ACT Badminton Association want bi-partisan support to build a $500,000 badminton specific facility in Canberra.
The association sent a pre-selection policy submission to the ACT Government and opposition party last week, seeking their commitment to co-fund the refurbishment of a warehouse into a badminton arena.
They're looking at an existing warehouse in Mitchell but require $500,000 support from the government to assist initial costs in converting the building to house at least eight badminton courts, storage facilities, meeting rooms and a potential retail store.
The flooring is the biggest expense because each court costs around $15,000 to resurface.
ACT Badminton president Olaf Schuermann says it will be a private facility, not owned by the association, but will be open to anyone who wants to play the sport.
"It has to be a minimum of eight courts otherwise it's not viable. Then it can hold more competitions and have multiple clubs use the facility during peak times," Schuermann said.
"It would be open for schools to hire. More schools are getting actively involved in teaching badminton as part of their curriculum and we just need to facilities.
"I'm worried we're going to have all these kids who are interested to play outside school hours and where are they going to play, our clubs are bursting at the seams.
"We're shooting ourselves in the foot if we're trying to get more people interested in badminton but then don't have a place for them to play."
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Badminton clubs are filled to capacity in Canberra and some have had to suspend memberships due to supply and demand issues.
Interest in badminton has increased in the capital largely due to the immigration to fast-growing regions like Gungahlin from countries where the sport is popular.
There was almost 1,000 registered badminton players in the ACT last year, a 30 per cent increase from 2018.
Gungahlin Badminton Club is the largest club with 115 members and Schuermann has been forced to close memberships because there isn't enough courts to hire in the region.
They rent out school and community halls, but those sessions are filled to capacity.
They often have to restrict play to just one set and last week Schuermann counted 25 players sitting on the sideline waiting for their turn.
"It's very hard [to deny memberships] because I get inquiries every second day," Schuermann said. "Most of our members turned up to our first three sessions in mid-January. If they all turn up at the same time when we'll be in big trouble.
"We'd have 60 people sitting and waiting for a game to only play one in two hours.
"Even on Thursday, a young boy showed up and it was so sad to tell him we're not taking more members.
"It's a bit of a judgement call. We might be able to reopen to a small amount of people throughout the year depending on turnouts."