Whilst providing quality coaching our coaches will aim to maintain a safe encouraging, friendly and enjoyable but at the same time professional environment.
Chris Tonks - Head Coach Level 3
Chris was an England International player, representing England from 2000 to 2007, reaching England Number 2 in doubles at the height of his professional career and a world ranking of no 39. His achievements included playing at the European Championships, winning a number of international tournaments and being part of the England team in the Thomas Cup Finals. Chris was Head Coach at the Shirley and Solihull Badminton Club & Performance Centre near Birmingham for 4 years and is part of a pool of coaches used by Badminton England.
Vikki Primmer Level 2 Coach
With an outstanding background as a professional player and over 15 years of teaching experience, Vikki brings both her passion and her expertise to the court, helping you believe & achieve!
Vikki competed in National and International level tournaments, reaching semi finals and finals of many domestic and international
Vikki has been the Berkshire Ladies Singles Champion for six years running and has represented the senior Berkshire 1st team since she was 13.
While she was based at the University of Bath, Vikki managed to reach her highest ranking of 12 in the U19 National Singles rankings. She also participated in the UK school games,
representing England, and was the
Vikki has been a fully qualified Level 2 Badminton Coach for 2 years.
Scott Ellis Level 2 Coach
I started playing badminton when I was around 10 years old, representing the county at the age of 12 and country at 14. I was lucky enough to play throughout Europe and the UK, winning a number of tournaments. They were good times, I trained hard and played hard. Berkshire county badminton is my passion, and before going into semi-retirement at the age of 40 I collected over 200 first team caps for Berkshire winning 13 singles, 16 doubles and 8 mixed Berkshire Restricted titles.
My 4 children are now also starting to play the sport, so now is a good time to try and give something back, and pass something on about a sport that has been very good to me these past 30 years.
I am currently a Level 2 coach.
Chris Tompkins Level 2 Coach
I began playing Badminton at the age of 14 having been a top local Table Tennis player. I have won a number of local League Tournaments and many divisional titles in the Reading, Bracknell and Newbury leagues. I played County over 40s on a number of occasions but injury put an end to serious play.
I have been a coach since 2000 and have coached for the County since gaining my coaching badge, initially working with U17 backup players. For 4 years I worked under Ricardo Fernandes where I learnt a huge amount about the sport, coaching Raw Performance and below. I run my own junior club (Kennet Junior Badminton Club) in Thatcham.
I have attended coaching sessions lead by a number of top National and International coaches including Lee Jay Bok, Steve Butler, Alison Pearson, Bob Reed, George Bevan to name a few.
I have mentored players working towards their own coaching badges.
I have coached from Beginner to Advanced Juniors and Beginner to Local League Division 1 Adults.