About the Tyneside Badminton Centre

The Tyneside Badminton Centre is a Community Interest Company (CiC) committed to serving the badminton community on a self-sustaining basis. We also provide a variety of other activities that compliment badminton.

Frequently asked questions

If you have your own rackets and shuttles that’s great, if not we have rackets to hire out to you and shuttles for you to buy. All players must wear clean, non-marking sports shoes.

  • If you are wanting to play casually with your friends then it is important to pre-book a court, which is usually for 1-2 hours, starting on the hour. Please ring 0191 241 5385.
  • If you want to join in with beginner’s and improver’s classes/workshops then you need to book as places are limited. Please ring 0191 241 5385.
  • For 50+ and Pay and Play sessions there is no need to book. Just turn up and enjoy yourself.

Yes we have a cafe, but it only operates during big tournaments. However we do have a vending machine and serve hot drinks. Also the cafe area and kitchen can be hired for events for more information click here.

Yes we have 4 changing rooms which all have showering facilities and toilets. We even have a hairdryer you can borrow.

Yes here at the centre we have Wifi available throughout the building for the public. We do ask you don’t use it for activities that consume a lot of bandwidth so it doesn’t slow the service for other users.

Meet the team

Mike Woodward

Mike Woodward is the Operations Director who oversees and runs the Tyneside Badminton Centre.

Mike played for Nottinghamshire and Northumberland before turning to coaching, where his thirst for knowledge led him to become a much sought-after coach and coach educator.

The following are a few of his credentials:

  • England National Junior Coach (2002 – 2008)
  • Badminton England National Development Coach 2007 – 2009
  • Author of numerous Badminton Coach Education materials
  • Director/editor for BWF video resources
  • Extensive Coach Education experience in Asia, Europe and Africa
  • Sports Coach of the Year 2012 – North Tyneside Council
  • B.A. Hons (Sport Studies), PGCE

Sarah Burtenshaw

Assistant Manager Badminton at the Tyneside Badminton Centre

Sarah began playing badminton in her back garden and then moved on to play for the junior club at Benfield School. Her interest in the sport led her to qualify as a young coach aged 16, before she left to study Sports Therapy at the University of Bedfordshire.

Whilst at University , Sarah ran the No Strings badminton session and established and captained a competitive team in the BUCS league, by which time she’d gained her Level 2 coaching award.

On returning to the North-East Sarah began to work at the Tyneside Badminton Centre in 2015. She continues to play club badminton and run badminton sessions at the Tyneside Badminton Centre and at other venues within Newcastle/North Tyneside.

Daniel Tinnion

Daniel was one of the first people to use the centre when it open in January 2013, having since made the transition from customer to full-time employee.

Over the last 5 years Daniel has completed a number of qualifications  including:

  • NVQ Level 2 in Recreation and Leisure
  • Badminton England Level 1 coach
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Fire Marshall Training

Following a sustained period of training Daniel now does most of the racket stringing and grip replacements at the centre.

Daniel plays for St Gabriels Badminton Club.

Jordan Armitage

Jordan is our newest recruit to the team joining in October 2018, after recently completing his degree in Sports Science and Physiology at the University of Leeds.

He also holds various other qualifications including an Advanced Diploma in Sports Massage, Emergency First Aid and a Level 1 coaching award.

You will often find him working on the reception area or organising pay and play sessions.

Jordan is an all round lover of sport and appreciates the opportunity to work in the sporting sector.

Whilst not at work he represents 2 football clubs on weekends and plays at Badminton from time to time.

Karen Colquhoun

Karen has the mammoth task of keeping Tyneside Badminton Centre spotlessly clean.

She has over 35 years of experience in all aspects of cleaning and takes great pride in her work. She also runs the catering at the centre for the larger events

She is TBC’s very own ray of sunshine and gets on with everyone. Karen has a good rapport with her colleagues and the many users of the centre.

Jamie Tinnion

Jamie is the youngest member of the team.

Along with Daniel, Jamie was one of the first users of the centre in 2013. Since then he has developed into a fine badminton player, representing Northumberland at both Junior and Senior Level.

Jamie is a Level 2 badminton coach and combines working at the centre with his University studies.