Chasing a shuttlecock just got cheaper for Counties-Manukau badminton lovers.
Papakura Local Board has renewed Counties-Manukau Badminton Association’s lease on its Elliott Street hall and knocked the price back.
The annual lease costs have been cut from $100 to $1.
The association got a 10-year lease from the former Papakura District Council in 2009, with a right of renewal from July this year. The lease will now expire on 30 June 2029.
Counties Manukau Badminton fosters, controls and advances the game in the area through inter-club and inter-association matches, championships and tournaments, and also makes the courts available for casual hire as well as offering school holiday programmes and an annual intermediate/secondary school competition.
There are almost 250 players in clubs affiliated to the association, and another 150 who play on a casual basis.
The group hopes to extend the building to add another six courts when it has the necessary funding.