The Tyneside Badminton Centre (TBC) is a Community Interest Company,  committed to providing badminton facilities and supervised activities for its members on a self-sustaining basis. We also provide a variety of other activities that complement badminton.


We want badminton to be as accessible as possible, so joining the Tyneside Badminton Centre couldn’t be easier. We charge a membership fee of £1 per annum! If you aren’t a member but want to join, then our staff will take your details when you first book. Benefits of membership can be found here

Frequently asked questions

No, but it is best to become a member when you first book as membership gives you several benefits (outlined here). Cost is only £1 per annum.

Week commencing 25th July

Because of the current situation regarding Covid-19, you will need to bring your own equipment (rackets and clean, non-marking sports shoes) as we as unable to provide shared hire equipment. You will be able to purchase new shuttles that have been self-isolating for 4 months! We are reviewing the situation on a regular basis so check the website for updates.

Week commencing 25th July

Because of the current situation regarding Covid-19, 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.

Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak we are not able to provide our usual cafe and vending facilities. We can provide water but would advise all users to arrive with their own full drinks bottles.

Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak we are not able to provide our usual changing facilities. We still provide toilet facilities.

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
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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, after which he a made a successful transition from customer to full-time employee.

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

  • NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration
  • 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 and competes regularly in local and regional events.

Jordan Armitage

Jordan joined the team 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.

Jamie started playing when this centre first opened, with brother Daniel, and has continued ever since. He has gone on to represent Northumberland and is a regular competitor in both local and regional tournaments.

Jamie has a level 2 Badminton England coaching certificate and helps coach both juniors and adults as individuals and in groups.
Jamie is currently studying Civil Engineering at Northumbria University and often does the maintenance around the centre.

Robyn Luckley

Robyn is the newest member of our team.

Robyn started working at the centre in 2019 and since August 2020 now works full-time at the centre, having completed her Sports Coaching degree at Northumbria University.

In addition to her 1st Class Honours degree, Robyn also has qualifications in:

  • Children’s Multiskills (Level 2)
  • Badminton (Level 1 coach)
  • Mental Health First Aid (Level 2)
  • Emergency First Aid

Robyn is a member of Telecom Badminton Club and also represents Northumberland on a regular basis.