The Badminton club has four teams competing in the BUCS league structure with the ladies 1st team retaining their place in the Northern Premiership. Outside of the University structure there are plenty of opportunities in the locality for our players to develop and compete at their level.


The team’s training is split between three group coaching sessions on Tuesday evenings, Friday mornings and Sunday afternoons. Social sessions are open to casual players once per week and the club are always on the lookout for new talent.


The club compete in at least two competitions/events outside of the BUCS structure per year to give students different competitive opportunities. Players also have the opportunity to compete against local clubs in the Northumberland Leagues, many being based in the Tyneside Badminton Centre close by.


University Badminton continues to go from strength to strength, due to a well-structured, rigorous and intensive training program carried out under the supervision and guidance of UKCC Badminton Level 3 coach Martin Fagan. A Northumberland badminton legend with numerous titles to his name he has represented the County for over 25 years.

The University's Centre for Physical Recreation and Sports combines various indoor and outdoor facilities across Newcastle for our students and staff. The main centre is located on the main campus in the heart of Newcastle and is where our players access strength and conditioning, sports massage and fitness classes.


A £30 million redevelopment and extension is currently underway and due to be completed in September 2019, featuring an eight court sports hall, gym, four squash courts, Sport and Exercise Science labs, spin studio and second strength and conditioning room. 

Tyneside Badminton Centre is a high quality facility located in the West End of Newcastle, only a short taxi ride away for any students. It has nine courts with fully sprung floors, viewing galleries and plenty of court space. The Centre also has an array of on-site services including a shop, sports massage/physiotherapy and re-stringing services.                   



Martin Fagan

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.

Richard Eaton

Currently the Head of Strength and Conditioning at Newcastle, Rich 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.

Ross Drummond

Ross is a UKSCA accredited coach, has completed a MSc in Strength & Conditioning and has over 5 years of experience. Ross delivers the strength and conditioning support program to both teams. Outside of the University he has worked in various roles, notably for the RFUW as North Divisional S&C coach, and in professional sport coaching Sunderland Ladies FC (Development and 1st team squads). He is currently the lead multi-sport S&C coach for the English Institute of Sport, North-East region.


Group Coaching - Friday mornings, Tuesday mornings and Sunday afternoons

BUCS Fixtures - Wednesday afternoons

Northumberland Premiership - Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons

Local Individual Competitions - Various weekends

Strength and Conditioning - Monday and Friday evenings

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