This Coaching Week, we wanted to take the time to highlight just how important the coaches in our community from grassroots all the way up to elite are to keeping our sport going. Motivating players and developing them to the best they can be is just the start of the great work these coaches do and it’s appreciated at the very top level.
Today we catch up with Gloucestershire County Junior player, Chinmayi Kirani. Why not share your stories with us on social media of your first coach?
Player: Chinmayi Kirani
Junior Gloucestershire County Player
How did you get into badminton?
My parents played and I used to go and watch them. I liked the look of the game and wanted to give it a go so my parents found sessions that were delivered locally.
Who was your first coach?
What made you continue with badminton over other sports?
I enjoyed badminton more than other sports and once I started, I enjoyed attending sessions to improve my skills. I also made a lot of friends at my club, so it became I really good social activity and this made it fun.
What impact did your grassroots coach have on your badminton career?
He was motivating and encouraging and helped me to make my first steps into the game and improve my skills.
What do you remember most about your first experiences of badminton?
Playing every Sunday with my friends and family
What made George a good grassroots coach?
He started off with the basics and worked forward at the pace best suited for me. He also gave lots of feedback and encouragement to help improve my badminton.