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  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Very friendly and open group. Sessions are split up by skill level, so the coaching is always appropriate, and games are always well-matched (without feeling overly competitive). Everything runs smoothly thanks to Kyoko organising the sessions. Any updates, e.g. court changes or changes in how the centre runs, are posted in advance so everything's always up to date. John takes a flexible approach to coaching, encouraging player input rather than trying to find a one-size-fits-all solution. Coaching I've had elsewhere has been mostly about practising individual shots; John really explains WHY certain shots, plays or techniques are important, and delves deeper into some of the subtleties of tactical play. Great badminton and great coaching, with great people :) 

    Daleel G. on Sep 20, 2016.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Hi John and Kyoto Thank you for making my first session so welcoming. It's great to meet people who are passionate about the game, and who is so willing to share their experience, knowledge and patience with the objective of improving players who have the same passion. A good balance between aiming for competitive badminton in a non-pressurised practice environment. Thanks again. Lee 

    Lee on Aug 2, 2016.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Excellent coaching, have been able to see myself improve over time from John's coaching. Really good group! 

    Kimberley on Jun 29, 2016.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     John Howley is the best coach in this region, no question: He has considerable experience & is able to convey that extensive knowledge with clarity & humour. Players see immediate improvement under his tutelage. He is dedicated & has indefatigable energy - whether demonstrating shots, drills & footwork, feeding hundreds of shuttles, answering questions or assessing players. His people skills are first rate – he provides encouragement & can empathize with learners. Despite being a great player himself, he knows what goes through the minds of players of all abilities. He has an unusually acute understanding not only of what inexperienced players get wrong & why, but also how those problems can be corrected. Kyoko (who is also a Level 1 coach & Umpire), in addition to attending as an advanced player, manages to organize so that everything runs smoothly. Players receive gifts for attendance (& snacks are provided every evening!). We are lucky to have them both. 

    Angel G. on Dec 27, 2015.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Great coaching, brilliantly organised, excellent values and most importantly a friendly and inclusive group. 

    Jonathan C. on Dec 1, 2015.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Very well organised and with great coaching. It's a pleasure to go every week. 

    Cat on May 27, 2015.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     The coaching is great, the people are amazingly friendly and it's been an incredibly enjoyable experience over the past few months since I joined up. Monday evenings feel like the highlight of my week, and if there was a session every day I'd be there. Did I mention cake? There's cake. 

    Lalith V. on Jan 20, 2015.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Top notch coaching 

    Phil P. on Nov 11, 2013.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Friendly atmosphere with like-minded people who are there to improve their games, whilst enjoying the sport....obviously :-) The coaching element was particularly interesting this week with some really good defensive tips and drills. Everyone has made measurable improvements in different areas, which has enhanced the competitiveness of the games/rallies we play. Don't think I ended up flat on my face under the net once this week :-) 

    David M. on Nov 11, 2013.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Well organised with use of quality shuttles 

    Steven T. on May 20, 2013.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     a really positive experience, great group of people and the feeling that I've much to learn. loved the cake. 

    Sophie D. on Feb 26, 2013.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Lots of really nice people, and fantastic coaching. And then a great chance to play games with other improvers. Fantastic fun all round. Also, cake. 

    Alison S. on Jan 14, 2013.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Really friendly and welcoming group. Love the coaching and games format. 

    Jo C. on Oct 1, 2012.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     A lovely meetup group! Great coach and lots of nice people! Will definitely recommend for those looking to improve their game and meet lots of nice friendly people! 

    Pak Hou C. on Aug 14, 2012.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     A serious yet fun club for serious players and learners alike :) 

    Claudia on Aug 7, 2012.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Awesome. 

    Mark D. on Aug 7, 2012.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Perfect balance of coaching and play sessions. And thank you very much for the muffins Kyoko! 

    Michael F. on Jul 17, 2012.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Very friendly and well organised 

    Kathryn P. on May 29, 2012.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Great mixture of playing and coaching with excellent organisation from Kyoko and fantastic tips to help you improve at every level from John. 

    Graham B. on Feb 28, 2012.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     its a good friendly badmintion club thanks for the invitation to play @the club roma 

    roma on Jan 11, 2012.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     excellently organised with great communication 

    Dave N on Dec 13, 2011.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Great group were you get to learn tactics 

    Chun on Nov 15, 2011.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     John and Kyoko are brilliant. Thanks for your time and effort. 

    PodgyRobin on Aug 16, 2011.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     The group was so great, i really enjoy that moment , thinks 

    Hassan95 on Aug 11, 2011.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     It’s so good to get coaching from John. Without these tips, one could hardly play well. I am always nervous to serve or receive one, but last night perhaps for the first time I did these two things with some confidence. Great environment; great bunch of players, who are fun and help you improve your game, and I like Kyoko’s cakes!!! 

    Jyotishree N. on Jun 28, 2011.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Well organised, friendly group 

    Mark C. on Jul 13, 2010.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Very well organised, a really good balance between friendly and committed! 

    Anna on Apr 19, 2011.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Well organised, good coaching and most importantly a really good atmosphere among the members! 

    Josh on Apr 5, 2011.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     A great way to improve your badminton games and meeting new people who enjoy it as much as you do. 

    rachel c. on Jan 18, 2011.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Good Stuff! 

    Stuart H. on Jan 18, 2011.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Kyoko's impeccable organisational skills, teamed with John's good humoured and perceptive coaching make this an enjoyable and profitable session. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. Great fun! 

    alison c. on Jan 4, 2011.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Grea group of people and excellent coaching. 

    Chris on Dec 14, 2010.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     great group and has the perfect balance between fun and improvement! 

    Natalie on Dec 8, 2010.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Great sessions led by a very perceptive coach who gives very clear instructions on the right shot techniques, positioning and tactical context in various types of rally situations. Effective and entertaining! And many thanks to Kyoko for her perfect organisational skills. 

    jeff on Nov 2, 2010.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     This group and coaching is so good! I really feel like I'm learning and improving! Thank you Kyoko and John! Looking forward to seeing you next Mon! 

    Ina on Oct 12, 2010.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     great initiative - impressed by the organisation skills! 

    Sarah A. on Oct 12, 2010.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     This is a very friendly group where everyone is made to feel welcome, coaching session are great and funny! 

    Anna on Oct 5, 2010.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Great bunch of people, very well organised, and John the coach is very good. 

    Tchin Wai L. on Oct 5, 2010.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Excellent coaching in a fun and friendly environment. 

    Martin T. on Aug 16, 2010.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     A+++ 

    Patrick on Jul 20, 2010.

  • The London STEP UP Badminton

     Good opportunity for coaching at a very reasonable rate! 

    artemisworks on May 25, 2010.

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