• Under 12s
  • Under 14s
  • Under 16s
  • Under 18s

Under 12’s Coach – Zeyar Win

Zeyar Win is a highly experienced Level 3 coach with many years of county junior and senior coaching experience. He returns to the county coaching team this year, taking responsibility for the U12 squad this season.

Zeyar is a highly valued tutor and assessors for Badminton England and has delivered many coach education courses throughout Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Essex and Middlesex.

Currently Head Coach at The Fast Step Academy, he has worked tirelessly to give children and adults the opportunity to play badminton in a fun learning environment through his network of clubs, schools, adult education and personal coaching.

U14’s  & Head Coach – Karen Chapman-Gain

I started playing at the age of eight won my first Sussex Junior title at the age of 11. I then had squad training and my coach was a Mr. T. Bowker of whom most of you would have known. By the age of thirteen I was playing U16 International Badminton, winning several Junior National Titles.

From the age of 13 I started to play Senior County Badminton and was playing many senior tournaments and represented Sussex for over twenty years.

At the age of 15 I was already playing U18 International Badminton and at that age won my first major international title becoming European Junior Mixed Doubles Champion, which I successfully retained two years later and added the Ladies Doubles title and the team event of which I was a regular member.

At the age of 17 I was selected to represent our National Team obtaining my first international cap in Canada and winning my first international title in the ladies doubles. From there I continued to play international badminton for many years obtaining 50 International appearances and travelling the world, it was at this age I suffered a severe knee injury which lead me to specialise in Ladies and Mixed doubles.

My most notable achievements would be as follows: Commonwealth Games Mixed Doubles Gold Medallist, Ladies Doubles Bronze Medallist and Team Gold. European Ladies Doubles Gold Medallist. All England Mixed Doubles Runner Up and World Championships Mixed Doubles Bronze Medallist.

I was very fortunate then to get involved in coaching and management. Working with our National U18 squad for two years and then getting the opportunity to coach and manage our senior international squads at two Uber Cup Championships and two European Championships. Highlight of that career was being asked to Coach and Manage our 1998 Commonwealth Games team in the four year preparation and competition of which the team were very successful.

I feel that I am still privileged to have the opportunity to help the next generation to achieve and enjoy the sport as much as I am still doing.

Under 16’s Coach – Will Hilton-Jackson


My Name is Will Hilton-Jackson and I have been an avid badminton player since I was just nine years old and representing Sussex from ten years old.

In preparation for the London 2012 Olympics in June 2009, I was invited to join the High Performance Squad at Wimbledon. Wimbledon was used as one of the Olympics training grounds and I was lucky enough to be a part of, and to train and compete against the UK’s best players. I trained full time and pushed my singles career into the next level by finishing in the elite training squad by achieving top 20 in the men’s singles category. I have played in many tournaments all over the UK, so bring a wealth of experience to my coaching sessions.

I decided to stop playing professionally in 2012 and concentrate on giving back to the young up-and-coming players in Sussex. I have been part of the coaching team at Horsham Arun Performance Centre since 2006 and have also been apart of many schools, colleges
and sport centres across the county. It is very rewarding to see the young players come through and develop in their skills and abilities as badminton players. I hope to continue helping players achieve their goals and be successful in the sport and I look forward to working with the coaching team and future squads at Sussex County Junior Badminton.

Under 18’s Coach – Jonty Russ

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