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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:

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

News

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.

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Top Flight working with Eastleigh Borough Council

For the third consecutive year, Top Flight have joined local sport and activity providers in being part of @SportHealthEBC’s New Year Boost to provide beginner activities for Eastleigh Borough residents to kickstart their 2022. www.eastleigh.gov.uk/newyearboost #NYboost

Aimed at adults (16+) who are inactive/doing little exercise, our  Beginners & Refreshers badminton group is tailored for beginners, any fitness levels and is suitable for all abilities. 

Beginners & Refreshers is held at Hiltingbury Sports hall SO53 5NP on Sundays 4-5pm. All equipment is provided, just wear comfortable clothes and trainers with white or non-marking soles (as requested by the sports hall). 

Get in touch to smash your way into 2022! 🏸

Email : topflightbc@hotmail.co.uk

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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.

Play

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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.

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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.

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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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Juniors

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.

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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. 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

  • 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. 

Compete

League Teams

For the 2021/22 Season Top Flight has 4 teams (1 Ladies, 2 Mens and 1 hybrid)  in the combined Winchester  / Southampton League competition.

We are looking forward to a full competitive season in 2022/23 when we expect to be back to our full complement of teams.

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

We had  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 had  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:

Adam & Nick were runners-up in the MD50 at the 2021 West of England Masters Silver tournament, January 2022.

Adam & Nick represented England in the World Senior Championships in Huelva, Spain in December 2021.

Adam & Nick were runners-up in the MD50 at the 26th Cumbria Classic Masters Silver tournament in October 2021.

 

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 in the XD45 at the 2018 West of England Masters Silver tournament, November 2018.