Meet our highly trained and dedicated coaching team,
who will take your game to the next level

We offer the highest level coaching and skills development

Founder and Director

Dhruva Kumar

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.
Coaching Advisor

Ganguly Prasad

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.


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.

Vikram is from Karnataka  and is head of the coaching program at Star. With over 13 years of extensive experience in badminton. Vikram has represented Karnataka in several State and National ranking tournaments. A bit of a Maverick with a soild plan…Vikram is determined to lead the team towards national and international success in competitive badminton.

Swetha has been an accomplished national athlete who has represented Karnataka 15 times, and won medal 13 times at DYSS (2002 – 2005) and SAI (2005 – 2009). Additionally, she has 10 years of experience as a swimming coach at different schools, and a green belt in Taekwondo (won Gold medal @ Southzone championship Goa 2018 in Yellow belt). Before joining the Star family, she worked in Decathlon as Sales Manager, and then as Business development manager at Ansika Trading Pvt ltd. We are proud to have her as a part of our growing Star Academy team.


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


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

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.

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.

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.

Javed has played competitive Badminton at many levels from a very young age. He has participated at school games at the national level, and at state meets in U15 and U17 categories from Andhra Pradesh. He has also won at the district level twice in U15 category and once in U17 category. He also continued participating in tournaments while pursuing his Diploma in Civil from Nova Group of Institutes of Engineering Technology in Vijaywada. Before joining Star Academy, he worked at Apex Badminton Academy in Hyderabad from 2020-2021. Javed has an amazing rapport with young kids and beginner students. We are extremely happy to have him as part of our growing team.