Tyneside Badminton Centre // Who are we?

Meet the team

The Tyneside Badminton Centre is run by a great team of people, all great at what they do and with one thing in common – a love of badminton.

Mike Woodward

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

He is also the Head Coach for the Tyneside Sharks Junior Club who train here.

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:

  • Consultant to Badminton World Federation (BWF)
  • Lead writer for BWF Level 1 and 2 Coach Award resources
  • Writer for specific modules of BWF Level 3 Coach Award
  • Writer/direction and editing for BWF video resources
  • Coach Education experience in Malaysia, South Africa, Germany, Ireland, Barbados, Italy, Greece, Slovenia.
  • England National Junior Coach (2002 – 2008), coaching England Junior Teams in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, Switzerland
  • Badminton England National Development Coach 2007 – 2009
  • BADMINTON England Tutor/Assessor for UK Coaching Certificate Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • Sports Coach of the Year 2012 – North Tyneside Council
  • B.A. Hons (Sport Studies)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education

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 holds a BICS Cleaning Certificate and has obtained a NVQ Level 1 and Level 2 in Cleaning.

Since starting at TBC Karen has developed an interest in Badminton and enjoys watching tournaments and matches held at the Centre.

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.

Julie Brown

Julie is a volunteer helper at the Tyneside Badminton Centre having played badminton at various clubs in Northumberland since joining the county squad whilst at school.

Trained as a Chartered Accountant, Julie is responsible for many of the various Finance processes of the Tyneside Badminton Centre, along with coaching (level 2 qualified) and Northumberland Badminton Association treasurer.

Julie was awarded an Unsung Hero of Sport award from Sport Newcastle in 2013 for services to the NBA.

“I think the Centre is a fabulous initiative for the development of Badminton in Northumberland and am very pleased to be able to help support the running of its operations.”

Lynn Carr Woodward

Lynn Carr-Woodward is one of our part-time Badminton Centre Assistants.

As well as being self-employed offering business support to others, Lynn also runs a Room Makeover service. Along with Lynn’s HR and Quality Standards background, this makes her ideally suited to supporting the development and implementation of the Centre’s processes and procedures.

When not working you might see Lynn out and about dog walking, jogging cycling or windsurfing.

Sarah Burtenshaw

Sarah is our Badminton Assistant and Sports Therapist at the NIHP clinic based at the Tyneside Badminton Centre.

Sarah joined the team in 2015 and has played badminton for over 10 years starting in the back garden and then to a local club based at Benfield.

I became a young coach at 16 helping at my local session at the Lakeside Centre. At University of Bedfordshire, I studied Sports Therapy and I ran the No Strings badminton session for 2 years and established a competitive team in the BUCS league by my final year, which I was club captain. In my final year I also gained my Level 2 coaching award.

Sarah plays for St Gabriels and leads sessions based at the Tyneside Badminton Centre and elsewhere in the Newcastle and 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.

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

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

Daniel has recently completed a sustained period of training in racket restringing, under the the watchful eye of Paul Kennedy from Electre rackets.

Daniel can turn his hand to most jobs within the centre, often working around the reception area, assisting with coaching, organising the pay and play sessions.

When he gets time, Daniel plays for St Gabriels Badminton Club.