Badminton England National Volunteer & Coach Awards

Overview & Background Information

To recognise the phenomenal work of our voluntary workforce, Badminton England present two awards annually; the Geoff Rofe Young Volunteer of the Year Award (sponsored by YONEX) and the Volunteer of the Year Award (sponsored by YONEX). These prestigious titles are awarded to two volunteers who have stood out in demonstrating undoubted passion, commitment and dedication to badminton in the last twelve months and had a positive impact and influence on others’ experience within the sport.

The new Grassroots Coach of the Year Award was introduced for 2022 and celebrates coaches who are working tirelessly in the community to provide a positive experience to a large number of players through their clear passion for the sport. We are truly grateful for the number of grassroots coaches in our sport as these coaches make a positive difference in their local communities, providing the first experience of our sport, and driving badminton participation forwards across the country.

Congratulations to the two 2019 Volunteer Award winners:​

  • 2019 Young Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): Imogen Eagles​
  • 2019 Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): Phil Jones​

Read about Phil & Imogen’s achievements HERE

Congratulations to the two 2020 Volunteer Award winners:​

  • 2020 Young Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): Annie Zhu​
  • 2020 Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): Melanie Vickery

Read about Melanie & Annie’s achievements HERE

Congratulations to the two 2021 Volunteer Award winners:​

  • 2021 Geoff Rofe Young Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): William Snell
  • 2021 Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): Claire Lapworth

Read about Claire & William’s achievements HERE

Congratulations to the three 2022 Volunteer & Coach Award winners:​

  • 2022 Geoff Rofe Young Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): Oscar Butler
  • 2022 Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): Jess Canfield
  • 2022 Grassroots Coach of the Year: Keith Burns

Read about Oscar, Jess & Keith’s achievements HERE

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