The gingercoaching brand was established in July 2010 by Stephen Pritchard.  The brand stands for high quality coaching and delivery incorporating innovation and fun, and stretches across the South-West.

Stephen graduated from UWIC in 2001 with a BSc(Hons) in Sports Coaching.  His first class dissertation analysing Rule Changes in Elite Men’s Singles Badminton was published in the proceedings of the PASS.com conference in 2001.  He spent the next 5 years completing an MSc in Coaching Science whilst working full time, first as a Health and Recreation Officer in the leisure industry, and then as Badminton Development Officer for Somerset.  It was during this time that Stephen began to train as a coach educator and started delivering courses for BADMINTON England.

The completion of his Masters degree coincided with his appointment as a Sports Lecturer at Somerset College in Taunton where he taught on BTEC First and National Diploma programmes as well as on Foundations Degree courses.  Meanwhile, Stephen worked his way through a PGCE qualification.

Throughout his career, Stephen regularly coached badminton in the East Devon area, taking over the clubs at which he learned the game.  Cricket was also a key part of his coaching repertoire as he worked to establish a successful colts section at Seaton Cricket Club.  He holds a level 2 qualification in both sports.

gingercoaching came into being in July 2010 when Stephen finished lecturing.  Since then he has worked with South Somerset Community Badminton Network, Queens Performance Centre, Richard Huish College, Somerset College and Devon Schools Badminton Association.  He has formed links between Seaton CC and local schools and secured Chance to Shine funding to expand this provision.

Further consultancy roles have included co-writing BADMINTON England’s BISI Secondary programme and compiling a BISI for PGCE course combining elements for Primary and Secondary teachers.  In addition Stephen is involved with the ongoing review of Coach Education for BADMINTON England and has written a module as part of the upcoming Coach Licensing project.

Stephen is currently working full time for Devon Cricket as their Schools Development Officer.  Visit www.devoncricket.co.uk to find out more.