An ambassador for women in sport, Lydia is a charismatic, hard-working badminton coach with world-class habits
Nice to meet you
I'm Lydia, a former England International Women's singles player, having spent years training full-time alongside World and Olympic medalists. My success as a player include National Junior Champion, World Junior Championships team 2014, U19 European Team Silver and multiple International medal winner in Switzerland, Israel, Italy, Poland and Latvia. For the last 2 seasons, I've been playing for Aire-Sur-La-Lys, an International badminton team competing in the Top 12 of the French league. We've just secured our position in the Top 12 for next season - a fantastic achievement by everyone at the club!
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"We are really lucky to have the opportunity for the children to work with such a talented player/coach" - Kayte Gritt, Parent
Unleash the BOOM!
With over 23,700 courts nationwide, badminton is England’s most popular racket sport, with almost ½ million people swinging a racket at least once a week. It’s great exercise to tone up and help stay fit.
My sessions are full of energy and intensity, bringing out the 'BOOM' in every individual. I hold a variety of classes for a wide range of ages from junior to senior, covering singles, doubles, and mixed disciplines. I'm proud to lead GCSE Badminton at Beechwood Sacred Heart School, as well as an afterschool class at Skinners Grammar School for Boys. I also work closely with sponsored initiatives like "This Girl Can" (Sport England) and Racket Pack (Badminton England).
"I can't say how much I enjoy these lessons!" - Thomas Benstead, Junior County Development Player
'This Girl Can' - Coming Soon
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'This Girl Can' is a celebration of active women who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets. Funded by The National Lottery and developed by Sport England, we want to help women overcome the fear of judgement that is stopping too many women and girls from joining in.
Head Coach at St. John's
At St John's Badminton Club, we provide sessions annually alongside the domestic badminton calendar. We hold a range of sessions throughout the week which cater for a variety of levels including U11, U15, U18, and an advanced girls class. Through the club, our junior players have entered into numerous friendly, local, and national tournaments - collecting plenty of medals and titles along the way.
My role at the club is as head coach. It includes planning sessions, guiding coaches, and supporting players with their development, as well as a leading role in sponsorship deals and business strategy. I'm proud to see so many of our junior players making the step up to the senior section through the pathway we've created at the club. Because of this, many of our players are now competing at a county level with aspiraitons to reach the national setup, which is something we as a club will always support and encourage.
“Lydia is an amazing coach that doesn’t only focus on the weaknesses but also focuses on your strengths! She is incredibly friendly and her playing experience plays a massive part in her coaching! Her coaching impacts my playing both physically and mentally and I cannot think of a better coach! Thanks Lydia!"
- Jess Bateman, County Champion, U17 Gold Player
“Lydia is a fantastic coach. She drives the children very hard and brings some real passion for the game into their play. She’s really motivated my daughter to work much harder at her game and stretch herself to really improve. Her professional background in the sport also inspires the children to play. As a coach she is incredibly well organised and committed and great to work with as a parent. We are really lucky to have the opportunity for the children to work with such a talented player/coach.”
- Kayte Gritt, Parent
“Lydia is able to create lessons that I enjoy so much I often don’t realise the skills I’m learning. Her teaching boosts my confidence, she makes me do things I didn’t think I was capable of and she’s always so upbeat which makes me work even harder. She always puts in maximum effort so that I don’t cut corners and she really cares how I am doing both on and off court. She’s my inspiration to improve and push myself so that I can be just like her one day.”
- Dominic Burns, Junior County Player
“Lydia has been coaching me in the last six months. I can't say how much I enjoy these lessons. I feel I have progressed and learnt so much. I am much more confident in myself now and am keen to carry on with my progression with Lydia's help.”
- Thomas Benstead, Junior County Development Player
“I started in the summer with Lydia and since then my game style has changed loads which has helped me in loads of ways to get better. She has made me appreciate how much of the physical side of badminton is required. Before getting coached by Lydia I used to struggle against rivals in tournaments but now after the summer training with her I'm beating them comfortably. It's really good to see the progression thanks Lydia ”
- Luke Bailey, Kent County Junior Champion