By Carla Booth
Armley Leisure Centre is hosting free badminton sessions for LGBTQ+ refugees and those seeking asylum.
The sessions are being organised by Armley-based LGBTQ+ inclusive badminton team the Bad Mittens and Leeds-based support group Angels of Freedom, alongside Leeds telecommunications company Twinkle Telecom UK.
No prior experience in badminton is required to attend as members of the Bad Mittens will be there to help and all equipment needed will be provided.
The aim of the sessions is for LGBTQ+ refugees to learn how to play Badminton and to be able to meet others and practice their conversational English.
The sessions also aim to allow people to meet with others that share similar experiences to themselves and to give people the opportunity to meet members of the local LGBTQ+ community.
Due to gaining a community grant from Leeds City Council they are able to offer travel expenses of £2.50 (waged) and up to £5.50 (unwaged). This can be redeemed on the day when presenting a valid travel ticket for that day.
Sessions will take place every first and third Sunday of the month from now until the end of March 2023. They will be held from 2pm-3pm and booking is not needed to attend the sessions.