Tom Wolfenden


At the age of 14 I started to get coached by Ian Palethorpe and Colin Haughton in one-to-one sessions and through the Performance Centre pathway. I got on really well with both of them from the start and instantly knew they were both very knowledgeable and experienced. As ex-professionals they were an inspiration.

Ian and Colin have played a huge part in my success as a Badminton Player, both as coaches and as mentors. By the age of 19 they had helped me to achieve five U19 National titles, a Junior Commonwealth Silver and a Youth Olympic Bronze Medal.

Although they had their different strengths, Ian had experience from level doubles and Colin from a singles background, they always shared the same beliefs and work ethics.

When I got invited to the National Badminton Centre at Milton Keynes to be a professional player they still continued to guide me and helped me with the difficult transition from junior to senior level.They got me prepared as much as I could be both physically and mentally to take the next step.

If the North West Badminton Academy was established when I first started who knows what I would have been able to achieve up to this point. My preparation to succeed would have started at a far earlier stage of my development as a player.

I cannot thank them enough for all they have done for me, I know that I would not be where I am today without their help and support.