Number 1 Performance Centre in England (BE PC review April 2017).
Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club (WR&FC) was first accredited as a Performance Centre by Badminton England in 2008 becoming one of the first clubs in the country to be given this status. To begin with WR&FC only offered sessions on a Saturday (found here – insert link back to junior’s page).
As the Performance Centre grew more sessions were required and in 2011 weekday sessions were put in place for players that wanted access to additional training ensuring they could compete at the highest level. Through these sessions WR&FC has seen some of the country’s best players come through the system and becoming top international players, such as former England international and current Head of Badminton Ben Beckman.
In 2014, further changes were made to the weekday sessions. A new coaching team was brought in and communication amongst coaches was increased so that players flowed through the programme much better.
In 2016, Badminton England rated WR&FC Performance Centre as a 5/5 Gold Standard Tier 1 becoming one of only two Performance Centres in the country to hold this status. Not content with this in 2017 even more sessions have been included to our junior performance programme so that we now have 2 sessions per week for each ability group. On top of this an even stronger coaching team has been employed to ensure our players receive the best training. This coaching team consists of current and former top English players. Within our current set up we have National Champions and host most of the county’s top players such as Will Jones, Tom Soderstrom, Alex Green, Sofia Nicolson and plenty more.
|Name of session||Day(s)||Time||Cost||Coach|
|Developing||Tuesday/Thursday||5-7pm||£11.00||Toby Penty/Luke Pearce|
|Emerging||Monday/Thursday||5-7pm||£13.00||Toby Penty/Ben Beckman|
|*All these sessions are invite only – interested email – firstname.lastname@example.org|
Elite players choose WR&FC
WR&FC not only offers training/coaching opportunities for junior players but also for players looking to play badminton at the highest elite level in the senior ranks. Initially set up in 2008 to help home grown players Robert Kettle (former England Number 6) and Ben Beckman (former England number 3) it grew to end up housing players from not only England but also players from Denmark, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, and India. At present WR&FC is the main training venue for England Number 1 and 3 Ladies Singles players Fontaine Chapman and Georgina Bland, England Number 3 Men’s Singles player Toby Penty, as well as two upcoming Surrey players Luke Pearce (England Number 11 Men’s Singles) and Sam Lyle (England Number 18 Men’s Singles). *rankings as of September 2017.
In 2017 WR&FC wanted to increase its involvement in helping players who were wishing to take badminton as a career path. A criteria was created where differing levels of support from the club would be given dependant on a player’s level, achievements and dedication. Download the criteria at the bottom of this page.
If you are interested in training full time at WR&FC then please email our Head of Badminton, Ben Beckman on email@example.com with your name, age, category and a bit about yourself and your badminton level. Not all applicants will be accepted.