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Training & Knowledge / / 31 October, 2017

Best academies for aspiring Badminton players

Ever since the stupendous success of the two Hyderabadi girls at the Olympics, Badminton has taken a giant step in bringing more youngsters into the game. Though Hyderabad remains a mecca in terms of producing elite Badminton players, there are few states who have invested heavily in their youth programs & the Delhi is one of those states. Check out the list-

There’s no doubt now that India has an appetite for other sports provided it brings success and laurels to our nation because nobody cheers for losers. So considering the rising fan base and an increasing player pool, we have compiled a list of best Badminton Academies in and around Delhi. Though a good academy or Dronacharya may give you perfect guidance and assistance to excel in this sport, it’s always your attitude and hard work that will decide the level of your success:


1. United Shuttlers Badminton Academy

Location: Yamuna Sports Complex, Surajmal Vihar, East Delhi

Coached By: Ajay Kanwar and Manjusha Kanwar

Fee: INR 1500 (for member) and INR 2000 (for non-members)

Timings: 3 pm to 9 pm

Entry age: 6 years

Contact person: Vasudha Singh - 9810431128

This academy was started in October 2011 by the badminton player couple Ajay and Manjusha Kanwar. This is the only academy in north India which is affiliated to the Hyderabad-based GopiChand Academy.

While Ajay Kanwar participated in the Thomas Cup, World Badminton Championship, Asian Championship, and many international open tournaments before quitting in 1994, Manjusha has many titles under her belt, including a silver medal in the mixed doubles category at the 2004 South Asian Games. The academy also boasts another six coaches who have represented India in many International events. The academy trains around 200 aspiring Badminton players in various age groups from Tuesday to Saturday.


2. MV Bisht Academy

Location: DDA Sports Complex, Siri Fort, August Kranti Marg

Senior Coach: Madhumita Bisht and Vikram Bisht

Fee: Rs. 3000

Timings: 3 pm to 6 pm

Entry age: 7 years

Contact person: Vikram Singh Bisht - 9818184787

Madhumita Bisht was an esteemed Badminton player before she opted for full time coaching in 2002. The highest point in her career came in 1982 when she won a bronze medal at the Asian games. She was also the part of core group of national coaches who coached the Indian badminton team for the London Olympics in 2016.

She opened the academy with her husband Vikram Bisht, a bronze medallist in badminton at the 1982 Asian Games. The Academy has three centres in and around Delhi. Each in DDA Sports Complex, Siri Fort and Saket and Air Force Bal Bharti School, Lodhi Road.


3. SAI’s Badminton Training Centre

Venue: Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, ITO

Senior Coach: P P Singh

Fee: Rs. 100 (for govt school students) Rs. 300 for others

Timings: 7 am to 10.30 am and 3.30 pm to 7.30 pm

Entry age: 8 years

Contact person: IGI Stadium - 01123392729, PP Singh - 01122729973

The centre is run by the Sports Authority of India under the under the watchful eyes of Ministry of Sports, the Government of India. The centre came into existence right after the stupendous success of Indian Badminton players at the 1982 Asian Games. The centre is a Mecca for aspiring Badminton athletes and is renowned for producing elite national and international level players. This Badminton institute is headed by four experienced coaches, including chief coach PP Singh, who joined in 1995.

Because this Badminton Academy is run by the Government of India, the fee charges by the centre is very low in comparison to other privately run Badminton academies and as per the government’s ‘come and play’ scheme, anyone above the age of 8 is eligible to enroll for training. As a result, the centre has attracted over 800 students who share 10 training courts. A student who comes in for the regular coaching, says, “because of the number of students, the coaches are finding it extremely challenging to discover the ones with real potential and train them.”


4. Delhi Govt’s Badminton Training Centre

Venue: Thyagaraj Sports Complex, INA Colony and Ludlow Castle Sports Complex, Shamnath Marg

Senior Coach/Owner: Vikas Kumar Sharma and Ashwini Kumar

Fee: No fee (Free)

Timings: 2 pm to 7 pm

Entry age: 6 years

Contact person: Vikas Kumar Sharma - 9873550555

The sports wing of the Directorate of Education of the Delhi government runs two badminton training centres -

Thyagaraj Sports Complex and Ludlow Castle Sports Complex - for school children.

“The two centres are running under the Delhi government’s sports promotion scheme. We conduct a trial and select candidates based on their basic skills. We don’t charge any fee. Each child gets shuttles free of cost,” says Vikas Kumar Sharma, a qualified coach from the National Institute of Sports, Patiala.

While Thyagaraj Sports Complex has six courts, Ludlow Castle Sports Complex provides four courts for
training. Admission is restricted to Delhi schools students.


5. Surjit Singh Badminton Academy

Venue: DDA Sports Complex, Pitampura

Chief coach: Surjit Singh

Fee: Rs. 2000 (for non-members) and Rs. 1500 (for members)

Timings: 3 pm to 5.30 pm

Entry age: 5 years

Contact person: Surjit Singh - 9811213770, Tanvir Gill- 9711259375

After serving the Sports Authority of India as a senior coach for several years, Surjit Singh started his own academy in 2005. Though the academy is only seven years old, it has managed to produce players who have earned laurels at both at the national and international levels.

The Academy has a total of 60 candidates out of which 15 to 20 have been playing international-level matches.

Besides Singh, the academy has three other coaches - Mohita Sahdev, Tanveer Gill and Pawan Kumar. “We have divided the students into various groups according to their age and calibre and are training them accordingly. While Mohita and Tanveer, who are still playing international competitions, coach senior players, Pawan imparts training to the young people. We have three well-equipped courts which are fairly sufficient for our training requirements,” informs Singh.


6. Ardor Badminton Academy (ABA)

Venue: DDA Sports Complex Rohini and Roshnara Club Pvt. Ltd, Roshnara Road

Chief coach/Director: Arun Khurana

Fee: Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1500, depending on the training centre

Timings: 11 am to 2 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm

Entry age: 8 years

Contact person: Arun Khurana - 9811870511

With an aim to motivate more children to play badminton, Arun Khurana started Ardor Badminton Academy in June 2011. Before that he worked as a badminton coach in the sports branch of the directorate of education, Delhi administration, from November 2004 to April 2011.

“We have three other experienced coaches besides me who focus on intense training, including periodic visits by nutrition experts, yoga experts, physiotherapists, and counsellors. We use sports as an instrument for developing values, teamwork, building communication and leadership skills,” says Khurana. The academy, which currently has 38 students, has four courts. “We have a bunch of promising students many of whom have managed to get admission to prestigious DU colleges under the sports quota,” says Khurana.


7. DK Academy

Venue: DDA Sports Complex, Siri Fort

Chief coach/owner: Dinesh Khanna

Fee: Rs. 1600 (for members) and Rs. 2200 (for non-members)

Timings: 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Entry age: 5 years

Contact person: Dinesh Khanna - 9871054234

India’s glory at international badminton tournaments can be traced back to the 1960s when players like Dinesh Khanna were ruling the courts. He was the first Indian to fetch a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games. He also won the first Asian Championship in 1965.

“I played for the country for 15 years from 1961 to 1976 and today my only aim of running an academy is to share my experience with the children who are aspiring to become international players. I have three well-qualified coaches who are training around 60 students,” says Khanna, who has conferred the Arjuna Award in 1965 for his contribution to Indian sports.

“As far as infrastructure is concerned, DDA’s Siri Fort complex has four air-conditioned badminton courts which are quite good for summer training. During the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the same courts were used by international players for the purpose of practice. It's heartening to see the kind of promise that the budding players of my academy demonstrate,” says Khanna.


8. DDA Sports Complex, Dwarka

Venue: Sector 11, Dwarka

Chief coach: S P Singh

Fee: Rs. 800 (for members) and Rs. 1600 (for non-members)

Timings: 3 pm to 5.30pm

Entry age: 5 years

Contact person: S P Singh - 9910032782

Started in 2011 by S P Singh, who has been associated with badminton for the last 40 years (first as a player and later as a coach), this training centre has been popular among professional and amateur players alike. Singh was the secretary of the Delhi Badminton Association before opening the academy.

“I remained the Delhi state champion for ten years before I quit playing in 1985 and started coaching young players. I have trained the Delhi state team for several years,” says Singh.

There are total four badminton courts in this complex, which have 60 students practising in various shifts from Tuesday to Saturday. Under a DDA scheme, children from economically weaker sections are admitted free of cost. “I have a mixed bag of students. Some are extremely promising while for some badminton is a hobby,” says Singh.

So if you are aspiring to be a professional badminton player, aiming to play and represent at the National and International level, then you can choose from the above 8 academies as per your choice. These academies will be able to provide you with the professional guidance and training required to excel in this sport.


9:-Sai's badminton training centre:- This Academy was started in the year 1982 and is run by Sports Authority of India under the ministry of sports, government of India. This academy has 10 training courts and is run by some of the highly professional experts. This Academy has given some players to national and international level and is considered as one of the best Badminton Academy in India.

Address: Sports Authority of India, Near ITO Bridge , Delhi- 110002
Phone Number: 01123392729

Dialing on this phone no…u can tell ur intermediate ,beginner or proffesional then only they will decide fees


10:- . Ardor Badminton Academy (ABA)

This is one of the famous Badminton Academies in Delhi. It was started by Arun Khurana who also worked as a badminton coach in the sports branch of the directorate of education, Delhi. This academy has four courts with expert professionals who give intense training to the learners and guide them with best badminton techniques to become one of the best professional badminton players in the future.

Address: 23, Bhisham Lal Sharma Marg, Pocket A, Block A, Baldev Park, Defence Colony, Delhi, 110051

Phone Number: 098102 87836



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