Badminton has been a performance sport for Team Derby since 2012 and the University club’s success continues to go from strength to strength. We offer elite-level coaching and support services to enable our student athletes to train daily and develop individually and as team players.

Team Derby Performance Badminton

The women’s and men’s first teams compete at the highest level in the British Universities and College Sports (BUCS), in both team and individual competitions. In 2020, our women's badminton team became Premier League champions. Whilst winning individual BUCS medals in each of the last 5 years of competition.

Team Derby was a founding member of the National Badminton League. We are two-time finalists and were inaugural champions (2014/15). Following this brilliant success, the badminton programme continues to attract some of England’s most talented junior players.

Programme outline

Head Coach: James Boxall

James joined Team Derby as Head Coach for Badminton in 2015. He is also Head Coach at Derbyshire Performance Centre and is the GB Para-badminton Assistant Coach supporting current and future Olympians. He is a former Junior National Champion, Junior European medallist and England Senior Squad Player. James has also travelled with senior England players to top international events, worked as a national junior coach for eight years and he has worked alongside GB coaches at the National Centre in Milton Keynes.

Lead Badminton Coach: Jonty Russ 

Jonty joined Team Derby as a lead coach for Badminton in 2022. Jonty is a former senior national medallist as well as a junior champion. Jonty has coached in Spain working with national team players, national medalists and players who have represented their county at the European Games. Jonty is passionate about player development and wants to ensure they are as good as they can on and off the court.


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Recent achievements:


Abbygael playing badminton at a competition.

Coming to the University was a great opportunity to access a wide range of support services in one place such as strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, psychology and lifestyle support. I had never had this before coming to University.

Abbygael Harris
Badminton Scholar Alumni
Lyddia holding a badminton racket at the Team Derby versus Bristol Jets Monday 7th November held at the University of Derby Sports Centre.

Managing time as a champion athlete and as a student engineer

Lyddia is a University of Derby graduate from Malaysia. She represented her country in badminton from the age of 13 to 24.

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