Sam was a junior member, when back from University he helped out with the coaching at the club. Unfortunately for us he has now moved out of the area - he kindly put his story into words for our site, read on to see what he said.
"I Started playing badminton when I was I was 8 years old and soon got a real “buzz” for it. I joined the Baldock Junior Badminton Club (BJBC) when I started secondary school and with the help of Bob’s coaching and inspiration competed for North Herts in the Youth games where we went on to win the badminton competition!
I worked hard during the sessions and made it into the U’15’s county squad and eventually moved on to an adult club from the BJBC competing in local league matches for in for the Letchworth and District Badminton League.
At the University of Hull where I was heavily involved in all aspects of their badminton club from competing in BUCS, local league matches and Individual tournaments, to socials and other events.
I settling into uni life was very easily, a large part of which was down to joining the badminton club where I quickly made many new friends but it also opened up many opportunities for me. At the end of my 1st year I took the level 1 coaching course and in my second year became a 'No Strings' co-ordinator running a weekly no-strings session. I also joined the badminton club's committee as the Vice president.
Towards the end of my second year I passed the level 2 coaching course and now do coaching at the club as well as on a one to one basis. I was elected as President of the club for the upcoming year, there were over 150 members, and I was involved with all aspects of running the club – which required a lot of time and responsibility!
In my third year at University I become the Higher education officer (HEO) for the University of Hull which involved working closely with Badminton England to promote badminton at the Uni and surrounding areas.
I am very grateful to the BJBC which has given me many opportunities in my student life."