Top Flight Badminton Coaching & Club

Top Flight Badminton Coaching & Club

The only club in Hampshire offering a full pathway of badminton

The only club in Hampshire offering a full pathway of badminton

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About Top Flight

Top Flight is a friendly badminton club that has been running for over 30 years. 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:

  • Chairperson –  Linda Bennett
  • Club Secretary – Kelvin Wong
  • Match Secretary- Matt Bryant
  • Treasurer – Emma Aldred
  • Welfare Officer – Emma Aldred
Asian badminton player is hitting in court

About Top Flight

Top Flight is a friendly badminton club that has been running for over 30 years. 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:

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

News

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.

Top Flight Tour 2020 : destination Malta!

A team of 16 players will be going to Malta in May 2020.
 
We are planning to play matches on 2 days with a day afterwards to recover! Currently we  have offers to play against Paola, Luxol and Malta Academy 🏸

Play

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League Club

We are Hampshire’s most successful League Club

Sunday evenings between 7-9pm Barton Peveril College

Offering a competitive team practice session for league players

4 courts on a sprung, wooden floor

Visitors of league standard are welcome

Picture of the League Club Members

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Pre-League Club

Sunday evenings between 5:30-7pm Barton Peveril College

For all intermediate players

Coached sessions and matchplay

4 courts on a sprung, wooden floor

Offering a pathway into our League Club

Picture from Intermediate Group

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Hit & Mix

Fri 10am-12pm at Hiltingbury Sports Hall

All players welcome

Social matchplay

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Ladies Only

Tuesdays between 10am & 11am at Hiltingbury Sports Hall

All abilities welcome

Informal coaching included

Picture from Ladies Session

 

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Junior Club

Tues, Wed, Thurs & Fri 4-5pm at Places Leisure Eastleigh

Fun coached sessions

Open to 6-16 year olds

This year we hosted a celebration junior tournament attended by 69 players aged 5 to 17

Image of flyer for Junior Tournament _ Aug 2018

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Racket Pack in Schools

Inspiring a lifelong love of smashing shuttles

Designed to spark the imagination of little smashers everywhere, the Racket Pack provides fun, skill based sessions, where 5-11 year olds can learn and play

Please enquire for availability topflightbc@hotmail.co.uk

Practice

Our coaches

Our Coaches

Image of our coaches - Chris Shepperd and Linda Bennett

Chris

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

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

  • She is ranked 16 in Mixed Doubles (Badminton England Masters 2019)
  • Represents Hampshire in the Masters County Championships Over 40s
  • Plays for Top Flight BC in the local Winchester and Southampton leagues
  • Committee member of the Winchester District Badminton Association. 

Compete

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

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.

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.

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