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List of Coaches

Coaches below are qualified* at UK Coaching Council Level 2 or Level 3 and have indicated that they may be available if anyone requires coaching.

Please contact each coach to discuss fees charged and court hire cost.  Anyone hiring a coach is advised to check the coach’s period of insurance cover and, if appropriate, check whether the coach’s DBS check and safeguarding/child protection accreditation are up to date.  

(There are many other coaches in Suffolk).

* Any coach on this list may not currently have maintained his/her coach registration with Badminton England.

Name (alphabetical)


Additional information


George Caplin

Based: Southwold, Beccles & Lowestoft

07787 114226

(any time)

Varied availability. Currently coaching all ages with different levels of experience (beginner through to top county players).  Have a variety of groups available depending on players needs.  Also available for private tuition.  Achieved Coach Licence with Badminton England March 2016.

Email: george_caplin@outlook.com


Bob Chamberlain

Based: Ipswich

01473 413838

Registered Level 2 coach since 2011. My main focus is coaching at the YMCA Junior Club and acting as resident coach for beginners/improvers at Corinthians Badminton Club. I have limited free time but can often make time during weekdays and early evenings to assist beginners/improvers with the basics.

Email: chamb.bob@gmail.com


Anthony Isherwood

Based: Ipswich

01473 311104

(after 6pm)

Email: atrc71@dsl.pipex.com


Mike McCarthy

Based: Ipswich

07531 236442

(office hours)

Email: mike@activlives.org.uk


Mark Methven

Based: Bury St.Edmunds / Ipswich

07711 851070

(any time)

Ex National Coach of Portugal, Ireland and England (2x). Level 3 and first coach in UK to gain the Coach Licence. Currently Head Coach at the Ipswich Badminton Performance Centre.  Accredited in Safeguarding/Child Protection, First Aid, Mentoring and DBS checked.  Badminton coaching available for all ages and standards and also to help other coaches if required. Feel free to contact me for more information.

Email: markmethven@btinternet.com


Mike Tee

Based: Ipswich

07740 839617

(any time)

Coaching for 15 years with experience working with groups and one to one. Coaching for both juniors and adults from beginners/improvers to Club/County levels. Member of the coaching team at the Ipswich Badminton Performance Centre.

Available to coach any age from 7 years and upwards during the day Monday-Thursday and Monday, Wednesday or Friday evenings.

Email: mike.tee@virgin.net


Helen Thornton

Based: Ipswich

07954 387509

(any time)

Badminton coaching available for enthusiastic players of all ages and abilities. Level 3 Head Coach in Badminton, Personal Trainer and Nutritional Advisor. Former East of England Junior Champion and Senior County Champion, as well as National League basketball player and England international indoor cricketer and team manager.

Email: helenthornton1878@gmail.com . Facebook: Ardent Badminton Coach


Louise Tooke

Based: Felixstowe / Ipswich

01394 823100


Eleven years coaching experience and over 35 years playing experience in the IDBL league. Helps coach the Suffolk Under-13 Squad. Holds Sports Coach UK certificates in ‘Safeguarding & Protecting Children’, ‘Working with Disabled People in Sport’ and ‘First Aid in Sport’, Up-to-date CRB from Badminton England. Willing to coach juniors and adults from beginners/improvers to intermediate/club/league levels. Could be available weekdays, including after-school hours, and weekends.

Email: louise.tooke@btinternet.com


John White

Based: Saxmundham

01728 602496

(5pm-6pm or leave message)

Available Friday daytime, some evenings or weekends possible.
Currently coaching Thorpeness Junior Club and
the Suffolk Under-15 Squad.


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Training Courses for Coaches

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Invitation to Coaches

Coaches are welcome to visit the Yonex Ipswich Badminton Performance Centre to see up-to-date coaching techniques. To arrange a suitable date and time, please contact the Head Coach, Mark Methven, telephone 07711 851070 or email: markmethven@btinternet.com.