Drum Teacher Nottingham

Badminton coaching

In 2015 Jim got involved with his brother's badminton club, Safari Badminton. Initially helping out with junior coaching, Jim has since gone on to complete his UKCC Level 2 qualification and has been training alongside former world top 20 player Martyn Lewis and former England player Neil White for several years. Martyn is head of performance badminton at the University of Nottingham; Neil is head coach for both senior and junior Notts county squads, and Notts Outlaws which coordinates most of the junior performance players county wide.

Through extensive shadowing at junior and senior levels, specifically in primary school settings, Jim has become a professional coach whom children enjoy learning from. Many teachers have commented that they've learned a great deal about how to organise multiskills sessions for children, and he's always keen to enrich school programmes through training and skill sharing. He imports his philosophy of hard work mixed with fun and fundamentals directly from his music teaching career, helping children build confidence and physical literacy before developing specialised badminton skills. As in music, personal discipline and interpersonal skills are just as important as talent if learners are going to make good progress both indivudually and with peers.

Above: A school hall set for a mini festival with different activities at the end of a 6 week block.

Working alongside Badminton England and the Greater Nottingham Badminton Network (local authorities, schools, NGBs, universities, Outlaws, coaches, charities), Jim is often able to assist with funding for taster sessions, so please get in touch if you'd like to arrange a visit for your school. As part of a well-established network of badminton professionals, the sessions Jim delivers are high quality and meet all national curriculum requirements; provide quality exit routes to local social and competitive clubs for life-long healthy lifestyles; and are excellent value for money - particularly when compared with multisport provider companies which are always financially inefficient.

As part of our Sports Provision at High Oakham Primary School, we are always looking for opportunities for the children to experience, learn and take part in a variety of different sports or physical activities. This enables children to find something that they enjoy and be physically active. We have recently started the Nottingham Badminton Association Primary School Programme with a qualified coach coming into school for an afternoon a week and to run an after school club. The programme is set out in developmental stages and is delivered professionally. The sessions have been tailored to the needs of the children with them being able to progress through a variety of skills. Most importantly, the children have very much enjoyed the sessions.

Peter Mansfield - head (ret) at High Oakham

Jim also offers private coaching for individuals, specialising in developing footwork and tactics for those playing at local league level.

Above: Jim assisting Steve Farey and Martyn Lewis at a Safari Badminton adult Performance Coaching session.

"Lose your dreams and you might lose your mind." - Mick Jagger

"Good music is good no matter what kind of music it is." - Miles Davis

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything." - Plato