mikeimage1Mike Woodward is the Operations Director who oversees and runs TBC.  He is also the Head Coach for the Tyneside Sharks Junior Club who train at TBC.  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 (currently in development)
    • 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
  • Sports Coach of the Year 2012 – North Tyneside Council
  • B.A. Hons (Sport Studies)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • BADMINTON England Tutor/Assessor for UK Coaching Certificate Levels 1, 2 and 3


‘Mike worked as both my personal coach and World Class Start cell coach for many years and has played an integral part in my development as a badminton player. He is a coach that works tirelessly and goes the extra mile in his detail and planning to ensure that his players are able to get the most out of the sessions. An extremely positive and motivating coach, Mike was a fantastic coach to me, successfully managing to balance hard work and fun!’

Alyssa Lim  (Senior England International)

“Mike coached me from when i first got onto the England world class programme at age 11 until I was about 16. During this time mike’s coaching helped me to improve all aspect of my badminton – skills, tactical awareness and my physical ability, which helped me go on to play badminton at a senior international level. Mike always made practices specific to each player in our training group, so we could improve on our individual development goals. Mike was always enthusiastic and made training challenging but enjoyable, which was the perfect balance for a player of my age.”

Helena Lewcynska (Highest England ranking of 7)