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Meet our highly trained and dedicated coaching team, who will take your game to the next level
coach Druva - Star Badminton Academy

Dhruva Kumar

Founder and Director

Druva has a level 3 certification for Badminton coaching from England. Druva is also certified in fitness, sports nutrition and diet. He is an ex-State level player & an engineer by profession.
Dhruv has the following certifications

  1. Level 3 National Badminton Center – Birmingham UK
  2. Level 2 from Birmingham UK
  3. Level 1 from Reading UK
  4. BWF coach education Level 1 – online component
  5. Child Health and Safety program – Manchester UK
  6. Gym fitness and Level 2 fitness training with strength and conditioning from Central London UK.

Ganguly Prasad

Coaching Advisor

Guru Dronacharya Awardee Shri  Ganguly Prasad is a true legend of the game who requires no introduction. He was the coach of Pullela Gopichand from 1998 to 2001 and played a major role in Gopichand becoming the All England Champion in 2001. He has also coached other stalwarts of the game like Aparna Popat, Nikhil Kanetkar, Ajit Vijaytilak, Sanave Thomas, Jaseel P. Ismail, Aneesh, and others who have won many National and International medals. He was India’s Senior Coach for three consecutive World Championships. He is currently a chief advisor for the Badminton Association of India, and one of the chief selectors for Khelo India. 

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BADMINTON ACADEMYOur TEAM

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Chief CoachChethan Kumar

Chethan has been coaching since 2012, and was assigned the role of  head coach at Star Academy for pro players since 2014. He was the mastermind behind Star’s signature program named “Project 10” which he has been leading for the past 2 years. Before starting his coaching journey, he was a highly accomplished badminton player and was awarded by badminton legend Prakash Padukone and S.P Sangliyana at KBA ( Karnataka Badminton Association) for both singles and doubles.

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Head CoachIrshad

Irshad has over 16 years of coaching experience under his belt, and has coached and delivered exceptional players during his tenure. He worked with coach Anup Sridhar for 1 year at the Karnataka Badminton Association, and was part of the team training India’s top players like Ajay Jayram, Daniel Farid, Hemanth Gowda, Harshit Agarwal, and Tanvi Lad. During his long career, he has also delivered other outstanding players like B.R. Sankeerth (currently plays for Canada), Poorvisha S Ram (now plays in Gopichand Academy, representing India) and Sahil Sipani (represented Karnataka U19).

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Operational ChiefManjesh Virat Gowda

Manjesh is an achiever, and at a young age, has already successfully run businesses specializing in sports equipment retail & wholesale. He already has 15 years of experience under his belt, and is currently in charge of operations for the entire Star Academy facility.

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Accounts and Customer Relationship ManagerSimran Mohammad

Before joining the Star family, Simran has worked as a team leader at Baskin Robbins. Her background is mainly in customer relations and retail. She has great communication skills and an excellent work ethic. We are proud to have her as a part of our growing Star Academy team.

BADMINTON ACADEMYOther COACHES

Our qualified coaches are always on hand to inspire, encourage and share their passion for the beautiful game.
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CoachYashas Ashok

An erstwhile student of Star, Yashas is currently pursuing his formal education while working with Star to gain experience as a coach. He has completed the online component of BWF Coach Education Level 1, and BWF Online Shuttle Time Component certifications, and is currently pursuing higher level certifications. Well spoken, confident, with clear visions and goals Yashas has been an enthusiastic addition to the Star team.

coach Sathish - Star Badminton Academy

CoachSathish

Originally a talented and acclaimed cricketer, Sathish has never looked back after being bitten by the badminton bug. He is one of the oldest (tenure wise) team members of Star and is one of the most reliable and dependable people. Coaching, managing the academy, standing in at times of emergency. Sathish has done it all. He is a trusted and valuable asset of the Star team.

coach Nikhil - Star Badminton Academy

CoachNikhil

Nikhil is from Andra Pradesh and has been associated with badminton for over 6 years now. A gold medalist ANU University player, Nikhil is one of our most dexterous young coaches. Disciplined, dependable and hardworking, Nikhil adds solid value to the Star team!

coach Prem Kumar - Star Badminton Academy

CoachPrem Kumar

Prem hails from Andhra Pradesh. Prem has been associated with badminton for 8 + years.  He has  represented the JNTU university and has played several state tournaments for Andhra Pradesh. Soft spoken and determined, Prem gets along with everyone and is a great addition to the Star team.

coach Akshay - Star Badminton Academy

CoachAkshay

Akshay is the newest joinee in our Star family. Whatever he lacks in experience he makes up for in enthusiasm and dedication. He has been learning the ropes under the tutelage of our experienced coaches. He is also studying to get his coaching certification.

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