Improving your skill level brings new challenges and potential, it delivers new goals and provides a focus for your play on each club night. In doing so it provides new opportunities, like representing your club in the local league competitions, which in turn allows you to play against new players and compare your skill and abilities in match play further providing development possibilities.
So how do you go about developing these skills, how do you strive to challenge the likes of Adcock & Adcock or Mills & Langridge? You get a coach!
Last year as a club we decided to see what coaching options were available in our area and we were pleased to find Lee Clapham an England Senior Men's Player and fully qualified coach. Based in Derby, a relatively short 30min drive to our base and with Lee happy to travel to our club, we had our first session with Lee sharing his skills & knowledge.
Just a single one hour coaching session had a big impact on everyone that took part, some players attempting to try and master everything Lee demonstrated and others focusing on one thing, such as changing their serve. But all taking on board what was delivered and demonstrating a level of enthusiasm perhaps above and beyond what they expected.
Since then we have put in place a regular monthly session with Lee, to allow the club to develop everything from the very basics and tactical play through to the occasional rather snazzy trick shot........we had our own before but they were called frame shots :)
Another side effect of players increasing their skill levels is they then want to get better rackets or new shoes all to aid in their development, which in turn helps the life blood of the sport. So if you play for a club or possibly run a club and have never considered introducing a coach, why not try it, we can highly recommend it.
If you have a club in the Derbyshire/Staffordshire area and you're interested in contacting Lee you can visit his website here: Lee Clapham Badminton Coaching