About us

We’re a not-for-profit community badminton club run by volunteers. Our goal is to give our members and wider local community a supportive and welcoming place to play badminton every week.

We are a Badminton England affiliated club, with Clubmark and Premier Club status – read more here.

Premier Club logo

The SBC team

The committee of volunteers that runs Southsea Badminton Club is:

Chair – Owen Devine

Owen founded a community badminton club based at Portsmouth College in 2009, and in the following eight years during his tenure as club secretary, it grew to be the among the most successful clubs in Hampshire. A long-time player, he is also a Level 2 badminton coach and committee member for PHBA

Secretary & Deputy Chair – Oliver Ing

Oliver has 7 years of experience of the running and organisation of committees having previously been a part of the SRA (Student Radio Association. He’s a keen badminton player after falling back in love with the sport in 2015. Now working for the University of Portsmouth, Oliver brings a wide range of talents to the committee

Treasurer – Johnny Malynn

Johnny is a keen squash and badminton player and has 4 years experience on the squash committee at KCL. For three of those years, he held the position of treasurer. He’s currently a qualified dentist by trade, and is always available to give a helping hand if needed.

Comms & Socials – Lianne de Mello

Lianne’s been involved in badminton since getting into the sport in 2015. She’s served both as a club committee PR officer and also as a ladies’ team captain. She’s a comms professional in her dayjob and is passionate about making the sport more inclusive, especially for women. 

Development Officer – Vacant

This position is currently vacant. As per our constitution, it is being managed by our Chair and secretary until our next AGM.

League Officer – Tom Mundy

Tom is a Level 1 qualified coach, and former county player and former mixed team captain. He’s been a key organiser for the club to date, assisting in running club sessions and tournaments. He’s currently working towards getting a Level 2 coaching qualification.

Welfare Officer – Natalie Wade

Natalie has played badminton competitively since 2010. She has experience overseeing the welfare of employees in her workplace and is trained in equality and diversity. Natalie is keen to nurture the already welcoming and inclusive environment at Southsea Badminton Club.

Our constitution

We govern our club via a constitution, which is viewable here (ratified September 2018).

Our history

The first badminton association in the world was set up right here in the heart of Southsea.

Our chair Owen researched an information board celebrating this amazing legacy, which now hangs in Wimbledon Park Sports Centre. Keep your eyes peeled and have a read next time you’re in the hall!

We were inspired by these pioneers, and since we’re based in this part of the city, we decided to call ourselves Southsea Badminton Club.