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Development Squads

Development Squad sessions have been developed to progress badminton for children who have the potential of becoming County Representative players, it will help develop more complex strokes, movement, techniques and tactics to be able to compete at County level.

These sessions will be held once a week and are open to NEWBA registered players who play at U11, U13, U15 and U17 age groups. Players will be invited to attend these sessions after being assessed on the attributes listed below. This is done by looking at players in their club environment, in the tournament environment and also by consulting with other coaches in Flintshire.


Players must show good focus in training, display mental toughness and must be able to overcome any setbacks.


Players must display a high level of commitment to the development squad sessions, have a proactive and positive approach when undertaking any training session and must have the capacity to train with the intensity, quality and volume of a development player.


Players should have an athletic build, possess reasonable speed and power and must demonstrate relatively good fitness levels.

Technical and Tactical

Players should demonstrate a good level of all round racket skills.

Development Sessions will include:

Fitness Testing

Fitness testing will take place to be able to assess a players’ fitness, so an individual training program can be set to cover all areas or adjusted to accommodate the required areas of fitness.

Improving Footwork and Fitness

Footwork and fitness is an integral part of all top level players games, so there will be a good level of focus placed on on-court footwork and fitness improvement, from routines to specialised play.

Technical Training

Technical training will concentrate on the players racket technique, movement and positioning on court. It will focus on improving and keeping a good level of consistency of technique that top level players require.

Tactical Training

Tactical training will concentrate on utilising the best tactics when playing singles, level doubles and mixed doubles. It will focus on using tactics for different types of game play and favouring a players strengths and an opponents weakne

Current A Squad players are:

Lili Thomas
Smruthya Ganeshram
Carys Jones
Lily Hird
Shamanth Moodalbyle
Rhys Jones
Liam Hird
Will Casey
Joe Casey
James Spendlove
Amogh Patel
Daniel Hilditch
Alfie Moorcroft
Sam Harrison
Charlie Cahill
Terry Jukes, Alyson Oates
Current B Squad players are:
Darcy Martin
Mahima Hansoge
Hannah Harrison
Nathanial Jones
Nathan Troke
Luke Hughes
Dan Ellis, Mike Coppack, Belinda Jones, John Steele.