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.
Mervin Gibbs Level 3 Coach
I have coached back to back England Number 1 Rajiv Ouseph and Amir Gaffer as well as countless Middlesex juniors since 1987.
I was the Performance Head Coach for "DOME" Performance Centre in Middlesex from September 2009 to August 2013.
In my playing career I was winner of All England Seniors Men's Doubles 2003 and 2004
Represented England Seniors from 2001 TO 2008
European bronze medallist Men's Doubles 2004.
I Represented England in the All England Open Championships 6 times (1985-1991)
My best achievement was unfortunately losing to the World Champions (Park Jo Bong and Chung Mungh Kee) 18-15 in the 3rd set of the 3 round of the All-England Championships in 1988.
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. I have collected 170 first team caps for Berkshire and over 185 caps in total. I have won 12 singles, 15 doubles and 7 mixed Berkshire Restricted titles. In my teens (coached in the main by Bob Reed) and during my 20’s I was lucky enough to play the circuit all over the UK winning a number of tournaments. They were good times, I trained hard and played hard. I was lucky to play a fair bit in Europe too.
I have always wanted to coach so I think now is a good time to try and give something back, pass something on about a sport that has been very good to me these past 30 years. I am now 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.
Chris Hudson Level 2 Coach
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Samara Farrow Level 2 Coach
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