Testimonials

Thank you to all those who have provide these words.  I hope that they give you an insight into my philosophy and passion.
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Badmintonandy

Working with Andy ensures that you aren’t learning from a textbook, you’re learning from his experience

 

I had the pleasure of being tutored by Andy for my Badminton World Federation Level 1 in 2020

Throughout the course, Andy’s tutoring was professional, insightful and always supportive regardless of experience level.  Every candidate was helped in whatever area they needed.

Badmintonandy.com reflects Andy’s experience and has proved to be an invaluable resource both in passing the assessments necessary for the BWFL1, and as a CPD resource going forwards.

This website encourages the asking of questions, providing an educational space to develop as both a coach and a player.  Andy has a wealth of knowledge developed over years of working with different countries, different governing bodies and different qualification providers – this tends to ensure that you aren’t learning from a textbook, you’re pulling on his experience.

I would highly recommend keeping this website Badmintonandy in mind whenever a coaching question crops up

Don’t forget to visit Badmintonandy’s social media accounts, as they are also very worth following from a CPD point of view

 

Tasha Cutter

BWFL1 Coach and badminton enthusiast
Badmintonandy

Go and be inspired by different views, new content and international points of view!

 

If you are like me and are keen to always learn and like to share an opinion then you will enjoy interacting with like-minded coaches on badmintonandy.com

Let’s be honest, none of us know it all yet we don’t naturally opt to discuss our challenges with fellow coaches.

Not many enjoy being challenged however I personally love it when people are offering another perspective …….this is what badmintonandy.com is all about.

I met Andy a few years back in Leigh at a junior event and we hit it off so well that we discussed all things badminton for most of the day.

Go and be inspired by different views, new content and international points of view!

 

 

Jurgen Van Leeuwen

Parent/coach/extreme hobbyist
Badmintonandy

His willingness to help others has always been a cornerstone of his style

 

Andy Stewart is a student of the game and continually seeks out more knowledge from all sources.

Within his website, he is able to share his knowledge in a clear, concise fashion which is a great asset to every person who reads it, whether junior/senior player, coach or indeed anyone who just loves or has an interest in the game. His willingness to help others has always been a cornerstone of his style.

Andy delivers valuable insights into a wide variety of topics; it is a testament to his commitment to badminton. His passion for badminton is evident to anyone who speaks to him.

Well done Andy and thanks; long may it continue!

 

 

Donal OHalloran

Junior National Coach, Wales
Badmintonandy

Andy has a way of making you think outside the box

 

Andy is great to work with and is always searching for ways to develop himself, players and coaches.

He is forever asking questions and has a way of making you think outside the box.

The 6 ways section is simple and easy to follow, but always makes you ask is it really that simple?

 

 

Catherine McCluskey

Coach Developer and BWF Tutor
Badmintonandy

Thanks for the fast replies and professional way of thinking

 

I have been coached by Andy since I was 12 years old, since that time both as a player and more recently as a coach.

Andy has had a great influence on my coaching style and ideology, particularly when I am coaching at junior level. Andy has brought out a more enthusiastic side of coaching the beginners-intermediate players, giving me many more activities/exercises to utilise, challenging my ways of coaching and thinking.

As a coach who is still learning the trade and focused on improving my skills, I have found Andy extremely helpful. More so of his fast replies and professional way of thinking.

My 3 favourite posts Andy has published have been choosing a badminton University, coaching backwards and 6 Ways to coach a better backhand

 

Scott Oates

Welsh International and Badminton Coach
Badmintonandy

I recommend that you sign up, have a read – challenge yourself!!  

 

I have known Andy for over many years (nearly 30yrs) going back to my early playing days as a junior. He is very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and always looking for new ideas and challenges to better himself and others he interacts with.

I always enjoy my chats with Andy.  They make me really think about my views on pretty much all aspects of badminton and the way I think about my playing and coaching, checking and challenging my thought process.

The Badminton Andy website and ‘The 6 ways’ is a great source of thought-provoking challenges to the way you think about your badminton.

Sign up, have a read – challenge yourself!!

Martyn Lewis

Head of Performance Badminton, Nottingham University
Badmintonandy

When I have a Question I can always ask Andy

 

I have only just started coaching, a beginner coach who is still a player. I have met Andy on BWF Coach course level 1.  That Course was in my country in the Ukraine

I do not have much experience in coaching work, actually, I only started to coach 2 years ago. So I am very happy and thankful that I had the chance to meet Andy on that course 😊

Andy is a very interesting person and coach. His philosophy does not seem to use a standard number of coaching rules. He provides me with a new philosophy about coaching badminton.  It’s great working with him

Andy’s coaching philosophy includes different and creative ways, not the ordinary ways that I’ve seen. It is like a special kind of art and that is very important when we work with kids.  I believe that his way of coaching is the best way for coaches to work.

There is one thing I know, is that if I have a question I can always ask Andy, and get many thoughts and suggestions to think about

 

Daria Sibiryakova

Coach & Player
Badmintonandy

Andy’s always interesting, varied, knowledgeable & supportive

 

As a semi-retired experienced league/county player working with a wide range of social/league players, I thought I had an in-depth knowledge of badminton playing and club coaching I was so wrong

Andy’s always interesting, varied, knowledgeable and supportive tutoring style of coaching really made the course fly by, whilst enabling me to completely MOT my understanding and delivering of BWF coaching techniques and principals.

The willingness to share and be open in a friendly supportive challenging environment, led to lots of on and off course learning, thinking and reflection.

One important coaching phase I will now use a lot, ‘it depends’!, also getting the players to think for themselves and solve problems really struck a chord with me!

I can’t wait to get on the court and use the wide range of coaching tools in my toolbox that Andy helped us all develop.

A very enjoyable experience!

 

Dean Clarke

RAF Community Development Officer

Such a great coach with a lovely manner and so helpful

Having met Andy in Dublin this year at the coaches conference for the first time. I found his style of coaching very similar to my own and was very easily able to connect with what he was saying .

I was delighted to find out that he had a web site available on his coaching.  I have watched several of his clips and find them really useful. He brings lots of new ideas on how to relate coaching, in technical terms to very basic terms for children to understand and follow.

His web site is one of the best that I have found on the internet for badminton.

Michelle Corr

Kerry juvenile coach
Badmintonandy

Andy always has lots of ideas for activities to work on similar skills

Hi, I’m Dani Garcia, a player from Badminton Granollers and coach of the Catalan Federation, working with the technification junior players.

I have also a quite long experience as a teacher, working in a primary school in the last 13 years, and at the University in the last three.

I met Andy, six years ago, and since then I admire him. his way of teaching, the vocabulary that he always uses, his body language, his patience and for sure his passion on Badminton.  I am proud to be his friend on and off the court.

As a PE teacher, Andy’s information has helped me when working with players.  Especially working on their psychological skills, developing their stability, coordination, and use of space on the court.  Andy always has lots of ideas for activities to work on similar skills in many, many different ways.

I always look forward to his visits to work and learn from him.  I try to take as much profit as possible from Andy.  Good badminton players start being good from the beginning, and Andy knows that.

Dani Garcia

Badminton Coach : Granollers Club & Catalan Federation
Badmintonndy

Its my first go to for inspiration and ideas

Listening to Andy at coaches conferences the past few years I’ve always come away feeling pushed/encouraged to check how I coach, when I coach and what to coach for different situations.

This website is now my first go to for inspiration and ideas I can use for every type of player. I’ve found it invaluable for coaching 8 year olds holding a racket for the first time to experienced league and academy players.

Simone Higgins

Junior Club Coach and enthusiast
Craig McCourtney

It’s unique and invaluable

It’s unique and invaluable, what this website can offer coaches, parents and players. The content will give you an opportunity to better yourself every day and reach your goals

Craig McCourtney

Education & Training Officer - Badminton Ireland
Badmintonandy.com

My players are always asking when is Andy coming back?

Well, what can I say about coach Andy, he has a passion for Badminton that is hard to describe. So much passion, and it spreads to all the people he meets.

He can always find ways to enable players to learn and be successful no matter how new they are to Badminton. He improves the little things they do and soon these little things all add together for big improvements. The best thing for me is that its very easy to see what he does as its the simple things. However, each child gets a different message, the information they need. He gives his full attention to whoever he coaches and its fantastic to see the look in their eyes as the try things on court. Another things I like is how he involves the parents in the practice and how fun it is for both mom or dad and kid ,its fantastic.

My players are always asking when is Andy coming back?

Dina Abouzeid

Spanish Para Coach, BWF Para Tutor
Badmintonandy.com

This website provides some great critical thinking and provides a wealth of knowledge for users

I have worked with Andy on a range of development pathway projects and I have always found his input precise, educated and thoughtful. The results of this have been sustainable, successful projects across Europe and the Middle East. 

The website unlocks some of this great critical thinking and provides a wealth of knowledge for users.

Richard Vaughan

Badminton Europe Director - Chair of High Performance. Olympian and European medallist.
Ben Cauldwell

Andy has been a fantastic source of ideas and a support through my coaching career

Andy gets badminton.

He has been a fantastic source of ideas and support through my coaching career so far.

He is always willing to share his knowledge and experience and talk through any topic big or small. He is skilled at offering candid unbiased advice on technical development, training philosophy, tactical training, physical development………… the list is endless.

I have invited him to assist on training camps, conferences, coach education events and to assist in daily training and he has always been extremely well received by local coaches and players alike. He has so much passion and dedication to badminton.

The time and energy he puts into helping the players and coaches that he works with is inspiring, and they always want him to visit again.

I am really happy to be able to support Andy’s new project!

I will be following it with great interest!

Ben Caldwell

Head Coach Hamburg, BWF Coach Education Tutor, former Head Coach Cataluny, U15 National Coach Ireland

He is always ready to help you in any matter

Andy is a real badminton lover.  He is always ready to help you in any matter.  He is a hard worker and very happy, and this is contagious

Rafael Lucas

Catalan Badminton President

You have inspired me once again Andy…thanks

I’ve just received the Conditioned Games free download and I’m looking forward to getting on court with the South African players tomorrow for a games session.

You have inspired me once again Andy…thanks.  I’ve been struggling with a player in their understanding of Tactics,  I think u helped me crack it.

Stewart Carson

National Coach : South Africa Badminton
Badmintonandy

There is a saying – to be a teacher you must be a student

 

I first knew of Andy 22 years ago through Roger Mills when I was a junior player.

Roger was my coach for 3 years and a support to Andy in his coaching.  Even as a 14 year old, I was aware of Andy’s work in North Wales and 22 years on Andy’s thirst for knowledge and willingness to share is as unique now as it was back then.

To me, this is what makes Andy a great coach (and I have seen him working with other coaches in different contexts) as well as the humbleness to go with it.

There is a saying – to be a teacher you must be a student

Andy is definitely a student of badminton

Tom Causer

Coach Developer, BWF Tutor, Thinker, Motivator

I would define Andy as a Badminton Lover

From him I have learned that there are no easy or difficult exercises, everything depends on your way of teaching and educating.  And any exercise can be useful if you know how to use it.

From him I have learned that there are no easy or difficult exercises, everything depends on your way of teaching and educating.  And any exercise can be useful if you know how to use it.

Pau Puig

Head coach of the Catalan Badminton Federation / Technical Staff of the Spanish Federation
Badminton Andy

I am so happy to have crossed paths

I have met Andy for many many years ago when I was only 12 years old.

He has been my coach, but I can also call him friend, as we have shared great times during all these years 🙂

I am so happy to have crossed paths because he has taught me many many things. Not only badminton stuff but also general things in life.

I am looking forward to meeting him soon and have one of our fantastic times chatting around the kitchen table.

Lara Lucas Burgos

Player / Coach
Badmintonandy

Andy taught me that the language of badminton is universal, he challenged my thinking

I would feel privileged to share my testimonial with you and anyone who might be interested. I met Andy in Dublin and in that short week under his mentorship I was set me on a path to improving Badminton in my country.

Andy’s time, patience and treating me as an equal, even though his years of experience and wisdom far outweighed mine …motivated me and encouraged me to strive to better myself, which in turn, I hope improves players whose paths I cross.

Andy taught me that the language of badminton is universal. He challenged my thinking and  reminded me that we can all continuously improve.

David Calvert

National Junior Coach South Africa
Badminton Andy

I have no doubt that the site will reflect the challenging nature Andy adopts to provoke and inspire learning

I have had the pleasure of working alongside Andy during or Teicnic badminton camps and at our annual coaches conference over the past three years.

Andy has an eagerness to constantly develop and expand his thinking with a goal to continually evolve his coaching practice. The energy and passion Andy has towards our sport is infectious and you will always go away with a new idea or mindset towards the various aspects of the game after spending time in his company.

Andy has a strong attention to detail as he constantly searches for the latest updates across all the key performance factors that make up the complete player. I look forward to seeing what this new venture brings for Andy and I have no doubt that the site will reflect the challenging nature Andy adopts to provoke and inspire learning.

Daniel Magee

Badminton Ireland Performance Director
Badminton Andy

His approach initiates debate and discussion and he is always happy to provide help and support

I have known and worked with Andy for almost 30 years as a player and as a coach. Andy is a scholar of the game; always looking to improve his understanding of all aspects of our complex and exciting sport, how he communicates more effectively and how he can share his knowledge with others. His approach initiates debate and discussion and he is always happy to provide help and support where appropriate. This latest adventure can only add to the opportunities for others to learn.

I am sure it will be a great benefit to anyone who joins him along the journey

Lyndon 'Will' Williams

BWF & BE Para-Badminton Consultant
Badmintonandy

Andy’s no messing approach combined with a lot of patience and calmness has really brought the best out of him

For the past 9 months, my son has had one hour coaching sessions with Andy. Prior to that, he had never held at badminton racket.  For weeks they hardly picked up a racket and still now a lot of the sessions are focused on coordination and balance practice exercises.  I am amazed how this has later proved an excellent base for racket / shuttle coordination and control. Additionally, Andy’s no messing approach combined with a lot of patience and calmness has really brought the best out of him.

When he first started training with Andy he would get cross easily if there was something he couldn’t do however nine months later we never see that kind of attitude from him as his confidence continues to improve and his focus is shifting from negative to positive. I am excited to see where this coaching will take the him and I’m convinced that it’s a huge benefit to them in any sport they may choose to do later in life.

Having said all of this the most important thing to me is that my son absolutely loves it.

Mette

Mother of 7 yr old son
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I feel my views have been challenges in a positive manner

I have been working with Andy over the last 4 years and have found his guidance and advice extremely beneficial to my badminton coaching career.

Every time we speak I feel that my views have been challenged in a positive manner allowing me to explore and discover new potential opportunities to enhance me as a coach and in turn enhance the players I work with.

Ciarán Chambers

Professional Badminton Coach
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