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Elite Coach Programme

The successful candidates for GB Badminton’s first ever groundbreaking Elite Coach Programme have been confirmed.

We are proud to announce that our own Head Coach, Dean George, has been successful in his application.

The programme will give UKCC Level 3 badminton coaches the opportunity to develop their skills to those required at the very elite end of the sport.

In January applications were invited for the programme, which will give aspiring national coaches the opportunity to work first-hand with the GB Badminton World Class Performance Programme, with the objective of developing a depth of elite badminton coaching talent throughout the home nations for the future benefit of the sport.

Twenty-eight candidates were short-listed, and following a rigorous recruitment process the successful candidates are:

  • Andrew Stewart
  • Dean George
  • Anthony Clark
  • Hayley Adcock
  • James Boxall

Jakob Hoi, Head Coach at GB Badminton, said: “We had a very strong list of 28 candidates for the programme, which I found very exciting as it demonstrated all the excellent coaching potential out there.”

“The programme is all about inclusivity and spreading relevant and up-to-date knowledge around the coaching network.”

“Having been through this recruitment process, I feel very optimistic and encouraged about the future and look forward to working with the successful candidates over the next three years.”

“This programme is first of all an ‘open door’ to the high performance environment. The candidates will have access National coaches, players and support staff, and each candidate will, in addition to the collective cohorts, have an individual tailored programme with access to a committed mentor – a National coach.”

“We are excited because this is hopefully more than ‘just’ an individual coach development plan – we hope this will inspire and impact on the work happening on daily basis within the England and GB pathway.”

The cornerstones of the programme are:

  • An ‘open door’ to the National Badminton Centre
  • Challenge on sport intelligence
  • Individual development around high performance management
  • Experience of individual and group coaching at NBC, and international tournaments for senior players

The candidates will start the programme later this month.

Congratulations go to Dean from all of us at the Performance Centre on being selected for this prestigious programme.

Who Do You Know?

As a Christmas treat, we’ve dusted off this video from the Horsham PC archives.  Who do you recognise?

Thank You Tanya

1305 Thank You

After selflessly devoting herself to helping others become better badminton players and in both my sons case, better young people for over 20 years, Tanya has decided it is time to dedicate more time to herself and her family.

Tanya is a perfectionist in everything she does.  I have worked with coaches in a variety of sports at the highest level and I can honestly say that Tanya is the best prepared bar none.  Every single session is planned and thought out, every player is considered and catered for.  Her approach has guaranteed that nearly every child that has come under her guidance has either achieved or exceeded their potential.

It is because of her meticulous approach that the Horsham Performance Centre, the first to be established in this country, is considered to be the model for all other PC’s .  Tanya is constantly consulted by Badminton England regarding the development of badminton in this country and is regularly asked to present at coaching events.

On behalf of everyone at Horsham Performance Centre, Sussex Badminton and everyone connected with badminton in this country THANK YOU Tanya for all your hard work and compassionate approach to badminton coaching.

Mark Russ

PC Manager

Derbyshire Sport Coaches’ Conference

More than 100 sports coaches, including our own Head Coach, Dean George, attended the Derbyshire Sport Coaches’ Conference, where Olympians Matthew Syed, Ross Davenport and Nathan Robertson were among the guest speakers.

The event was held at Derby College on Sunday, May 19, and included a variety of workshops with a focus on developing sporting talent.

Matthew Syed and Dean George

Matthew Syed and Dean George

Former table tennis player Matthew Syed, who competed for Great Britain at the 1992 and 2000 Olympic Games, gave the opening keynote speech and spoke about the science of sport, the myth of talent and the power of practice.

He challenged the perception that world-class achievement is only available to those born with natural talent, and argued that success is “90% effort, 10% talent”.

Now a journalist, broadcaster and author of the book ‘Bounce’, Matthew said the quantity and quality of practice were the most important variables to success – therefore highlighting the need for high-quality and knowledgeable coaches. He said that a belief in talent may actually be counter-productive – causing a young person to believe that they didn’t need to work hard to achieve, or to give up if they felt they didn’t have enough talent.

Matthew said: “Young people need to understand that the journey to the top involves hard work – there isn’t a cable car to success.”

“Failure is no reason to give up, it is a temporary phenomenon which can be overcome by working harder or smarter.”

The day also included presentations and a question and answer session with swimmer Ross Davenport, who competed at the Olympic Games in 2004, 2008 and 2012, and badminton player Nathan Robertson, who competed at the Olympic Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

Ross Davenport, Dean George and Nathan Robertson

Ross Davenport, Dean George and Nathan Robertson

The session was led by former GB Badminton Performance Director Andy Wood, who is now Performance Manager of the Derbyshire Institute of Sport.

Ross and Nathan spoke about the influence that a number of coaches had on their individual careers, and how the impact that key coaches had made at different stages of their careers.

Coaches then chose to attend a selection of workshops on subjects such as nutrition, injury prevention, developing core strength, using technology to be a better coach and maintaining motivation.

Workshop presenters included Nick Ward, Lead Strength and Conditioning Consultant for the Derbyshire Institute of Sport; Lynda Daley, Lead Physiotherapist for the Derbyshire Institute of Sport; Alistair Higham, former Head of Coach Education at the LTA and international expert on matchplay and momentum in sport; sport and celebrity nutritionist Martin MacDonald, Lead Nutritionist for British Weight Lifting, Derby County FC and England Swimming; Chris Marshall, Lead Psychologist for the GB Boxing and Paralympic Table Tennis programmes; and Nutritionist Freddy Brown, who works for the English Institute of Sport and provides support to GB Badminton’s Olympic team.

Also delivering workshops was sport psychologist Mike Rotherham, who is currently working with the GB Short Track Speed Skating Team, England Netball and Derbyshire County Cricket Club; Tim Lawrenson, a strength and conditioning coach for Derbyshire Institute of Sport and University of Derby lecturer; Andy Hooton, a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Derby; Carl Butler, Clinical Director and Head Physiotherapist at Active Total Health; and Rob Salmon, a digital marketing expert who has worked with organisations such as The Premier League and the Lawn Tennis Association.

Seventeen swimming coaches also attended a sport-specific masterclass, led by Andi Manley, Head Coach of Derbyshire’s Performance Swim Squad Derventio eXcel, which looked at ‘Maximising Performance in the Pool through Planning, Analysis and Feedback’.

Organised by Derbyshire Sport and sponsored by Derby College and Derbyshire County Council, the conference was aimed at sports coaches working with talented athletes or who have an interest in sports science and athlete development.

A variety of sports were represented, including athletics, archery, badminton, basketball, football, golf, hockey, swimming, table tennis and netball.

Our Head Coach, Dean George, commented:

“Matthew Syed’s keynote presentation really impressed, and his book ‘Bounce’ revealed how we can ALL be exceptional.

Overall, the day was excellent and I was able to attend 3 brilliant workshops which including developing core strength, nutrition myths and working with personality.

It is great for me to attend coaching days as I am aware that you are always able to improve as a coach and develop and enhance your skills in order to help players to reach their potential.”