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Top Flight Badminton Coaching & Club

Top Flight Badminton Club

Top Flight is a friendly badminton club that has been running for over 30 years. We are the only club in Hampshire offering a full pathway of badminton.

We provide a welcoming environment and offer a variety of options for all standards of player.

The club is run for the members by a committee:

Picture of the committee members

  • Chairperson –  Linda Bennett
  • Club Secretary – Kelvin Wong
  • Match Secretary- Matt Bryant
  • Treasurer – Emma Aldred
  • Welfare Officer – Emma Aldred


We Are Back

Badminton is back!

ALL Top Flight groups follow current government guidelines and COVID procedures as set out by Badminton England. Our qualified coaches are Badminton England registered and DBS checked.
To attend any of our sessions, please contact us. Pre-booking and prepayment is required and places are limited.
Sessions finish 10mins before end time to allow venue cleaning.

Eastleigh Brorugh Council 8 week badminton course

Top Flight working with Eastleigh Borough Council

Top Flight has been asked by Eastleigh Borough Council to deliver an 8 week beginners badminton course.
This is the second year running that Top Flight has been asked to deliver the course.
The course started on 23rd May.
Update – the course is now sold out!

Picture of Team G players in Dublin Picture of Team F players in Dublin

Top Flight Members Pull On England Shirts

It’s not every day that you get to pull on an England shirt and represent your country in an international sporting event. If you are not a professional athlete, such opportunities are incredibly rare.

To celebrate the 120th Anniversary of Badminton Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales were invited to Dublin to compete in the Inaugural Graded International Tournament on the 5th October 2019.

The event was held at Dublin’s National Indoor Arena and celebrated the rich history of each federation by providing an international standard event to the club members of each country.  

The England teams won 2 Gold and 2 Silver medals and included 4 players from Top Flight: Stuart Preston, Adam Turner, Oliver Eames and Lauren Thomas.


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League Club

We are Hampshire’s most successful League Club.

Sundays 7pm-9pm, Hiltingbury Sports Hall.

Offering a competitive team practice session for league players.

Visitors of league standard are welcome.

Picture of the League Club Members

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Coached Intermediate

Sundays 5pm-7pm, Hiltingbury Sports Hall.

For all intermediate players.

Coached sessions and matchplay.

Offering a pathway into our League Club.

Image of Linda coaching

Coached Beginners / Refreshers

Sundays 4pm-5pm, Hiltingbury Sports Hall.

Aimed at beginners / players getting back into badminton.

Informal coaching and games in a friendly environment.

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We now run 5 coached junior sessions open to players aged 6-16.

Thursdays 4pm-5pm, Places Leisure Eastleigh.

Fridays 4pm-5pm, Places Leisure Eastleigh.  

Saturdays 9am-10am, 10am-11am & 11am-12pm, Hiltingbury Sports Hall.

Top Flight Juniors


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No Strings

Fridays 10am-12pm, Hiltingbury Sports Hall.

All players welcome.

Social matchplay.

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Ladies Only

Tuesdays 10am-11am & 11am-12pm, Hiltingbury Sports Hall.

All abilities welcome.

Informal coaching included.

Picture from Ladies Session



Our coaches

Our Coaches

Image of our coaches - Chris Shepperd and Linda Bennett


Chris is Top Flight’s Head Coach with over 30 years professional coaching experience. He is DBS checked. His playing highlights include:

  • English National Masters Championships 2016 Men’s Doubles Over 35 Winner 
  • Yonex All England 2010 Men’s Singles Over 40 Champion 
  • Winning England National Club Champions 2010 with Top Flight BC
  • European Badminton Championships 2006 Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles Over 35 Runner Up
  • Chris achieved a career highest ranking of 9 in Men’s Singles (Badminton England)


Linda is a Badminton England registered UKCC Level 2 coach and is DBS checked.  Linda competes in the Masters and Senior circuits

  • Ranked 16 in Mixed Doubles (Badminton England Masters 2019)
  • Represents Hampshire in the Masters County Championships
  • Plays for Top Flight BC in the local Winchester and Southampton leagues
  • Committee member of the Winchester District Badminton Association. 

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Head Coach Chris is sponsored by Ashaway and can supply Ashaway racquets, grips, clothing and shoes. Please contact him directly on 07915 060042 or enquire at club.  Chris is also available for 1:1 coaching and offers a stringing service.


League Teams

For the 2019/20 Season, Top Flight has 8 teams competing in the local leagues

Home matches are on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm and are played at Barton Peveril College, which has a sprung, wooden floor

We have  5 teams in the Winchester League. You can see their results on the Winchester League website: Top Flight team results
    Mixed A in Division 1
    Mixed B in Division 2
    Mixed C in Division 3
    Mens in Division 2
    Ladies in Division 1
We have  3 teams in the Southampton League. You can see their results on the Southampton League website: Top Flight Team Results
    Top Flight A in the Premier Division
    And 2 new teams for this season:
    Mens 4
    Ladies 4

Tournaments & County Representation

A number of our members represent Hampshire and Dorset at Junior, Senior and Masters levels

They also compete on the Badminton England Tournament circuit

Notable results:

Our very own Chris Shepperd playing with Steve Smith winners of the UBA Super Series Tournament played at Places Leisure Eastleigh on 18th August 2019

Picture of Chris Shepperd and Steve Smith

Adam & Linda runners up 2018 West of England Masters O45