Coaches & Support Team

LDBC are pleased to have a strong group of volunteer coaches and support staff that work together to deliver fun, exciting and educational sessions. Their time and pateince is invaluable and the backbone of the clubs work.

1175258_10201738146316672_354092692_n.jpg Colin Leslie UKCC Level 1 Advanced

Hi everyone I joined (LDBC) in January 2012 through a friend who told me to go along, I had a serious accident in 2002 with the result I lost both legs by 2006 and I thought my life was over, was seriously overweight so went to club to to start playing again to which I used to play before my accident, I played to a high standard. I went along to club as a player and started to enjoy myself and there was some great coaches there to bring me on to the point that I'm now an Scottish internationalist playing all over the world trying to qualify for Paralympics the opportunity came along to become a volunteer coach, so not long after joining I started coaching on a Tuesday night 6-7 for kids from 5 upto adults with all disabilities, although I'm disabled myself I don't actually class myself as disabled especially when you see everyone coming through the door with their own stories and disabilities as long as I listen and see what there needs are and everyone comes to club they enjoy themselves and leave club with a smile it makes coaching so much easier, it's also great for all kids to enter local competitions to give them a taste of what their future could be if they wanted to continue playing to National/International level or even Paralympics, being disabled is not a disease we can all compete to high standards there is no discrimination or ageism and playing badminton it's just like having a huge family that all look out for each other.

 

fiona.jpg Fiona Cameron UKCC Level 1 Advanced I coach at Musselburgh. This is now my second season at LDBC and during that time I have achieved my Level 1 and Level 1 Advanced coaching qualifications.
I have been playing competitive badminton almost my entire life and competed at County level back in my heyday! Badminton has always been such a huge part of my life and I thought it was time to give something back to the sport. I started, a number of years ago, coaching at a local primary school and when the opportunity arose to join LDBC, I considered it a fantastic chance to not only develop my coaching skills but to help others gain new skills.
As a coach at the Club, my aim is to help players improve but mostly want them to enjoy badminton as much as I do. The best thing about coaching at the Club is the players enthusiasm. There is nothing they cannot do or achieve and they are, quite simply, inspirational. It's a fun club and everyone is always smiling!

 

Alex_Burnett.jpg Alex Burnett UKCC Level 1 Advanced  
Jamie_Munroe.jpg Jamie Munro UKCC Level 1   
david.jpg David Laing UKCC Level  1 Advanced  I  Coach at the Bathgate section. I first passed my first coaching qualification in the late 80's! I have come back to coaching in the past few years with Lothian Junior Badminton and through LDBC have gained the Level 1 and Level 1 Advanced.
 I decided to get involed with the LDBC when I heard that the Bathgate club was looking for volunteers and put my hand up!
 My goal is to see the players enjoy their badminton and improve their skills at the same time. For any coach to see players they are working with improve and enjoy their sport is a bonus and I see this every week at the club,  It's a really positive experience.