Coaches and Officials

People may be interested in improving their knowledge and skills and this can be for personal performance improvement (at any age), or to qualify as an official or coach to help others. The main courses are shown on this page and Coaching Courses for Coaches.

The new BE No strings  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.

HSP may provide a 50% subsidy to Level 1s wanting to take a Level 2 course in April 2014 to those supporting people with disabilities: contact HSP Coaching Manager, Rob Hardwick.

 A list of Herts BE- Registered
coaches who may be contacted directly for help, hints and tips or formal coaching, can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page.

BADMINTON England’s Education and Training team are delighted to announce a brand new partnership with North Hertfordshire College. 

Herts County Council’s advice to schools is clear: “we recommend that schools employ those coaches who meet minimum standards and are registered with CoachMark.”  There are advantages to badminton coaches to register with this scheme.

Coaches or helpers of those under 18 years, or vulnerable adults,  require a Criminal Records Bureau check, now called DBS.  See the
BE webpage for current information.
Changes to Disclosure and Barring, September
The government has made changes some of which will take place now, others
in 2013.  Click here.
Clubmark courses for Clubs and Coaches. Safeguarding & Protecting Children, etc, at Herts Sports Partnership, click here
101 Speed and Agility Drills
- at various dates and venues e.g. Hertfordshire Sports Village, Hatfield. For information and booking click here

New BADMINTON England Leader Award Launched!
The award is designed for those 16+, who have already gained a qualification in leadership, such as a Level 1 in Sports Leadership (SL1), a Level 2 in Community Sports Leadership Award (CSLA), a Certificate from a Day Sports Leader Awards, another National Governing Body award or practical experience. The on-line course comprises:

1.       Event Leader - looks at identifying the difference between different types of events and takes the learner through the stages required to plan, set-up and run an event.

2.      Club Leader - looks to identify the key elements, policies and procedure to run a club successfully. It also covers the main roles and responsibilities within a club and helps the learner to become more actively involved in their club.

3.      Activity Leader - looks to identify suitable activities for a group, considering aspects such as participants and equipment. It also enables the learner to plan activities for a group whilst providing support for the planning and implication of an activity.

See BADMINTON England website for more information

Enthusiastic Smash Up Leaders for 13-16 year old pupils' sessions needed

Courses for officials
Details for Officials Assistant, Referees and Umpires, appear on the BE website, click here.

Courses to qualify as a Coach
Can be found through the Coaching Course menu links on the left, or click here 

Personal Performance
Sports Centres often run courses for groups either organised by themselves or through other agencies such as individual coaches - see list below, Herts Badminton Association, BADMINTON England or Herts Sport Partnjership.  See the link for Sports Centres, on the left, for contact details.

Individual Coaching from Coaches
Below is a list of Herts coaches that are happy to show their details here.  They may be contacted directly.  However, for other coaches that are Registered but not shown, then please contact HBA Coaching Co-ordinator, Brian Jackson.   A key to the meaning of the Grades is at the bottom of the table.
 coaches who may be contacted directly
Town name1 name2 county Phone e-mail Grade 
Amersham Frances Morrison Bucks 07979 242240 AC, Level 1 & 2 Course Tutor-Assessor
Bishops Stortford Mr P Barton Herts 01279 654464 L
Brookmans Park Mrs A Blowers Herts 01707 656572 L2
Codicote Mrs J MacFarlane Herts 01438 820710
Dane End Mr B Jackson Herts 01920 438561 L2 and County Coaching Co-ordinator
Flamstead, nr St Albans Dave Westwood Herts 01582 841287 CP1
Harpenden Martin Wood Herts 01582 763016 07715 108680
Hatfield Chris Fisher Herts 01707 262702 L2
Goffs Oak (Hertford) Phil Hammond Herts 07740 648 183 L2
Hertford Mr N Blake Herts

Doug Clark Herts 01920 462279 L2
Mrs HJ Levins Herts 01992 558491
Jim Robson Herts 01992 503780 Jim
Mrs P Walker Herts

Hitchin Anthony Searle Herts 01462 436297
Mr R Green Herts 01462 640647 L2
Hoddesdon Mr C Meadows Herts  
Knebworth Philip Gray Herts 01438 235438 Email
see also
Letchworth Jonathan Pancutt Herts 01462 624314
Potters Bar Ken Winchester Herts

Mrs Marion Conway Herts 01707 652061 L
Rickmansworth Richard Doling Herts 07946 533773
St Albans Mrs D Rogers Herts

Mr A Mitchell Herts 01727 840760   I
Mr Andrew Pugh Herts Email


Mr Steve Willis Herts 01727 760376
Stanstead Abbotts Mr J Monk Herts 01920 870149
Stevenage David  Brown Herts 07880 731688 UKCC L2
Bruce Chinnery Herts 01438 725252
Philip Gray Herts 01438 235438 Email
see also
Ware Mr Victor Large Herts 01920 423414
Doug Clark Herts 01920 462279 L2
Watford Philip Adams Herts


166367 UKCC L2
Welwyn David Bartlett Herts 01438 715374

Level 2. 

Pre-2006 Teachers Award Course and CSLA Tutor-assessor.

Gill Bartlett Herts 01438 715374 L2
Welwyn Garden City Nick Goode Herts 01707 892892 CP1
John Stobo Herts 01707 332665 L2   

Level 1:    L = Leader,    E=Elementary,  Club, Te=Teacher,  As Co = Assistant Coach (from Sep04 onwards), UKCC Level 1

Level 2:    I=Instructor, CP1= Coach Part1,  Co=County Coach:   New from Sep 04,  'Level 2', UKCC Level 2

Level 3:    CP3= Coach Part3,   AC = Advanced Coach

Dates for Your Diary

The All England Seniors Open Championships will this year be held at Hertfordshire Sports Village: 11th- 13th April
Friday: Singles 09.00 - 22.00 Saturday: Doubles 09.00 - 22.00 Sunday: Mixed 09.00 - 19.00
We need 2 or 3 volunteers each day to act as Court Managers. This role will supervise one of the 4 court sections; getting players on/off court, control knocking times, distributing and clearing shuttles. The court manager also acts as the eyes and ears of Referee notifying them of any problems that may arise and referring any queries on The Laws or regulations to the Referee. Travel expenses will be covered up to £5, and food vouchers or subsidy provided (accommodation cannot be provided).  If you can help please email: Emma at HSP:
Herts Level 1 Coaching Course
Dates: 21st& 28thJune & 12thJuly Times: 9.30am – 4.30pm all days
Venue: North Hertfordshire College, Cambridge Rd, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 0JD
 Deadline for applications 21st May: For info and application form click here to go to the Coaches Course webpage.
Workshops for Coaches and Club Organisers

GBSport run workshops for sports coaches and administrators that focus on the essentials of operating legally and safely. Their aim is to help coaches, etc., be professional in the services they provide. Some of your bodies approve these courses for licence credits, etc. The workshops in Hatfield are particularly aimed at those of you who are running, or thinking of running, your own business.

-         Business Essentials on Monday 14 April, 10a.m.-2p.m. Click here

-         Marketing Essentials on Tuesday 15 April, 10a.m.-2p.m. Click here


21st Edition of the Bayonne Badminton Tournament
      May 30h & 31th, 2014
at the Lauga gymnasium (Palais Omnisports de Bayonne)
It  will include participants from A,B,C,D and Nc levels
For more information and joining forms go to their website

 Herts Badminton Association AGM
7:30 pm 2nd June
Birchwood Leisure Centre, Hatfield
Speaker and Agenda to be confirmed
Trials for HSBA age-group squads for the 2014/15 season
Trials for County Under 11, Under 13 and Under 17 squads will be held at Hertfordshire Sports Village, University of Hertfordshire de Havilland Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9EU on Sunday 22 June at the following times:

 11.00-13.00 hours Under 17 (Players born in 1998 or 1999)

 13.00-15.00 hours Under 11 (Players born in 2004 or later)

 15.00-18.00 hours Under 13 (Players born in 2002 or 2003)

Trials for the Under 15 squad (Players born in 2000 or 2001) will be held at Gosling Sports Park, Stanborough Rd, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6XE on Sunday 29 June from 15.00-18.00 hours. For more information go to HSBA website  


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