03 Oct 2018
A presentation of the Jim Allworth Cup was made to Terry & Yvonne Gooding by Tim Ward at the Senior Restricted Tournament on Saturday 29th September 2018 in recognition of their many many years of service to Warwickshire Badminton. They have both been stalwart supporters of WSBA for many years and Terry was involved with coaching many WSBA players until his retirement from WSBA in 2016 but they both continue to take a keen interest in all WSBA players.
Information gathered from WSBA contacts with how Terry & Yvonne became involved in Warwickshire Badminton "it started when their son Stephen took up Badminton which I believe may be more than 40 years ago – he retired as WSBA Coaching Manager in May 2017 after many many years coaching the U11/U13 WSBA Squad. Three of his notable U11’s/U13’s that he coached during his time at WSBA are Fontaine Chapman, Rhys Walker and Sam Parsons.
Terry and Yvonne Gooding have been fundamentally important to junior badminton in Warwickshire for over 30 years. From routinely visiting schools and clubs across the county to spot talented players, through coaching including chairing the Warwickshire junior coaching board, to the behind scenes organisation and admin, they have overseen more than 700 players join Warwickshire junior county badminton, and more through local clubs in their home town of Rugby. Terry has been largely responsible for bringing the majority of these into junior county badminton, and he and Yvonne have given them and their parents the kind of unstinting support which has ensured that many have developed into the country's top players. Thirteen have been selected for the England squad over the years, and six have won national titles.
Their focus has not just been on those players achieving national glory; Terry and Yvonne have dedicated huge amounts of their own time to support all junior players whatever level they achieve, including taking teams to tournaments around the country, running annual weekends away for the squad and exchange visits with players from Ireland. In particular, Terry spotted that there was much untapped badminton talent in Birmingham, especially amongst the South Asian community, and he was the driving force behind setting up additional coaching sessions in Birmingham for those players unable to travel to Coventry. Even now, as they approach their 80s, they still regularly give up evenings to encourage and help the players during training, and weekends to support the squads in inter-county tournaments.
Terry's contribution to Warwickshire badminton has been immeasurable, and many, many players, parents and coaches owe him an immense debt of gratitude. But he couldn't have done this without Yvonne's 100% support and her contribution has been just as great especially in the unnoticed support jobs - like Terry, she is calm, unflappable and inspires confidence amongst the young players. Both have freely given countless hours and energy over the year, alongside working and raising a family, and are fantastic examples of unsung volunteers, having generated much love and respect from everyone they deal with. Their extended Warwickshire junior badminton 'family' will hugely miss them both when they retire this summer. (May 2017)
Comments from John Wardropper in support of Terry & Yvonne - "As far as Rugby Youth Badminton Squad is concerned, we believe Terry has been head coach since 1988 though coaching juniors for a few years before that. Our club has run continuously since inception, every Saturday morning September to June, though the name changed in 2004 (was previously Rugby Schools Badminton Squad). Initially the squad had two one hour sessions each Saturday. In 2011 we added a third session and Terry was the first to volunteer for the extra hour.
The Rugby squad stopped in May after which Terry used his free Saturday mornings to visit other clubs to spot up coming talent for the U11 squad as it was, plus of course then running the county U-11 summer school.
During the season we rarely missed Terry. He would often coach in the morning before attending a junior tournament in the afternoon. His commitment, and also that of his wife Yvonne, was outstanding.
His presence inspired others. During his tenure the Rugby squad has grown from around 50 members to over 90 and regularly have a waiting list of 20. We now run 4 sessions and dabbled with 5 when we had sufficient helpers.
Terry retired from our squad this year and here are a couple of comments that we included in a newspaper write up.
“Terry will be most remembered for his kindness, patience and encouragement when helping youngsters develop, whatever level they play at."
“Terry’s knowledge of, and enthusiasm for badminton has helped hundreds of youngsters develop their ability and passion for badminton.”