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Welcome to the Richard Vaughan Badminton Academy (RVBA) supported by Memory Lane Cakes, a non profit Cardiff Junior Badminton Club with the best badminton coaching.

The Richard Vaughan Badminton Academywas founded by Double Olympian and former World No7 Richard Vaughan from Wales. RVBA badminton coaching team include Chinese National badminton player Zhu Min, former World No32 badminton player Piret Vaughan, and Welsh International badminton players Liam Ingram and Rachel Thomas. Top Cardiff Sports Physio Clinic provides physio support for the badminton players.

Badminton Coaches from the RVBA have worked at every level from junior badminton development, to the Elite badminton level at the Olympic Games.

The RVBA also acts as the Mid Glamorgan Junior Badminton High Performance Centre, creating a joined up pathway to the full Mid Glamorgan Senior Badminton County team who currently play in the English County Badminton League division one.

For the best badminton coaching or advice for your badminton club, contact the Richard Vaughan Badminton Academy!

Recent News

Badminton Europe Magazine

The latest edition of the Badminton Europe online magazine (issue 15) has been published.

The November issue includes:

Tine Baun’s big farewell (Portrait)

The Adcocks target Olympic Gold

Interview Andrey Antropov

Portrait of Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen

Preview 2014 European Men’s and Women’s Team Championships

2013 BEC Summer School

Badminton and social media (Report)

European Youngsters are ready for the challenge (Report)


And many more …

You can access the magazine here:

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Badminton Wales Level 1 Advanced Coaching Award

Badminton Wales is set to deliver a new stand-alone coaching award early in 2014.

Called the Badminton Wales Level 1 Advanced award, the new qualification will allow coaches to carry out stand-alone coaching within specified areas of activity within Wales.

The award takes two days, the first of which involves delivery by a tutor of three instructive CPD modules. These modules develop further key areas of UKCC Level 1 and provide coaches with essential knowledge which will better enable them to provide quality learning experiences to players. Day 2 consists of an assessment where candidates will be expected to demonstrate that they have achieved learning and are able to deliver sessions at BW Advanced Award level.

The three CPD modules consist of

Footwork and movement skills
Feeding skills
Progressing technical practices

Candidates will have to be existing UKCC level 1 holders and will still need a UKCC level 2 qualification to be able to coach independently outwith Wales.

Dates and details of the new award will be on the www.badmintonwales.com website early in 2014.
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Welsh Rankings

Daniel Font heads up the Welsh men’s singles ranking with Chris Pickard in second position and Michael Kinnear third. Font has had some good results in recent months reaching the Quarter Finals in the Bahrain International Series and Challenge. Font currently lies 160 in the world rankings.

In the ladies singles Carissa Turner remains at No 1 with Aimee Moran at No 2. Gean Sou Mo and Ellen Mahenthiralingam are in 3rd and 4th position respectively. Turner has had a tough year with numerous injury setbacks and will hope for an injury free 2014. Turner is currently ranked 135 in the world.

Morgan and Strange lead the way in the men’s doubles and are currently 77 in the world rankings. After their success at the Cyprus International the boys have reached a further two finals; the Bulgarian and Israel Open.

In the ladies doubles, way out in front still are Carissa Turner and Sarah Thomas (world ranked 97). The girls started off the year well winning the Cyrus Open however due to injuries have struggled to find the form they had in 2012. 2014 will be a big year especially with the Commonwealth Games scheduled for July.

Oliver Gwilt and Sarah Thomas top the mixed rankings at the end of 2013 with some good performances on the European tour, including their first international win early on in the season at the Cyprus Open. Oliver gained a nasty arm injury back in August, which has prevented him from playing any badminton for the last few months. Hopefully he’ll be back to regular training in the New Year. The pair currently lie 392 in the world.

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Recent Articles

The Only Way Is Mid Glam

Click to read the full report of clashes against Derby, Essex and Middlesex.


Weekend 1 - done and dusted - this report will be a taster for the onsite report provided by Michael the Masher Lewis upon his return. Three matches - two wins and 17 points in the bag - a pretty awsome weekend. Click to read more.


South Glam WSS Tournament 2012

Once more the WSS series does not fail to dissapoint. Click for full coverage

Mid Glamorgan WSS Open 2012

University of Glamorgan were treated to the cream of the crop of Mid Glamorgan badminton. There was a great turn out and the tournament was very well supported by all who attended. With the divisional playoffs just around the corner, there was an opportunity for all to put their case across for selection in High Wycombe.

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