COACHING TEAM

Coaches are sourced from the local badminton scene and the PC has assembled, arguably, the best coaching team in Gloucestershire. Some have been coaching for years and others have grown into coaching with either their clubs, BG County or BG Performance. All are assessed as part of their suitability at the performance centre. All have achieved success on court and continue to compete.

BG Performance has an ethos of growing from within and offers sponsorship to a limited number of full PC members to become Level 1 or level 2 coaches.

Head Coach – Rebecca Pantaney – Level 3

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Bex (or Becky) is our highest qualified coach,  the official coach for the Falklands Islands and privately coaches BE international juniors and other players. As well as an outstanding coach she was also a top flight player winning a Commonwealth Gold Medal in 1998 making ten international appearances as a senior and recently became the World Masters O35 Doubles Champion. She was selected as a torch bearer for the 2012 London Olympics. Bex takes most Developing and Emerging Sessions within the PC. In Aug 2014 Bex w3as re-appointed as the National U19 Coach.

 

Assistant Head Coach (Off-Court – Andy Woolway – Level 2*

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Andy played junior and senior county badminton before leaving for Leeds Met in 2008 where he was coached by James Vincent at the Leeds High Performance Centre. He captained the Leeds Met Carnegie badminton second team to the BUCS plate in 2011. In 2012 he reached the National quarter finals of the men’s doubles. With Joe Honeybone he won the 2011 and 2012 Restricted Men’s Doubles. He is a regular member of the Gloucestershire County 1st Team and plays for Glos+Stars in the Gloucestershire Badminton League.

 

Assistant Head Coach (Off-Court) – Ben Compton – Level 2

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Ben is a product of  Falcons’ Junior Badminton Club and BG Performance’s coach sponsorship programme. Ben is a current Restricted MD semi-finalist and regularly represents BG County. He assists Bex in the on-court side of the administration for the BG Performance. Ben also coaches at Falcons’ where he is a vital cog in its coaching machine. He is also a player member of Glos*Stars BC in the Gloucestershire Badminton League.

 

 Sol Griffiths – Level 2*

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Sol experienced training at the University of Bath HPC under Pete Bush. He is a multiple Gloucestershire Singles Champion and the County No2 Singles player in the County Championships. Sol is a full-time coach mixing his PC commitments with County coaching, working within BG Community and Falcons’ Junior Badminton Club.

 

 

 

Ian Woolway – Level 2

Ian is a level 2 coach who has been involved with BG Performance since 2015 and is also the Director. He returned to Gloucester after playing in Yorkshire for a number of year at Leeds High Performance Centre. He captained the Mens 1st team to win the BUCS Team Championships in 2011 and was an Individual Bronze Medalist in Mens Doubles. He started coaching in Leeds before returning to Gloucester to play County badminton whilst also joining the coaching staff not just with PC but with County too.

 

Liam Dutson – Level 2

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Liam plays for BG County  and is also a BG Performance player under training in the Emerging Group. He was a semi-finalist in both Singles and Mixed Doubles in the 2013 Restricted. As a volunteer on the BG Performance Committee he manages courts and shuttles.

 

 

Chris Hotchen – Level 2

Chris is the most recent member of the coach team having joined in 2017. The County No1 Singles player has been a Junior National Champion before heading to Bath University where he was an integral part of the Badminton Club. In 2015 he was named University of Bath`s Sports Personality of the Year after captaining the club from 2011.