Badminton is the most played sport in India currently. One of the main reasons this sport has caught on with the masses is that it can be played under any weather conditions, be it on a rainy day or on a hot summer’s day does not matter.
Bangalore has always been the sporting capital of India. Over many decades, the city has produced many sporting legends, for example, e.g., Prakash Padukone, Vimal Kumar, Arvind Bhat, Ashwini Ponnappa, Anil Kumble, Pankaj Advani, Arjun Hallappa, Mahesh Bhupathi to name a few.
Bangalore arguably started the first high-performance badminton coaching center in the country by Prakash Padukone. The likes of Pullela Gopichand, Arvind Bhat, Vinod Kumar, Anup Sridhar started training under him. With the ever-growing interest in badminton, private institutions have made huge investments in creating high-performance badminton academies. Here is the list of top academies in Bangalore:
The Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) was set up in 1994 by badminton legend Prakash Padukone in partnership with former national champion and Indian team chief coach Vimal Kumar. The Academy is renowned for grooming successive generations of national and international badminton players since its inception. Located at Padukone – Dravid Center for Sports Excellence Survey No 336, Bettahalasuru Jala Hobli, Yelahanka Taluk, Yelahanka, Bengaluru, Karnataka 562157. The Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy imparts top-notch training and coaching to young players who are selected to the Academy on merit, and to whom training and facilities are provided on a scholarship basis.
Headed by Arvind Bhat, a former national champion and the only Indian to win the German Open. The Level Up Badminton Academy is one of the prominent places that provide world-class badminton coaching whether you are a beginner or an advanced player. An inclusive environment that empowers students to enjoy and compete at their full potential. The Level Up Badminton academy do provide scholarship for aspiring players under what they call “THE GIFTED ATHLETE PROGRAM”. Located in Sarjapur area, at the heart of the I.T sector, with 12 international courts, lodging & boarding facilities along with gym and dedicated health and fitness coach to monitor players. Level Up has produced many state and national champions in the last 5 years. The Level Up academy is recognized under the Government of India’s ‘KHELO INDIA’ program.
Karnataka Badminton Association is one other high-performance center based in the heart of the city. KBA was set up in 1950 under the leadership of late Mr. Ramesh Padukone (Prakash Padukone’s father) to promote badminton in Karnataka. Located at No 4 Jasma Bhavan Road, Millers Tank Bund Rd, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru - 560052.
Aims to develop players of world-caliber using international coaching techniques and in the process contribute to make India a global force in world badminton. Tom John has been involved in badminton coaching for the last 30 years. Started badminton training in Bangalore in 2016 based at TOM'S Badminton Academy ARATT Sports World, near ARATT Lake Bay Apartments, Singasandra, off Hosur Road, Begur, Bangalore. Tom John with his coaching staff is committed to the academy’s vision of producing champions.
Opened in 2017, Selenite badminton academy has constantly strived to be a front-runner in the arena of badminton. Equipped with the best coaches and amenities, Selenite strives to provide the best coaching possible and to ensure the holistic development of its athletes. Selenite Sports Academy Private Limited, SMVN & BAPU Institutions Campus, Judicial Layout II Phase, Thalaghattapura, Bangalore – 560 062. Players at Selenite are training under the supervision of Vinod Kumar, former Indian doubles players, one of the best players of his time.
Located in JP Nagar, 7th phase, the academy is a state-of-the-art badminton facility, heavily focused on transforming sporting culture in the youth. The founder of the academy has a desire to impart first-class training and coaching to talented young individuals. YPBA has a team of badminton lovers having immense knowledge and experience. YPBA has an ideal setup for nurturing badminton talent.
High performance coaching centers are distinctly different from normal academies. They focus on helping players avoid injuries and illnesses while maintaining peak performance. Help players recover from injuries through rehabilitation programs. As John Wooden said, “A good coach can change a game, a great coach can change a life”.