On court with Badminton Southland

2 December, 2019

Badminton Southland president Nic Raines (left), general manager Rata Hopa and ILT Foundation trustee Mike Mika on court.  Photo: Lisa-Maree Fleck


About the community group/organisation/individual

Badminton Southland has more than 500 members aged from four to 80 years of age.

It consists of three club, catering for juniors, adults, masters and veterans.

Throughout the season, Badminton Southland runs competitions for primary and secondary schools as well as regular social competitions, and provides coaching for junior and senior players.


What the grant went towards

Badminton Southland has received a total of $1,852,329 in combined grant funding from the ILT Foundation and Invercargill Licensing Trust since May 2006.  The funding went towards coaching costs, high performance development programmes, equipment, scholarships, the upgrade of facilities and more.


What the grant means to the community group/organisation

“For organisations like ours, without the ILT and ILT Foundation contribution every year, whether it is annually or special grants to get our players away to competition outside the region, it wouldn’t be achievable,” Badminton Southland general manager Rata Hopa said.

“We are very thankful in being successful to get the money every year.”