A bit about Ian – 

"I was born in Croydon and lived most of my life around that area, apart from a few years in the Gulf where I learned to swim among other things. I have completed several 5K swimathons for Marie Curie and a few channel swims ( the indoor pool equivalents!).

     I quit smoking in 2002 after 15 years a smoker which was not easy to do, and was diagnosed type 2 diabetic in 2005, requiring me to change my lifestyle radically.

     I have completed over 100 fun runs. I entered into the Flora London Marathon in 2009 and got around safely.

     I played badminton as a boy with my parents and at school but only took it up again in 2000 at the age of 29 as an entertaining way to exercise. I have won a few local club tournaments and played in the local leagues for Coulsdon and Purley Badminton Club, and more recently for Stevenage All Strings.

     I began coaching in 2003 as an assistant and passed my UKCC Level 2 coaching award in 2008, allowing me to deliver sessions on my own.

     I like to introduce badminton into people’s lives as part of healthy living , rather than a way of life itself. It can be very therapeutic for people in rehabilitation or convalescence, is excellent for mobility and anaerobic exercise, can help build and develop character from badminton etiquette and competition, and is fantastic for meeting and socialising with like minded people. "

Why Hire Us ?...

As a Coach :-

i) I passed my Leaders award in Gillingham and enrolled as a coach on the Badminton England register (April 13th, 2003)

ii) I passed my Level one assistant coach award in Dorset (15th January , 2007)

iii) I passed my UKCC Level two coach award in Bournemouth ( 2nd February , 2008)

iv) I passed a Young Officials Award for Tutors course and can deliver this officiating award to students aged 14 to 19. ( March 2009)

v) I passed The Badminton Junior Helpers Award ( now called The Young Leaders Award) for Tutors and I am able to teach this junior leadership development award as a coach.

(April 2009)

vi) I attended module 1 of the Level three coach award, including a “Mentoring in Sport” seminar. (2010)

vii) I attended a course on disability badminton and can deliver disability sessions including wheelchair badminton (2011).

viii) I attended a sports nutrition course (2011)

ix) I attended a safeguarding children workshop (2011)

x) I attended the World Coaching Conference (2011)

xi) I have participated in two of Nathan Robertson and Gail Emm’s “Masterclasses”(2011)

xii) I passed a Sports Psychology Diploma from Stonebridge Associated Colleges with Distinction (2012)

xiii) I passed a Sports Science Diploma from Stonebridge Associated Colleges with Distinction (2013)

xiv) I attended a Makaton Foundation Course – Modules 1 to 4. (July 2013)

xv) I attended a course at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes and am a Badminton England-accredited Smash up! Activator (July 2013)

xvi) I attended an Agility Course and a Plyometric Course ( August 2013)

xvii) I attended a Line Judging Course and am a probationary Badminton England Line Judge ( August 2013)

xviii) I am Badminton England-accredited to offer Essentials Coaching courses to accompany No Strings Badminton ( October 2013)

xix) I attended a BE-accredited MEDAL workshop entitled “Improving Overhead Power”. (2015)

xx) I passed a Sports Coaching Diploma from Stonebridge Associated Colleges with Distinction (2015)

xxi) Attended a Strength and Conditioning workshop at Herts Sports Village (2016)

xxii) Completed an e-learning course on "Inspiring positive behaviour in sport" from Sports Coach UK (2016)

xxiii) Completed the e-learning courses "Disability Awareness" , "An introduction to nutrition" , and "Mentoring coaches in badminton" from Badminton England (2016)

xxiv) I am qualified to provide Badminton England "Racket Pack" sessions to Primary Schools (2017)