Learn more about Jamie's life & career here...
1984 - Born on April 23rd in Bellshill, Lanarkshire & grew up in nearby Hamilton.
1992 - Began practising badminton at Townhill Primary School's club with Grampa Bill. Represented the school team for 3 years & started regular training.
1995 - Part of the Lanarkshire & Scotland squad & ranked #2 in the country. Forms a formidable doubles partnership with Andy Bowman, winning 8 Scottish titles from Under 14-21, 3 British titles at Under 15, 17 & 18, the Under 15 Venlo Dutch International & the Under 19 French International in 2003.
1998 - Assists Earnock High School in winning the Under 14
Scottish Schools title.
2000 - Wins Scottish Schools Under 16 Boy's Singles. Participates for Lanarkshire's Senior County team (& will remain a key player & co-captain for over 15 years, helping them win 6 English divisions & reach a high of the Premiership in 2010).
2001- With Andy Bowman, Craig Goddard & Euan McNair, becomes the first Scottish male winners of the U17 Delyn International Festival in Wales. Represents Scotland at the U19 European Champs in Poland.
2002 - Joins the Scottish Institute of Sport to train as a full-time senior & starts a Film &
Media/ Sports Studies degree at the University of Stirling.
2003 - Joins Sporting Champions via sportscotland & delivers talks to schools around
Scotland, noticing an urge to teach young people. Begins competing on the
European Senior Circuit
2004 - Completes the New York Marathon & raises
money for sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
2005 - Departs from SIS but qualifies for the World
Champs with Keith Turnbull (after reaching
world no. 75). Wins medals at Scottish & British
2006 - Becomes a qualified coach whilst maintaining a self-funded playing career. Over
4 years wins every Scottish ranking event & reaches the semi-finals of the
Scottish Championships in Singles, Doubles & Mixed Doubles. Gains coaching
experience working at regional & national junior squads, whilst mentoring many
children to Lanarkshire & Scottish success.
2008 - Becomes Scottish Universities' Badminton Co-ordinator
& Head Badminton Professional at the Virgin Active
Lanarkshire Health & Racquets Club in Hamilton.
2009 - Joins La Chaux-De-Fonds Badminton Club in Switzerland
& competes in the Swiss Interclub League A.
2010 - Wins the Scottish Men's Doubles Championships with
2011- Retains the Scottish title with Keith & wins his 1st
senior cap at the European Mixed Team Champs in
Holland. Forms Lanarkshire Lightning, a club for all levels
of play in the county. Reaches the Welsh International
2012 - Represents Scotland at the European
Men's Team Champs in Holland & in
Men's Doubles at the Euro Individual
Champs in Sweden.
2013 - Reaches a 4th consecutive Scottish
Men's Doubles final with Keith Turnbull
& wins his 6th Scotland cap vs Slovakia
at the European Mixed Team Champs in
Russia. Guest coaches at the California
Badminton Academy for 1 month.
Launches 'Jamie Neill Badminton' online & joins Adidas Badminton. Joins
Badminton Scotland as the new West of Scotland Development Officer.
2014 - Coaches several winners of Scottish Junior National
titles from U11-19. Makes the Scottish Men's Doubles
Semi-Final for the 8th year & wins the Glasgow Open
Men's & Mixed Doubles titles. Launches Shuttle Stars
Badminton for grassroots play in Hamilton, plus the
Lanarkshire Badminton Academy, to provide quality
coaching to the county's top junior players.
2015 - Begins tutoring Badminton Basics & UKCC Level 1 & 2
courses. Sees Shuttle Stars & the LBA reach over 100
members each. Collects a 'sportscotland Services
to Sport Award' for his Grampa Bill at the Hamilton
Sports Awards. Became part of the Yonex UK brand.
Left Badminton Scotland in December.
2016 - Winner of the Glasgow Open Men's Doubles with Keith Turnbull plus the East of
Scotland Open Mixed Doubles with Kirsten Geals. Guest coaches at Synergy
Badminton Academy in California for 3 months, working with former Olympians
& the 2005 World Champion. Invited to coach for Badminton Europe in Denmark
at the Pre-Selection Camp for young players trialling for 2017 Centre of Excellence.
2017 - Reaches the Scottish Men's Doubles semi-final with Keith Turnbull.