Badminton Performance Centre

Your pathway to success

The Coaching Team

Tom Armstrong - Team Leicestershire PC Head Coach 

Tom, who until recently was coaching in New Zealand, has taken on the role of Head Coach at Team Leicestershire, having originally been involved in setting up the Leicestershire Performance Centre.
Tom's badminton achievements include: Junior International from u15 to u21, over 20 junior caps including European Junior Quarter Finalist (2004); Top 10 ranked player in England (2008,2009,2010) Men’s and Mixed Doubles; Great Britain University Captain at 2008 World University Games, Braga; European University Champion Geneva 2009 Mixed Doubles; 2008 Yonex Welsh International EBU semi finalist Mixed Doubles; 2009 Croatian International EBU semi-finalist Mixed and Men’s Doubles; Current Top division Bundesliga Player for Hamburg VFL badminton club; First Team Captain of Loughborough University Team 2006,2007; SOTX Auckland International Champion Mixed Doubles 2012

Relevant Coaching History
U19 NZ National Coach 2012/13 including AYOF and Oceania Championships
U17 Australasia Champions 2011 and 2012 as coach on Northern NZ Team
National Champions Coach of u23s, u19s and Senior Teams and NZ Regional Level
Junior and Senior Oceania and National Champions coached

Mark King

Former England top 10 ranked doubles player, Mark has represented Leicestershire's first team over 100 times and is the current county captain for Leicestershire.   Mark still plays for Leicestershire’s first team as well as for Leicestershire’s vets.

Mark has coached at all levels from junior beginners through to England senior internationals.


Sam Ward

Sam started badminton at the age of 7 and first played for England at u13 level at the Aros Cup. She has full England caps. 
Sam became a PC coach in 2011, and in September 2012 became the Lead coach of the Leicester PC. 
She has just completed a Sport Science degree

Sam's playing achievements include; multiple junior national champion; European Junior bronze medalist; Youth Olympic bronze medalist; National Championship semi finalist; Belgian Open runner up; Bulgarian Open runner up; Welsh Open semi finalist

Anthony Clarke

Anthony recently retired from international badminton, having excelled at the highest level in the sport. He is one of Badminton’s most prolific and respected players gaining over 100 caps for England, winning seven Commonwealth medals, two World Championship medals and representing Great Britain at two Olympic Games.  He is now a motivational speaker, athlete mentor, commentator and badminton coach.




Martin Powell - U17 and U15 County squads coach

Neil Cooper - U17 and U15 County squads coach

Dave Watts - U13 County squad coach

Terry Talbott - Raw squad coach

Graham Forryan - Raw squad coach