Meet The Team
The Tyneside Badminton Centre’s four directors oversee operations and ensure that the initial objective of “creating the home for badminton in the North East” is fulfilled.
The journey started in 2010, with an email arranging a meeting between the people that would go on to form ‘The Directors’ of the centre: Steve Abbott, Mike Woodward (retired), Peter McLane and Steve Porter.
Amy Kirsopp – Manager
Joining in 2021, Amy is responsible for centre management, business development and operations. You will most likely find her behind her laptop with a coffee.
Sarah Burtenshaw – Assistant Manager
One of the OG members of staff, Sarah manages centre administration, block bookings & tournaments. Sarah is also involved in Northumberland Badminton Association and Badminton England junior tournaments.
Robyn Luckley – Senior Supervisor
The jack of all trades, Robyn is responsible for all things events, catering, coaching and operations. If you visit the centre, Robyn could be just around the corner as she doesn’t really like to sit down.
Daniel Tinnion – Supervisor & Stringing
Daniel has been at the centre since the start. You will find Daniel behind the stringing machine, as our Head Stringer at the centre. Aside from this, Daniel is the lead coach of our junior badminton club, Tyneside Sharks.
Jack Scudder – Supervisor & Marketing
A familiar face around the centre, Jack is responsible for operations as well as all things social media and marketing. Watch out when you visit, he is prolific for his scare cam features on our social channels.
Lesley Goodrum – Supervisor
The newest member of the team, Lesley is responsible for centre operations, as well as assisting with administration. Be sure to say hello is you see her around the centre.
No, but it is best to become a member when you first book as membership gives you several benefits (outlined here). Cost is only £5 per annum.
We can provide shared hire equipment, including, rackets and shoes. Shuttles are available to buy individually, for you to keep.
All courts most be both pre-booked and pre-paid before arriving at the centre. This is to help us control overall numbers, reduce crowding at reception, reduce handling (card machines/cash) and target our cleaning procedures. Strictly no walk-ins allowed. The minimum period between booking and arriving at the centre is 1 hour.
We have tea and coffee provisions available via our cafe facilities – ask at reception. There is a vending machine also situated in the reception.
We can provide water but would advise all users to arrive with their own full drinks bottles.
We have changing facilities available for use, including showers.
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.