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Coaches page

Coaches Page

For up-to-date information see HBA Coaches FaceBook

Badminton Community Hub for Coaches launched!

What can I do with a leader or coaching qualification?  See Badminton England Herts_Coaching_Pathway_30Dec18

The SmashUp! Secondary Resource  now contains:

 Technical Guidance Manual: Providing guidance on badminton specific movement and technique, game-based practices, scoring and officiating.

  • KS3 & KS4 lesson plans: Each module contains twelve structured 40-minute lessons with progression and games based practices.
  • SmashUp! Game Cards: 22 games designed to create a fun and informal environment for young people to play both within curriculum and extra-curricular
  • Shot Analysis and Tactical cards: Technique cards allowing for peer and self-analysis as well as cards to challenge players to try and analyse new tactics.
  • GCSE/BTEC resource cards: Resource cards to support learning of other factors affecting performance including nutrition, psychology, lifestyle
  • Secondary Teacher Workshop: 4hr practical course designed to increase the confidence of those delivering badminton to 11-18 years olds both in curriculum and extracurricular (there is a charge for running this workshop)
  • Sign up for free – link to SA form which the auto response signposts them to hive.

To support schools to sign up we will be providing up to 200 schools with a SmashUp! equipment bag, including 10 rackets and plastic shuttles. These will be given out on a first come basis to schools who complete the secondary sign up form and then complete the registration on Hive.

As such please pass on these details to any secondary schools you are working with – it is completely free for schools to sign up!

The Essentials course is an online learning course which can be completed by any level 2 coach. It takes roughly an hour to complete and all they need to do is email to request login details. Once they have completed this we send them out the coach delivery notes in the post. It’s a very good course and really helps to standardise the beginners course as well as help to promote it. For the next 12 months BADMINTON England is giving a free racket to everyone who attends an essentials course (the 8 week course that the coach delivers not the online course the coach undertakes). All a centre needs to do is set up a course and then email BE the number of participates booked onto the course before the first day.

Badminton England Schools Resources, click Here

Kicking up a Racket!

Please find below a link to a fantastic new  BE resource – Kicking up a Racket!  On this webpage you will find a downloadable badminton activity resource with supporting video footage that can also be downloaded.  The video footage is numbered to correspond to relevant activities within the resource.  Please distribute this within your County to make the most of this free Click ‘More’ below.

Level 1 coaches are eligible to deliver this courseware.

Become a BE Learning Mentor To help new potential Leaders consider becoming a Learning Mentor. BE website: ‘Leaders can be successfully deployed at:
• Bisi festivals,   • Inter and Intra school competitions,   • Extracurricular clubs,   • No Strings Badminton sessions,   • Clubs.
Herts Coach Education Weeks  every February are a great success.  See HSP website for 2017. SportsCoachUK workshops available: Like Good Practice and Child Protection, etc
Long Term Athlete Development information.
List of Herts coaches is on the HBA Coaching webpage

If you are paid for providing coaching, instruction or tuition and tax is not deducted and you don’t include that income on a tax return or have an adjustment already in your tax code, then please see the updated HMRC guidance 

Funding for Individuals and Clubs


See BE SafeGuarding webpage

CRB merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Click for more information.

Coaches needing or renewing a DBS should email BE Safeguarding to request access to the  national online ‘TM CRB’ processing system

For a list of Badminton England appointed verifiers please browse the online system at the point of making your DBS application or email

Herts Coachmark simplifies coaching in schools – one certificate to cover community and school coaching with no paperwork to present -and brings other benefits, click here.

BE Launch Coach Zone for registered coaches

click here for more information or here to: go to the BE coach Zone page

BE Coaching Resource including Videos: Kicking up a Racket

Herts Coaches website

Interesting if Controversial Newsletters from Martin Dew-Hattens    – Finding Future Champions, December 2011

How to Kill a System, May 2012

Badminton Blow-out, August 2012

Online Safeguarding Training – this course is not aimed at those people that are working directly with children, but is ideal for junior county/club committee members, assistant coaches, technical officials. Further information click here.

Report of 101 Speed and Agility Drills, 14th May at HSV

An excellent session developed and delivered by Andy Allford with a special guest appearance from Donna Kellogg. Click here for report by Brian Jackson, HBA Coaching Co-ordinator.

Sports Coach UK website update – July 2011

A resource for coaches

Sport England Club Leaders support website

      Sport England Club Leaders support website – learning bus

Racket Pack Resource for Schools, Clubs and Parents


Herts Coaches Week 21st – 25th, and Conference, 26th February

Herts Sports Partnership organised sessions of all sorts, from CPD courses like Safeguarding and Protecting Children to Strengthand Fitness for Badminton – over 1400 places in all (not all were badminton related!).

Gobi Ranganathan and Phil Gray ran a Coaching Badminton for People with Disabilities Workshop that had several enjoyable moments.

See more course photos on Flickr.

At the Conference on Saturday, Nick Goode, from the Goode Academy, delivered a Masterclass on common junior problems and how to coach for them. There were many different sessions on offer – free to Herts Coachmark coaches (£10 otherwise): our keynote speaker was John Amaechi, former NBA basketball star, best-selling author and physchology PhD and David Turner offered ‘An Educational Perspective on Mentoring in Sports Coaching’. As a Principla Lecturer in Sports Studies at the University of Hertfordshire, this was an ideal topic for David.

Keeping Safe From The Taxman

‘The taxman (Revenue & Customs; HMRC; Small Business Compliance) are all under pressure to collect more tax! In the past, tax inspections have been been unlikely (under 2%) but doubled last year, and are likely to increase in future. Tax Inspectors were given new powers in 2009, including targets to meet. Small businesses are more likely to be inspected than professionals.’ ‘Sport is considered a priority for inspection.’  See notes from GB Sport Solutions workshop from Gill Bartlett.

See HMRC ‘Responses to Questions’ September 2010

BE Coaches Update information provided at the conference by Julia Strong, BE Club Future Manager, comprised:

Performance Center Coaches Manual – containing useful information like assessment schemes

– Kicking up a Racket The aim of the Kicking up a Racket resource is to provide coaches, leaders and helpers with a series of lessons designed to meet the needs of children and young adults at introductory levels of our sport.  Whilst the resource has been designed to support the programme initiatives Premier League 4Sport and Change 4 Life, it can be used by any coach or leader to provide sessions that are: – Fun, innovative and vibrant – Emphasis on players learning to hit the shuttle and rally

– Opportunity to learn through play – – Commits to maximising  the involvement of everyone – Provides a range of activities at different levels

– Maximises opportunity for players to experience success Within the resource, which comprises both hardcopy and website videos, you will notice the young people using Bisi equipment.  If you would like to purchase Bisi equipment please go to

More info on HSP site on Coaching.


Herts Coaches Visit the National Badminton Centre and to see and speak with National Coaches and Players in Action

County Coaching Co-ordinator, Brian Jackson (Centre of photo), organised the visit.  The 10 of us were warmly welcomed, saw top England coaches like Julian Robertson and Peter Jeffery coaching out top international players like Jenny Olver, Gabby White, Rajiv Ouseph,…  After a tour around the BE site, and a question and answer session with the coaches we had a good lunch together in the restaurant.

To see more photos from the visit on Flickr, click here – opens in new window.