Newcastle University Badminton Club
The Badminton club has multiple teams competing at the top end of the BUCS league structure, local league teams and a well established social scene. An coaching team of three offer group/individual court practice and strength and conditioning support.
Four teams compete in the BUCS league structure with the ladies squad retaining premiership status for the 20/21 season. Despite winning division 1 the men's 1st team missed out on the chance to play for premiership status due to unfortunate restrictions imposed since the corona virus outbreak. BUCS Individuals are an important part of the calendar for the club, recently attaining a bronze medal through Shu En Lee.
The club take part in events outside of the BUCS league structure including bronze and silver senior competitions, normally held at the excellent Tyneside Badminton Centre. Players also have the opportunity to compete against the regions finest in the Northumberland Leagues with the club operating a men's, ladies and mixed team.
University Badminton continues to go from strength to strength, due to a well-structured program carried out under the supervision and guidance of UKCC Badminton Level 3 coach Martin Fagan. Martin is supported by Head of Strength and Conditioning and Level 2 badminton coach Richard Eaton and current student and Level 2 badminton coach James Anderson. Individual and group sessions are spread across the week to compliment BUCS and local league fixtures.
Level 3 accredited coach Martin Fagan heads up the coaching team at Newcastle. A Northumberland badminton legend with numerous titles to his name he has represented the County for over 25 years. Martin has represented England at masters international level and is still a revered doubles player in the local leagues for British Telecom, passing on all his expertise to our students. He is also runs the junior performance program for Northumberland.
Currently the Head of Strength and Conditioning at Newcastle Richard Eaton is also a Level 2 accredited badminton coach who helps Martin deliver sessions on a weekly basis. Rich has over 15 years of coaching experience and alongside his other work is also the Head Coach of the Falkland Islands, leading the team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He still plays at a high level representing the British Telecom team locally and Northumberland at county level.
James Anderson arrived from Nottingham University in the 2019/20 season and helped the men's 1st team comfortably win the division 1 title. Not only a quality player that leads by example, James has his level 2 coaching qualifications which he's putting to good use working individually with key players.
The university has various indoor and outdoor facilities across Newcastle for our students and staff. The University Sports Centre is located on the main campus in the heart of Newcastle and is where our players practice, play home matches, access strength and conditioning, sports massage and fitness classes.
A £30 million redevelopment is currently underway and due to be completed in September 2019. The extension is already built and in use featuring an eight court sports hall, gym, four squash courts, Sport and Exercise Science labs and spin studio.