Meet the Coaches
Alexandra Park Junior Badminton Club is committed to be as self-sufficient as possible. We have a tried and tested pathway. Player > Volunteer > Coach
Started playing: Aged 13. I played at the club for a long time and levelled up to become a coach.
Ambition: To keep coaching.
Achievements: Being undefeated with my University badminton.
Proudest moment: Passing my L2 coaching and being nominated for a Jack Petchey award.
How I relax: Drawing and eating.
Started playing: Aged 8 on a Norwegian beach. I began my coaching career as a cricket coach because I didn’t want to make the teas.
Ambition: To create a club environment where everyone can play, improve and make lifelong friends and encourage as many girls as possible to play.
Achievements: Badminton England National Volunteer of the Year 2016, Jack Petchey Lifetime Achievement Award 2017, Haringey Volunteer of the Year 2103. Represented England at amateur gold 1990. Represented South of England lacrosse.
Proudest moment: Leading the way to raise £5134 in one week for Badminton4Macmillan 2015.
How I relax: Watching cricket, riding my electric bike.
Started playing: As soon as I could walk! I started by helping coach Rhodes Avenue children before school early in the morning. Ambition: make it to the top 10 senior ranked players in England.
Achievements: U19 National Doubles Finalist 2014 & 2015, U19 Finnish International Champion in singles, doubles and mixed.
Proudest moment: Selection to represent GB and the University of Bath for the World University Games in 2015 in Gwangju, South Korea.
How I relax: There is no time during university term time but the long summer holidays more than make up for it.
Started playing: In 1992 when I was 8, my aunt introduced badminton to me.
How I started as a coach: When I was 16, I started to help my aunt who was the Badminton Federation President in Brazil. I also decided to study PE.
Achievements: I worked at the Rio Olympics as a badminton commentator in 2016. I was also certified as a Pan Am umpire and also passed my L2 qualification as a BWF (Badminton World Federation) Coach.
Proudest moment: When my daughter Luana was born.
How I relax: Playing with my daughter.
Started playing: 3 years ago with my kids as part of a local community club.
How I started as a coach: Judith from the Alexandra Park Club asked me if I would like to help out and I started from there. It has been wonderful to learn about the game and work with so many enthusiastic and talented players.
Ambition: I’m interested to improve my technical game as well as my understanding of the tactical aspects of the game.
Proudest moments: Accompanying my daughter to the London Youth Games Badminton finals. Placing second in the parents and children games at Alexandra Park Club.
How I relax: Skateboarding at Stockwell skate park in Brixton. I’ve been skating since 1982, the park was built in 1978 so its very much my era of reference.
Started playing: In 2012 and began as a volunteer for my DofE bronze award.
Ambition: To continue coaching and move to higher levels.
Achievements: Bronze, silver and gold DofE awards and being nominated for a Jack Petchey award.
Proudest moment: Winning my first school competition (even though we barely dropped any points!)
How I relax: Watching TV when I should be studying…
Started playing: Year 3, 7 years old.
How I started as a coach/volunteer: I progressed throughout the club and increased my skill level. I started volunteering on Mondays after school when I was offered the opportunity.
Ambition: To become a L2 coach and share my passion for the sport with the younger ones who are beginning to learn.
Achievements: Played in many tournaments, won the Haringey Schools Competition four times and finished 3rd in the LYG.
Proudest moment: Winning a match against someone I had repeatedly lost to in the past.
How I relax: Listen to music.
Started playing: Year 7, 11 years old.
How I started as a coach/volunteer: As I developed my skills, I became able to teach techniques and drills to others.
Ambition: To become a L2 Coach and continue to progress other players’ skills, also I aim to progress my skills in the upcoming years.
Achievements: I have won the Haringey Schools Competition four times and finished 3rd in the LYG.
Proudest moment: Overcoming an 11-3 deficit to win 15-14 against Ace Badminton Club.
How I relax: I listen to and play music. I also like to go to the gym.
Started playing: Aged 9
How I started as a coach/volunteer: After getting to a better level of badminton by continuing playing through secondary school, I decided I wanted to help others so I started coaching, and went on to do my DofE bronze.
Ambition: To keep on coaching and to help younger players build their confidence through badminton.
Achievements: Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.
Proudest moment: When I taught a younger player how to smash.
How I relax: Watching TV and seeing my friends.
Started playing: Year 3
How I started as a coach/volunteer: By playing for a long time and eventually becoming good enough to coach.
Ambition: To get my level 3 coaching badge.
Achievements: I am a level 1 coach.
Proudest moment: Me and my dad winning the parent and child competition last year.
How I relax: I watch TV.
Started playing: In Year 3.
How I started as a coach/volunteer: Through the DofE Award in Yr9, since then I have continued to help at the club.
Ambition: To continue playing and coaching badminton at APJBC in order to complete my coaching badges.
Proudest moment: Reaching the semi finals of a Middlesex County badminton tournament.
How I relax: watching TV, playing football with my friends and sleeping.
Started playing: 2015 in Yr8
How I started as a coach/volunteer: The DofE award scheme started my volunteering career. Once the award was finished, I continued to help at the club.
Ambition: To continue helping the community.
Proudest moment: Placing 3rd in a National Matchattax Competition.
How I relax: Admire my Matchattax collection.
Meet the Volunteers
Started playing: Year 2
How I started as a coach/volunteer: I started helping out at the beginners group on Thursdays.
Ambition: To improve my skills playing and coaching badminton.
Achievements: Playing in the U18s Middlesex Restricted Tournament.
Proudest moment: Winning all of our matches in the KS3 Girls Haringey Schools Competition.
How I relax: Talk to friends and watch shows.
Started playing: Year 2
How I started as a coach/volunteer: I started helping out at the Rhodes Avenue Summer Fair and became interested. I also want to help teach my little brother.
Ambition: To become a coach and continue playing badminton.
Achievements: Winning a Jack Petchey Achievement Award at the club.
Proudest moments: Winning matches and tournaments and representing our club.
How I relax: Listen to music and watch Netflix.
Started playing: In Yr5 – 2014
How I started as a coach/volunteer: I wanted to give back to the club.
Ambition: To learn new skills and help others by becoming a helper.
Achievements: I have won many badminton competitions over the years I’ve been playing badminton.
Proudest moments: I have gone on the school orchestra trip 3 years in a row.
How I relax: Watching TV or reading a book.
Started playing: When I was 12.
How I started as a coach/volunteer: I joined Fortismere school club and they recommended that I go to APJBC where I started to play and receive more coaching. When I began my Dof E bronze award I chose badminton as my physical activity and also started volunteering on Thursday afternoons.
Achievements: I got distinction for my grade 6 cello and I’m a brown belt at Karate. I’ve helped raise over £500 for Cancer Research. I have improved a lot at badminton and play in the club teams in the London Junior Club League.
Proudest moment: I represented Haringey in the LYG. I win a difficult singles match against a 6th former.
How I relax: By watching documentaries and reading books, mainly The Classics.
Started playing: Year 7 at APJBC.
How I started as a coach/volunteer: Started to volunteer at the end of Yr9.
Ambition: Professional sports player / emergency services worker.
Achievements: High level of cricket, play the guitar well.
Proudest moment: Appearing on Sky news.
How I relax: Friends, TV, Xbox.
Started playing: Aged 10
How I started as a coach/volunteer: I enjoy badminton and want to help others become better at badminton.
Ambition: To carry on playing and improve my badminton skills.
Achievements: Representing the club and school at tournaments.
Proudest Moment: Coming 4th with my sister at doubles.
How I relax: Watching TV and listening to music.
LEONARDO MAFFEI MERCALLI
Started playing: In year 7, I was 11 years old
How I started as a coach/volunteer: I was getting better at badminton throughout the years and when I started with my DofE bronze award I started volunteering on thursdays after school.
Ambition: To become a coach to progress the younger players’ skills and let them enjoy badminton as they begin to start their badminton career.
Achievements: Being able to ski and snowboard at the age of four.
Proudest moment: Being the first ever captain to reach nationals in my school for a robotics competition.
How I relax: Watching TV.
DHILAN PATEL RAMON
Started playing: Casually.
How I started as a coach/volunteer: My friend encouraged me.
Ambition: To improve my badminton skills and help others learn.
How I relax: Playing the violin and computer games.