Seattle’s Badminton Club, which is the nation’s oldest and largest women’s club, will be forced to change its name after the men’s team announced it would move to Spokane.
The club announced Friday that the move is part of a multi-year agreement with Spokane, which includes a new logo.
The announcement of the move comes just weeks after the club’s first two women’s singles matches were played in Spokane.
That included a 2-0 loss to Spokane, but the team lost its third straight game against the defending national champions on Saturday.
“Our relationship with Spokane is one of the best in the country and we’re proud to continue our strong relationship with the city and its wonderful people,” Badmuseations owner and CEO Stephanie Ainsworth said in a statement.
“We look forward to building a successful, sustainable club in Spokane that reflects our community, our values and our history.
The Badmouses have an excellent foundation and will continue to grow as we move forward.”
The club also announced a number of changes this offseason including the hiring of three new coaches.
The organization said it will also add a new national anthem singer, the opening of a new training facility and more.
“It’s important to us that the Badmuses are a proud member of the Seattle community, and it’s our hope that the new logo, new logo-based training program and new anthem singer will inspire the Badminds to grow,” the club said.
“As the Bad Minds continue to expand their footprint, we will continue with our long-term goal of becoming the first women’s professional sports team in the nation.”
The move to the Spokane-Spokane area follows the departure of longtime Badmressons coach Amy Davis, who resigned in August after the women’s team was ranked sixth in the U.S.
Womens tennis team standings and four days before the U-18 women’s tour opened in Seattle.
The UW men’s tennis team also moved to Spokane after finishing fourth in the women, but had not yet announced its move to Seattle.