shown below, where they'll be offering the opportunity to win some exclusive giveaways and to find out more about what they have to offer.  


Ashaway are proud to be the official supplier to BUCS Badminton. The official shuttlecock of the Championships is the Ashaway International 500. We look forward to welcoming you to our Ashaway pop-up shop, located on the ground floor between the main foyer and the sports hall at EIS, where you’ll find: 

•           Racket re-stringing service 

•           Exclusive event discounts on rackets and equipment 

•           Enquire about sponsorship for your university 


Friday 23rd February 2024 




Canon Medical Arena 

New Balance 

10:00 – 17:00 


09:30– 17:00 


10:00 – 17:00 

10:00 – 18:00 



10:00 – 19:00 



Saturday 24th February 2024 

New Balance 

10:00 – 17:00 

09:00 – 18:00 



10:00 – 17:00 

09:00 – 18:00  



09:00 – 17:00 



Sunday 25th February 2024 

New Balance 

10:00 – 17:00 

09:00 – 17:00 



10:00 – 17:00 

09:00 – 17:00 



09:00 – 17:00 




You can also find further information about our partners on the official event webpage. 

Milk Every Moment

Get ready for the event!

To prepare you for the upcoming event, we wanted to share how milk can aid your sporting performance and training.

Take a look at for recipes and nutritional information.


The sustainability of our event matters to us and we are taking steps to manage our environmental impact. BUCS encourages competitors to:

  • Bring your own bottles & coffee cups for drinks throughout the event
  • Take public transport, or car share to the event if you can
  • Use the start lists published online
  • Use the QR codes around the venue to find sport specific information & results (the draw and results can also be accessed via Tournament Software)

Clothing and Equipment

Regulation clothing should be worn during matches, including clean rubber or similar soled footwear (non-marking).

Competitors must provide their own equipment. BUCS will provide shuttles. BUCS cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to an individual’s possessions left in the venue.

All equipment bags should be left in the bag store located next to the entrance to the Netball Hall (courts 1-12) on the ground floor. Due to space restrictions competitors are encouraged to only bring essential items into the venue.

Any equipment bags taken into the balcony seating area in the Basketball Hall (courts 13-16) will be removed by security.

Media and Photography

If you're interested in gaining media accreditation for this year's BUCS Nationals in Sheffield on 23-25th  February, please click here to register.

BUCS reserves the right to prohibit photography equipment being used at a BUCS event. BUCS reserves the right to request that the individual ceases to take photographs, deletes any images and, if considered necessary, leaves the venue.


All questions should be communicated by an institution’s athletic union or students’ union staff member to:

Harry Spinks
BUCS Event Administrator