Frequently Asked Questions


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General

How do I commute to MBC?
  • There are so many ways to access MBC! We are located at 6-16 Joseph Street, Blackburn North. It is a 15 to 20 minute car or bus ride from the Melbourne CBD via the M3 freeway. If you are taking the bus, you can take the 907 bus towards Mitcham from the Melbourne CBD, and get off at the Middleborough Road exit. From there, it's a quick 5 minute walk to the courts.

  • When do you open/close?
  • MBC is open from 9:00am - 11:00pm, 7 days a week.

  • Is MBC open on public holidays?
  • MBC is open all year around! Please follow our twitter announcements account for venue and opening/closing updates.

  • I am new to badminton. Does MBC provide any services for people looking to start in the sport?
  • We have several services that can help you get started in badminton!

    • Equipment Hire
      • We offer racquet and shuttle hire if you book a court with us, please have a look at our rates.
    • Socials
      • There are various beginner-friendly social for people looking to meet different people and play casually, please visit our socials page.
    • Training
      • We have several training sessions for beginners, please contact us for any training related enquiries.
  • What kind of equipment and clothing is suitable for badminton?
  • Badminton is an indoor sport, and therefore require indoor sports attire and shoes.

    • Equipment:
    • You will need a badminton racquet and plastic/feathered shuttles to start playing. Not to worry if you don't own one yet, we offer racquet and shuttle hire at our on-court Pro Shop, please have a look at our equipment hire rates.
    • Attire: Normal athletic/sports wear is fine.
    • Shoes:
      • Badminton shoes are ideally suitable when playing on MBC court mats.
      • Squash, volleyball and other indoor court shoes can also be alternatively used as suitable footwear.
      • Avoid using runners and outdoor shoes to prevent any ankle injuries.
      • Black-soled shoes are BANNED as it is prone to leave black marks on the courts.

    We have a wide range of apparel and equipment at our Pro Shop. Don't hesitate to ask one of our friendly staff for recommendations on suitable equipment!

  • Court Hire

    How do I book a court at MBC?
  • Please contact us directly by phone to enquire on court bookings and other related queries.

  • What booking types are available?
  • We currently offer casual bookings for both peak and off peak times. Please visit our court bookings page for all up-to-date information on court bookings.

  • When are your peak and off peak times?
  • Our current peak times are from 5pm onwards on weekends, and are all day on weekends and public holidays. For detailed information on court hire prices, please visit our pricing page.

  • Can I book a recurring/long-term court time slot (weekly, monthly etc)?
  • To discuss long-term bookings, please call us to chat with our lovely staff.

  • How do I cancel my court booking?
  • To cancel your court booking, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance by calling us directly. Any bookings cancelled within 24 hours will be incurred by patrons.

  • Socials

    What are badminton socials?
  • Socials are a way for you to play badminton without having to find a group and hire a court. You can join other social players in playing matches by simply paying an entry fee, and it is a great way to play and meet new people!

    For more information on schedules and skill levels, please visit our socials page.

  • When do socials operate?
  • There are different clubs running badminton social events every night, with varying skill levels. For more information on schedules and skill levels, please visit our socials page.

  • How can I sign up to join these social groups?
  • As there are various different clubs running social groups throughout the week, there are several ways to join these sessions. Keep up to date with social updates.

  • Are there different socials for different skill levels during the week?
  • There are socials running on each day of the week, which cater for all sorts of levels. More information can be found on our socials page.

  • Can I organise my own social badminton groups on MBC courts?
  • Definitely! Please get in contact with us by leaving a message, and we'll get back to you to discuss schedules and availabilities.

  • Badminton Shop

    Is MBC an official reseller for major badminton brands?
  • Yes, we are an official reseller of major badminton brands, including Yonex, Victor, RSL.

    We sell the following range of badminton equipment:

    • Sports bags
    • Apparel
    • Badminton shoes
    • Racquets
    • Shuttles
    • Racquet accessories

    We also offer full stringing services in-store, please visit the equipment store page for pricing and other information.

  • What do I need to get started as a badminton beginner?
  • For a beginner, the most important equipment is:

    • Appropriate sportswear apparel (e.g. shorts, shirt)
    • Racquets and shuttles - available to purchase at the venue
    • A pair of indoor court shoes and a slim sole (preferably badminton shoes), with no black soles. Squash or volleyball shoes are suitable alternative footwear.

    We also offer full stringing services in-store, please visit the equipment store page for pricing and other information.

  • I don't own a badminton racquet. Do you provide racquets and shuttles for hire?
  • Yes, we offer racquet and shuttle hire at our Pro Shop, just ask our friendly staff what it is you need and we will accommodate your session!

  • Competitions

    Does MBC host badminton competitions? What are some competitions previously held there?
  • MBC hosts many casual and competitive competitions throughout the year individually and partnering with other societies and organisations.

    Some of the competitions held at MBC include:

    • 2022 CNY Women's Double Team Competition
    • 2021 猫东方杯 Men's Double Team Competition
    • 2021 Inter club friendly
    • Melbourne Badminton Centre and Badminton Connect Friendly Match

    We also regularly host Grammar School AGSV badminton competitions, as well as cater for after-school training. Please get in touch for more information and stay updated with our Facebook page for competition announcements.

  • How do I participate in competitions?
  • Please keep up to date with our Facebook page for competitions and how to enter, or leave us a message so we can get back to you.

  • Sponsorships

    Does MBC sponsor badminton schools and clubs?
  • We sponsor a range of badminton schools and clubs, please leave a message and we will reach out to you with more information.

  • Does MBC provide coaching services?
  • We have a range of clubs and private coaches that regularly coaches players from all skill levels and ranges. Please contact us to discuss what best suits you.

  • Does MBC offer companies to be sponsored/advertised at the stadium?
  • Yes, we are currently offering many sponsoring and advertising services. We have previously collaborated with well-known brands such as Myer, Yonex and Victor. Please visit our sponsorships page for more information, and leave us a message so we can get in contact to discuss further.