Profiles

Coach & Player Profiles

Abbeydale Park Badminton Club and Abbeydale Badminton Academy have a highly experienced team of coaches. Please see below for further details about all our coaches playing and coaching experience.

Alex Marritt

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Alex is Head Coach and Performance Director at the ABA. He has worked in performance badminton for over 20 years, and has a wealth of experience covering schools, county, university, national and international levels of play. He has worked with the UKs top players, who have gone on to Olympic, commonwealth and World championship success.

As a player, he has been ranked UK top 5, has 17 county titles to his name, and over 150 senior county caps. He has been British Unis Men’s Singles champion, and is also the current 35+ Masters National Champion for singles and doubles.

Alex is a regular player for both the Yorkshire League and current Sheffield Champions Abbeydale Men’s Feathers A team.

Contact: headcoach@abbeydalebadminton.co.uk

Vicki Smith

Vicki Smith

Vicki has a long association with Abbeydale, playing as a junior and representing the club in Sheffield and Yorkshire leagues for more years than she cares to mention.
She was part of the Yorkshire Masters +40 Team who won both the Inter-County Challenge and the Masters County Championships in 2017-18.
She especially enjoys working with beginners on a Saturday and developed the Little Smashers session for children as young as four.

Contact: secretary@abbeydalebadminton.co.uk

Chloe Birch

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Chloe has played and trained at Abbeydale since she was 8 years old and is now double National Champion in Women’s singles and a member of the Senior England team.

She is now part of the Abbeydale coaching team, from which she herself initially developed, where she can use her experience to help coach the next generation of young Abbeydale players.

Cristen Marritt

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Cristen has been a performance coach at the ABA for 6 years, moving to Sheffield after completing her Masters in Sports Psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Born in the Isle of Man, she has represented her country at 3 consecutive commonwealth games (Delhi, Glasgow and most recently Gold Coast), and has won multiple medals at the NatWest Island Games.
She has been ranked top 10 in the UK for women’s singles and mixed doubles, partnering Head Coach and husband Alex.
She is a regular player for both Abbeydale Ladies and Yorkshire league teams

Matt Stacey

Matt Stacey

Matt is a new addition to the coaching team for the 2018/19 season, although he has represented Abbeydale in various teams for the past 7 years including captaining the Men’s Feathers A team in 2017/18 to an unbeaten season to win the top division in the Sheffield League for the first time in the club’s history.
Matt studied Sports Development and Coaching at Sheffield Hallam and also coaches full time in Nottinghamshire for the Nottinghamshire Outlaws (formally Notts Performance Centre).
He regularly plays national tournaments and currently plays for Notts 1st team and is multiple senior restricted mens and mixed doubles champion.

Shaye Frances

Shaye Frances

Shaye has a long association with Abbeydale, having come through the ABA coaching system as a junior.
She represented her county from the age of 11 and in recent years she has represented Abbeydale in several senior teams and currently plays in the senior Badminton England circuit.
She is now one of our student players and is the Squad Coach at the University of Sheffield. Shaye is a developed young level 2 coach and loves working with our young players on Saturday morning.

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith

Jess has trained at Abbeydale since she first began playing badminton, developing to a standard where she could represent the club in Sheffield and Yorkshire League teams.
She is now studying at the University of St Andrews, where she plays an active part in the badminton club, representing the university in Scottish BUCs.
Jess is a Level 2 coach, who is always happy to fill in coaching sessions when she is at home from Uni, giving her the opportunity to improve her coaching through working with the other, more experienced, coaches and a variety of players.

Nathan Rossiter

Nathan Rossiter

Nathan is a 20 year old, polite, well rounded young badminton coach. Although he only stands at 5ft 8, he has a much bigger presence on a badminton court. His career highlights include guiding Abbeydale’s once great Alex Marritt to the Yorkshire Restricted title on several occasions. He has represented his county at both junior and senior levels, as well as playing both the senior national and international circuit. Away from the badminton court, Nathan can be found with his head in a maths textbook, training his brain to be as large as his biceps and looks forward to working with our players on Wednesdays and Mondays.

Ian Sills

Ian Sills

Ian has been coaching at Abbeydale and in the local area for over 10 years. Ian has been a member of Abbeydale Badminton Club for over 25 years and is a regular in the Men’s and Combined Teams. He also owns the local racket sports shop Clubrackets.com on Abbeydale Road.
Ian specialises in Adult Beginners and Improvers and regularly organises beginner sessions at the club.