Coaching

Training Courses for Coaches

For information and to find a training course, please go to the Badminton England website coaching pages:

Badminton England Coach Training

Community Hub for Coaches

Coaches can join Badminton England’s ‘Community Hub for Coaches’ which gives monthly themed articles and a forum:

Community Hub for Coaches

Financial Support for Coach Training Courses

Badminton England provides some bursaries for up to 50% of the cost of a course where there is clear evidence that the applicant will use their qualification to the benefit of their club or local activity. Contact Julie Pike (Relationship Manager, Badminton England) on 07725 413548 or by email:

Email Julie Pike

Suffolk Badminton Association may be able to provide some financial support towards the cost of a coaching course. To apply, please contact us with details:

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List of Coaches

Coaches below are qualified* at UK Coaching Council Level 2 or Level 3 and have indicated that they may be available if anyone requires coaching. Please contact each coach to discuss fees charged and court hire cost.  Anyone hiring a coach is advised to check the coach’s period of insurance cover and, if appropriate, check whether the coach’s DBS check and safeguarding/child protection accreditation are up to date.   (There are many other coaches in Suffolk).

* Any coach on this list may not currently have maintained his/her coach registration with Badminton England.

If you are qualified at Level 2 or Level 3 and wish your name to be included in this list, please contact us with details:

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List of Coaches
Name Based Phone Email Additional Information
George Caplin (Level 3) Southwold, Beccles & Lowestoft 07787 114226 (any time) Email Varied availability. Currently coaching all ages with different levels of experience (beginner through to top county players).  Have a variety of groups available depending on players needs.  Also available for private tuition.  Achieved Coach Licence with Badminton England March 2016.
Bob Chamberlain (Level 2) Ipswich 01473 413838 Email Registered Level 2 coach since 2011. My main focus is coaching at the YMCA Junior Club and acting as resident coach for beginners/improvers at Corinthians Badminton Club. I have limited free time but can often make time during weekdays and early evenings to assist beginners/improvers with the basics.
Anthony Isherwood (Level 2) Ipswich 01473 311104 (after 6pm) Email
Mike McCarthy (Level 2) Ipswich 07531 236442 (office hours) Email Current Licenced Coach with Badminton England. Updated DBS, Safeguarding and First Aid Certification. Main coaching focus is ‘Inclusive’ group sessions for players at beginner and improver levels, on behalf of ActivLives and Special Olympics Suffolk. Particular interest in working with players with a learning/intellectual disability.
Mike Tee (Level 2) Ipswich 07740 839617(any time) Email Coaching for 15 years with experience working with groups and one to one. Coaching for both juniors and adults from beginners/improvers to Club/County levels. Member of the coaching team at the Ipswich Badminton Performance Centre. Available to coach any age from 7 years and upwards during the day Monday-Thursday and Monday, Wednesday or Friday evenings.
Clive Palmer (Level 2) Ipswich area 07598 969684 Email Coached many junior players to national and international success. Former England Under-11 Manager. Has also coached the England Under-13 and England Under-15 squads. Believes that hard work gets results and having fun helps you enjoy doing hard work.
Helen Thornton (Level 3) Ipswich 07954 387509 Email Badminton coaching available for enthusiastic players of all ages and abilities. Level 3 Head Coach in Badminton, Personal Trainer and Nutritional Advisor. Former East of England Junior Champion and Senior County Champion, as well as National League basketball player and England international indoor cricketer and team manager.
Louise Tooke (Level 2) Felixstowe & Ipswich 01394 823100 (evenings / weekends) Email Eleven years coaching experience and over 35 years playing experience in the IDBL league. Helps coach the Suffolk Under-13 Squad. Holds Sports Coach UK certificates in ‘Safeguarding & Protecting Children’, ‘Working with Disabled People in Sport’ and ‘First Aid in Sport’, Up-to-date CRB from Badminton England. Willing to coach juniors and adults from beginners/improvers to intermediate/club/league levels. Could be available weekdays, including after-school hours, and weekends.
John White (Level 2) Saxmundham 01728 602496 (5pm to 6pm or leave message) Available Friday daytime; some evenings or weekends possible. Currently coaching Thorpeness Junior Club and the Suffolk Under-14 Squad.