G A T Racket

Written by Geoff Hinder

Slazenger G.A.T. Racket

Photo: – Geoff Hinder                                          Click on images to enlarge

The National Badminton Museum has recently had a Slazenger G.A.T. racket donated to the National Racket Collection. Slazenger first manufactured this racket in 1909 and continue to sell them for the next 25 years. It was called G.A.T. because it was endorsed by George Alan Thomas later known as Sir George Thomas who was the most successful All-England champion, winning a total of 21 titles.
George Alan Thomas 1907


The Slazenger G.A.T. racket donated to the National Badminton Museum would have been purchased in c1934 and was one of the first Slazenger rackets to have a leather grip. The racket weighs 144 grams, a modern graphite racket weighs approximately 92 grams.
        Sir George Thomas 1929
It was the racket manufacturer J. & S. Sheffield in 1907 that started naming their rackets with the initials of the top players of the time, A.D.P. after Albert Davies Prebble the All-England champion.
This racket and many more can be seen at the National Badminton Museum, National Badminton Centre, Bradwell Road, Loughton Lodge, MILTON KEYNES MK8 9LA

Visitors are welcome to look around the Museum unescorted at any time – the National Badminton Centre is normally open 9am to 8pm every day.


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For more information and to book a room go to: – Badminton England website – https://www.badmintonengland.co.uk  –  National Badminton Centre  – National Badminton Centre Hotel.
If you have any badminton memorabilia, archive material, or any other items and would like to donate them to the National Badminton Museum please contact us at: –
Thank you to all the ‘Friends of the Museum’ and people who have made donations to the National Badminton Museum, your support enables us to purchase extremely rare badminton artefacts for the National Collection as they become available.

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