Junior Coaching Program

Our Junior coaching focuses on badminton through technical coaching, innovative drills and fun games. We also teach multi-skills in our coaching squads to improve fitness and hand-eye co-ordination. 

We commit to each child by following a development pathway giving them the opportunity to learn to play badminton, understand and demonstrate the techniques , have fun and make  friends.

We strive for all our juniors to play and compete at club, maybe county or national level but ultimately long term to enjoy badminton for life. 

Our junior badminton courses run in three termly blocks, Autumn, Spring & Summer and are designed to gradually progress your child through our badminton pathway. You can join at any time by clicking on the courses available (see the coaching tab). 

Participation in our coaching programme is for members only.

Why not just come along and give it a try.

Groups are as follows

Beginners –  is for young people under 13 yrs  They learn the basics and how to enjoy the game based on the fundamental areas of balance, co-ordination, agility, movement and racket and shuttlecock technique.

Developing  - is for young people under 17 yrs – These session develop further the technical skills required to play including shot development, advanced movement and strategic play

High Performing – is for those players that show a natural aptitude to competition and strive to play at club/ county level. These advanced sessions include doubles play, competition strategy, self development and mental strength.

Match Play and Tournaments –This is for young people to experience the whole game in an informal atmosphere and is invaluable for their badminton journey. It enables them to put into practice all their training and to enjoy the competitive side of the game.

Skills Development

We follow Badminton England’s development pathway focusing on skills to demonstrate the following


W – Winning Ability

H – Hitting ability

A – Athletic ability

T – Training ability

A beginner will follow the following pathway and demonstrate

Winning Ability Hitting Ability Athletic Ability Train Ability

Enjoys competitive Challenges

Focus in activity

Keeness to win

Sportmanship behaviour

Know basic grips

Signs of Split step

Racquets leg lunges

Can hit soft/hard

OH upwards/downwards

Hit left/right


Basic Rules

Good posture & balance

Able to accelerate

Able to move in all directions

Can stop & balance


Listens & understands

Acts on instructions

Be well behaved



Developing players will progress to include the above plus

Winning Ability Hitting Ability Athletic Ability Train Ability

Playing with strategy

Committed to tournament requirements

Consider on & off court requirements.

Ability to respond to adversity.

Grip moves and changes

Lunging on correct leg


Movement patterns

Serve techniques

Partner awareness and doubles formation/movement

Can hit all single shots – clear, smash, net

Understand complex shots – slice, reverse slice, spinning net shots

Demonstrate ability to accelerate & stop quickly

Implement basic tactics to game

Move backwards/rear court

Jumps & Landing 

More detailed goal setting – strengths & weaknesses

Recognise opponents strengths & weaknesses

Mental strength

Staying focused



Holiday Camps

We regularly run camps here at the club. Our club home page will keep you up to date with available dates.

All the details including availability will be listed on our “courses” page. The courses are payable online and booking is essential.

Junior Coaching

  • Monday 6.15-7.30pm Developing
  • Tuesday 4.30-5.30pm Beginners
  • Tuesday 5.30-7.30pm Developing 
  • Wednesday 4.30-5.30pm Beginners
  • Wednesday 5.30-7.30pm High Performing
  • Thursday 4.30-5.30pm Beginners
  • Thursday 5.30-7.30pm Developing
  • Saturday 9.00-10.30am All welcome!


Our coaches are available for individual coaching, please do get in touch.

  • Back to Badminton Tuesday 1.00-2.00pm (beginners or returners!)

For more information please contact Vanessa Cameron - vanessa@harrogateracquetsclub.co.uk or 07779 614564