Welcome to the Badminton Academy

The Itchen College Badminton Academy has been one of the strongest badminton teams in recent times.

With strong recreational and club opportunities, it also boasts a rich history of British College champions that include 2-time winner Josie Latimer in 2011 and 2012 and former English national junior champion Harry Wang in 2013.

 We compete in the Hampshire College Badminton League as well as the British Colleges events where we have regular success individually and as a team, having reached the regional mixed team final in 2014. All badminton players also receive sports conditioning training once a week, which is supported by the college fitness team where personal goals are worked towards with your very own trainer.

 The Badminton Academy holds strong links with Topflight Badminton Club who are one of the biggest and strongest clubs in the south of England where players can develop their skills and gain high level match practice.

Itchen College has been a massive part of my badminton development. When I was training here I became the English under-17 national singles champion and the help I received from the college both in my training and my studies has allowed me to continue to compete as well as get a really good education, which gained me a place at Loughborough University. If any young player is looking to get a great education and keep playing sport then Itchen is the place for you.
- Harry Wang, AoC Champion
Harry Wang and Kelvin Latimer have been to the AoC Finals in the past 3 years!

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Student success

Josie Latimer

Josie Latimer

Josie Latimer is two time British College Sport champion. Josie has won both junior and national level tournaments and has represented Hampshire first team. Josie left Itchen to go to Southampton Solent University where she successfully gained a first class honours in Applied Sports Science.

Harry Wang

Harry Wang

Harry Wang was an English national junior badminton champion and British College Sport champion. Harry has won major UK senior tournaments and represented England at club level playing for Top Flight Badminton Club in the European Club Championships. Following his time at Itchen, Harry spent a year training at professional clubs both in China and Malaysia before going to Loughborough University.

Key personnel

Steve Smith - Head Coach

Steve Smith

Steve Smith BSc (Hons) MPROF has a UKCC Level 3 badminton coaching qualification, has worked with national junior champions and gained a great deal of top level knowledge from coaching experience in China and Malaysia. A former international tournament player and national club champion, Steve has developed an exceptional player-centred approach to his coaching through an excellent knowledge of physical training methods and the psychology behind how to improve and win.

For more information please contact Steve Smith, Head of Badminton Academy:
023 8043 5636 ext. 208