Our Head Coach has been coaching since 2003 and has run badminton for various organisations, including British Blind Sport, Special Olympics, Red Balloon, Guideposts, Oasis Academy and Leisure Direct. In addition he has also run badminton courses at mainstream schools and several special needs schools including: Lonsdale school, Greenside school, Lakeside school and Woodfield school.
He has not only coached at club level (4 - 80 year olds) and county level (under 11s), but also at national level (para-badminton). He also managed several district teams at the Herts Youth Games from 2004-8 winning 3 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze.
Our Head Coach has over fifteen years experience of coaching badminton with those who are deaf / hard of hearing, disabled, have learning difficulties, autism or special needs.
In 2019 Badminton England established a working group to look at the future of disability and Para Badminton in England, prior to Para Badminton becoming an Olympic Para Sport in 2020. Working in this group our Head Coach was able to help ensure that their future plans reflect the needs of players and deliver a bright future for disability badminton in England. He was also a member of Badminton England's Development and Competition board from 2017 to 2019.
For the past few years he has also been volunteering at Addenbrooke's Hospital in their amputees gym to support new and existing amputees on their road to recovery.
Amazingly, 43% of the British public don't know a disabled person! In addition there are very few inclusive badminton clubs, or clubs that support disabled players in this country. To help with this our Head Coach has designed and runs a bespoke Disability Awareness Course, which is a practical course aimed at raising an awareness of disability badminton, for coaches and those who work with disability groups. Within the half-day course there is also an opportunity to experience playing in a wheelchair.
If you would like to know more please contact our Head Coach