Customer Testimonials

Birthday Parties...

Wendy Sims ( Anton’s Nana )

“Dear Ian , Just a note to thank you and Ku Qureshi again for all the hard work you put into Anton’s party, he had a really great time.”

In Schools...

Sophie Rigby, Fairfields Primary, Cheshunt

"The children loved the badminton sessions, and a lot of the older children really took an interest into the sport. The equipment you provided was great which we will put to good use!"

Bethany Gorton, Dewhurst St Marys Primary, Cheshunt

"...thank you so much! I know the children really enjoyed their sessions."

Vicki Markham, Bear Cubs Nursery, Hoddesdon

"I am pleasantly surprised at how well the children have done, and think Ian has done a fantastic job of taking it down to their level!"

Richard Ashdown, Head of Physical Education at Goffs Academy

“I have been really impressed with the ease at which we can include quality Badminton coaching into our extra curricular programme and having a highly qualified coach as well as someone who engages well with the age range of participants is a huge plus.”

Steph Tilbury, Head of PE at Abel Smith Primary, Hertford

“We have had some fantastic sessions from Ian for the last 6 weeks. He has taught the children a wide variety of activities that kept them excited to learn new skills. The children are showing such an interest in Badminton that we’ve arranged to participate in the rackets festival in January and I have been able to suggest local clubs for children to continue developing their skills if they wish to.”

Neil Gamester, Head of PE at Dame Alice Owens, Potter Bar

“The sessions were fantastic – you were really enthusiastic and the pupils really benefited from your expertise.”

Melanie Green, PE Teacher at Brooklands JMI, Cheshunt

“Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. Thanks again for the sessions. The kids absolutely loved it and keep asking to do more.”

Leila Keenan, PE Teacher at St Josephs Primary, Hertford

“Thank you so much for your teaching and generosity of the new nets. The children loved learning badminton and the nets will come in handy too, with future classes!”

Alastair Cooper, PE teacher at St Andrews Primary, Stanstead Abbotts

“Yes, thank you. I will be looking out for any information from Sandy Edwards with regards to badminton going forward.”

Sally Stevens, PE teacher at Watton at Stone Primary, Watton at Stone

“Thank you for the coaching days they were very helpful for me!”

Eddie Macloughlin, PE teacher at Forres Primary, Hoddesdon

“Thank you so much for the badminton sessions. The feedback I have received from the children has been excellent and they very much enjoyed the sessions. “

Gemma Tait, PE teacher, Sele Secondary, Hertford

“Yes, the students have enjoyed the sessions many thanks”

Millie Downes, organiser, Hatfield

“Thank you again for attending the event and organising the badminton. I really do appreciate your relentless passion - I wish every community we work in had an individual such as yourself! We've had some great feedback from the badminton and fingers crossed we receive the funding again next year and we'll be able to inspire a new group of young people to give it a go and join their local sports club!”

Kirsty Eddison, Sports Director, St Albans High School for Girls, St Albans.

“The girls have really enjoyed the sessions and this is reflected in the numbers that attend on a weekly basis. The girls are always enthused about it.”

Sean Brettell, Head of PE, Peartree Primary School, Welwyn.

“thank you for your continued hard work to the children. They thoroughly enjoyed the sessions.”

Sarah Steadman, Head of PE, Monks Walk Secondary School, Welwyn.

“You've been a pleasure to work with and a true professional. I hope our paths cross again soon.”

Mark Fiztsimons, Head of PE, Ashtree Primary, Stevenage.

" The student feedback has been extremely positive, so much so that we are going to look at investing in badminton facilities for next year. They really loved the lessons, and the variety of games used in the lessons. As the supervising teacher, I could see your passion for your sport, and I feel it reflected onto the students engagement in the sessions.Thanks so much"

Sarah Parry, Head of PE, Roding Valley High School, Loughton.

"We found your session extremely valuable. It was a great way to prepare for their YOA this coming Thursday. The resources you used to support the session were very good. Again, thank you very much."

Mark Wallace – Head of Boarders at Caterham school “Ian has been a positive addition to our extra-curricular programme in the boarding community. He is an enthusiastic badminton coach who communicates his experience very easily to a range of age groups and cultures. He is always punctual, organised, friendly and enthusiastic.”

Coralea Meade - Nonsuch High School, Cheam.

" Ian was punctual and organised. He had a great manner with the girls - they responded well and got a lot from the session - we would definitely use him again."

Vanessa Salem - Warlingham School SSP.

"Thank you for supporting our Sports Fair. We are really appreciative of all the time you have given us."

Mr D Pitt - Head of Physical Education ,Thomas More Catholic School, Purley.

“Ian is a remarkable coach who not only has the technical ability and know how regarding the game of badminton, but, inspires young people to take part and progress in the game.Throughout his time at Thomas More,Ian continually shows his professionalism by turning up early, continually stretching the students through well planned sessions and his stringent organisation. Ian is a remarkably helpful and polite person who is respected by the students. All of the students who have taken part in his sessions have immensely enjoyed and learnt a great deal. We look forward to his continued work at the school.”

Ellie Atkinson – Sports Co-ordinator at Woodcote HS

“ Ian is always on time, always dressed suitably for activity. He is friendly and has good subject knowledge. He covers all areas and is good at motivating the students. Lots of good drills etc.!”

Fiona Tamplin – Sports Co-ordinator at Riddlesdown HS

“I would hire Ian again. Very helpful sessions. The pupils learned a great deal. Thankyou.”

Sue Harrison – Croydon College enrichment co-ordinator

“We would definitely hire Ian again to run our Enrichment Badminton course.”

Jane Paton – Head of PE at Ridgeway Primary, Sanderstead “I feel all the criteria were met and we will definitely be asking Ian to continue with coaching the staff.”

Claire Baker – Head of PE at Virgo Fidelis school, Beulah Hill “Ian developed a good understanding with students and staff.”

Naomi Smith – Sports coordinator,Norbury Manor school “ Yes, we would hire Ian again.”

Amy Roseweir – Royal Russell School, South Croydon. “ Ian was ready to fit in with our casual / social function. The videos were a good idea. It was good of Ian to mix in with all activity levels.”

Becky Forshaw – Lanfranc SSP

“Thanks…….the session went well and the girls enjoyed it !”

Rhian Walsh, Organiser of the Road to Rio Primary school Games, WGC.

"I would just like to say a massive thank you for all your support and delivery on the day. The children loved it and schools were very impressed with the day."

In Clubs....

Eva Hansova - Parent of Hatfield Junior players, David and Dann

"Just to let you know, we would like thank you for your continual badminton support and mostly endless challenging our boys They are ever so happy with the prizes they are receiving and they feel they work hard. It’s one of their favourite sport, therefore thank you again our loyal coach!"

Daniella Schillaci - Parent of John Warner Players, Carlo and Marco

"...they have LOVED it and were thrilled with their honestly is the boys highlight of the week...they really like the other children, it is fun and they get to keep fit ! Thank you again."

Melissa Mileham – Parent of Swifts Junior players, Hollie and Ashton

“Thank you very much today for taking the time to make it all possible. Hollie and Ashton had a great time, as did all of the children and they did well too which was an unexpected bonus so THANK YOU.”

Ankit Tyagi – No Strings Hatfield LC (Social player)

“Must say - it was a great experience last Sunday and will definitely recommend to sincere members.”

Uche Mere, Social Player in Furzefield Centre,Potters Bar.

“Coach Ian injected a lot of energy and enthusiasm into his coaching methods which made it fun for our group of beginners to intermediate players. He coached our group on a variety of badminton skills and techniques whilst instilling the vital basics. This has raised the overall level of play of the group. Coach Ian was also very flexible in adapting the course to suit our mixed abilities and schedule. We would definitely recommend Coach Ian to other badminton clubs wishing to improve their level of play to the next level and beyond. “

Ron Edmunds, Social Over 70s player in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.

“I had one session with Ian and am very pleased with his coaching. Having mentioned I wanted help with a couple weaknesses, he put me through some exercises for these with tips on how to improve strokes and also apply variations of them. He is also sharp-eyed in noticing faults in positioning and correcting them. I will certainly be looking for more coaching from Ian.”

Paul Arrantash, Social badminton player in Hertfordshire

“I found my coaching session very helpful, and as a result my badminton has improved. Now I am thinking more about what I am doing with my movement on the court and how I connect with the shuttlecock. What I liked about the session is that you listened to which aspects I needed to improve and concentrated on my weakness, so it felt like a tailor-made session which suited me. I would recommend you and may book another coaching session for myself in the future."

Peter Giles, Club and No Strings Player in Hatfield.

“I attended coaching on Saturday 11th March 2017 and Ian was punctual, dressed smartly. Ian is friendly, approachable and understanding as previous training had not been mastered as well as expected by me and he made account of this. This is my second lesson and I thought the price very reasonable, he is helpful and explained why the shots he taught were useful. He had previously analysed my style of play and pointed out that "this shot" could replace something I already do and would give me more flexibility, I thought that quite an insightful observation. The subjects taught were relevant to what I wanted to get out and think about in my game. These topics were demonstrated and practiced well.

Ian is the second coach I have used and I have found his approach suited me and my skills very well and of the two I much prefer Ian. I will be using Ian to increase my skills on court further.”

Amanda Evans, Club and No Strings Player in Hatfield.

“I found it really useful thanks. It's those sort of tactics that I need. I just need to practise them. Thanks.”

Dave Bartlett , Chair of Welwyn Hatfield Community Badminton Network.

“…they all seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves whilst learning how to play.”

Marion Conway, Head Coach. Swifts Junior Badminton Club, Hatfield.

"You are a great addition to the Swifts JBC coaching team. You are always punctual, always good tempered, and keep the players interested whether they are 5 or ten years old. Thanks for your help."

Christian Doyle – U11 English National Boys doubles champion 2016

“I am a National Champion! I just wanted to thank you for all the help and training you gave me.”

Jim Palmer - Sampfords Youth Club

"Ian was very flexible and accommodating when I asked him to turn up earlier for the session, he was enthusiastic and got our young people motivated for the badminton session. They thoroughly enjoyed it and got on well with Ian."

Cedric Pushong – Ex- Welsh National team coach

“ Ian has worked with me at several venues over the last few years and I have watched him improve as a coach. Currently, he is assisting me with the South Croydon Juniors. I find him to be a keen and helpful coach, who presents his topics with enthusiasm, backed by the relevant research. I’m sure he will continue to improve his own knowledge of the game. I would hire him again and hope he continues his current good work with me.”

Margaret Courtney – Brownie & Guide Organiser, St Patrick’s School, Plumstead.

“Just to thank you for the excellent evening with our units, the feed back was really positive. Maybe we will be able to do it again sometime.”

Cristel Snoad - Biggin Hill Badminton Club player.

"Thank you for the inf.and advice .I am sorry that the coaching has come to an end.Did enjoy it..."

Sarah Brown - Secretary, St Andrew's Junior Badminton Club.

"Ian has been coaching the beginner and intermediate children’s groups at St Andrew’s for 4 years. In that time the membership has reached full capacity largely thanks to Ian’s enthusiasm for the sport and rapport with the players.He adapts his coaching well for the standard of play: using a selection of badminton-related fun games with the younger children but focussing more on shot technique and match tactics with the older children.Ian is extremely reliable and goes beyond his regular duties to promote the club and arrange matches. He has made an extremely positive contribution to the club and his coaching services would be highly recommended to others."

Fraser Addo – Sports Co-ordinator at Monks Hill Leisure Centre

“Ian is organised, neat, punctual, presentable, friendly, polite, approachable, informative and helpful. He covers the relevant topics technically well and with enthusiasm and we would hire him again.”

Dominc Seb – No Strings Player, Hatfield.

"Ian is friendly and has a very encouraging coaching style without being harshly critical or putting too much pressure.He is full of useful advice and you will genuinely enjoy the lessons. He always comes prepared and ready to play. "

Yikarah - Thornton Heath Leisure Centre Badminton Player.

"Thank you for organizing Tuesday evening badminton....I had a really good time....again, thank you for your commitment into making it happen."

Rob Mukerji - Monks Hill Leisure Centre Badminton Player.

"Ian is a very good coach and explains things very well indeed. He is very approachable and bends over backwards to help you improve. I would recommend Ian to anyone, no matter what stage or level of expertise they are at. With more people like Ian around, badminton should be gaining in popularity."

Denver D'Mello - Monks Hill Leisure Centre Badminton Player.

"Ian is very organised...thoughtful...very patient...approachable... someone who takes their time with you...puts their heart and soul into the game."

Nicky Godetz - Essentials Course Badminton Player.

" was great. A lovely crowd and great activities...pacey but fun too."

Richard Lane - Badminton Player.

"Thanks for today. Enjoyed and learned loads to practice !"

As physiotherapy ...

Sam Dukelow, Special Olympics St Albans Bizzy Kidz Club, Nicholas Brakespear School.

"You were there very early which was brilliant and was so kind and helpful as to bring long equipment for us to use and be able to make the session fun for our group. You presented yourself both professionally and very welcoming and open to the group and the kids all enjoyed working with you. Your knowledge and experience in badminton was very helpful for the children and you were able to keep things very basic and easy for them to understand, yet challenge them at the same time. Even though we had a very small group and had to move a smaller area you were still able to adapt the session and keep the children engaged. Both taster sessions covered lots of different activities and competitions that kept our group excited and engaged throughout. They were all able to pick up skills and techniques from your coaching and I could see the progression in the second session. I will definitely be in contact in the near future to have you back at Bizzy Kidz as they really enjoyed smash up badminton! Many thanks again!"

Stephanie Vinter - Clinical Exercise, Bethlem Royal Hospital

"Very organised and patients seem to enjoy gaining expert knowledge through various games."

As corporate social ...

Rita Horne - M & G Investments

"It was a pleasure to have Ian along...we all learned a thing or two about badminton as well!

Karen McDonnell - Border Force Agency 2012 Gold Challenge.

"We all really enjoyed the training. You made it fun and informative. The two younger players felt they improved and were included. It was a really great day and thankyou for helping us achieve this Gold challenge."

For racket and shuttle recycling...

Alistair Flowers, Herts MIND network

“Thanks to Ian’s kind donation of badminton rackets and shuttles we can now organise and facilitate a weekly badminton session in conjunction with Hertsmere Leisure for people living with anxiety and depression.”

Shariel Ben Nasik Rockameen - The Ministry of Divine Sports and Recreation at Jerusalem , Israel.

"I would like to extend my most humble thanks and gratitude for your generous donation of badminton equipment to our community. As a result, we have gained years on our lives as we enjoy this sport because of your contribution. Thank you again."

Krishna Shah - Shishukunj Croydon Centre Leader.

"I would like to express my gratitude to you for your generous donation of badminton rackets and shuttlecocks...come and visit to see how the equipment has helped us in our mission...many thanks!"

Paul Funnel - LDD Lead Officer, Integrated Youth Support Service, Croydon Council.

"A big thank you to Ian for donating badminton rackets and shuttles to our disability youth project...the young people have really enjoyed taking part in the sport."

Deacon Derek Williams - Gospel Tabernacle Assembly

"...thank you for kindly donating badminton rackets and shuttlecocks to the Youth Fellowship Activities Group."

Lorna Hunt - The Bridge Youth Group

"...appreciative to your donation and would like to say a big thank you."