About us

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

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

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.

Treasurer – Gill Gould
Comms & Socials (job share) – Hayley Cook

Hayley’s played badminton socially and competitively for more than 10 years and sat on the committee at her previous club, where she served as ladies’ team captain. She’s a marketing and communications manager in her day job and started her career in sports marketing.

Comms & Socials (job share) – Lianne de Mello

Lianne’s a Level 1 qualified coach and has been involved in badminton since getting into the sport in 2015. She’s served as a club committee member 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.

League Officer – Tom Mundy

Tom is a Level 1 qualified coach, and former county player and former mixed team captain. He’s been an organiser for the club for several years, assisting in running club sessions and tournaments, and supporting league teams and team training.

Development Officer – Alex Upcott-Gill
Welfare Officer – Xanthe Gould


We govern our club via a constitution, more information about which can be found here.

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!

As we’re based in this part of the city, we decided to call ourselves Southsea Badminton Club.