I am offering free coaching in Surrey, UK. All interested players please join the discussion in this thread, but first read the details and conditions below. Why offer free coaching? Because I want something in return. I want practice partners. Here's the deal: you practice with me, and you get the benefit of my coaching. The sessions will not be dedicated to you, however. They will be dedicated equally to both (or all) of us. My aim is to improve my badminton. At the same time, I hope I can help you improve yours. I have a wealth of technical understanding, but I don't get many opportunities to practise. Therefore my skills are not the equal of my knowledge. Although the sessions will not be dedicated exclusively to you, I will of course observe your game and, drawing on my coaching knowledge, I will devise practice routines to help you overcome your weaknesses. We can then include these routines in the practice session. We will help each other to improve Details Likely venues: Epsom, Dorking, Redhill, or Reigate. Number of people: one is enough, but more are welcome. Skill level required: moderate. You could be a stronger or weaker player than me. All I require is that you have a decent set of basic skills. For example, you need to be able to perform a full-length forehand overhead clear. You need to be able to feed shuttles with reasonable consistency to different parts of the court. It doesn't matter if you have lots of weaknesses. So do I; if we didn't have weaknesses, we would not need to practise. Frequency: negotiable; ideally once a week. Day and time: depends on what is convenient for you. I am quite flexible, by nature of my occupation. Shuttles: top quality feathers. Expenses: we will share court and shuttle costs equally. For at least some sessions, I may be able to obtain free courts. Who am I? My name is Mike Hopley. I am a Badminton England coach (level 2). I am the badminton coach at Reigate Grammar School. Around here, I'm probably most well known for writing the BC badminton grips guide. I play at Ebbisham badminton club in Epsom in the B section. It's a reasonably strong standard of play, but nothing extraordinary. I don't currently play matches (by choice); previously I played in the Oxford and District League, division 2 or 3 (can't recall). Issues about the coaching Normally, I would not coach players who are close to my own skill level. This is because, ideally, you should get coaching from someone with a much higher level of skill than your own. So, for the best coaching, you might choose a county or national coach. But they are not so easy to find, and they will charge you money. I'm right here in Surrey, and I won't charge you anything. All I ask is that we practise together. You can always see a higher standard coach in addition (I don't demand exclusivity ). Finally Come on, there must be someone living locally who wants to practise! Don't be shy; ask any questions you like. Don't forget: practice is better than games or matches. Practice is what makes you improve.