Jamie Neill Badminton -

Learn more about Jamie's life & career here...
Leading Earnock High to Lanarkshire Schools glory in 1997.

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
           Uni Championships.

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.
Celebrating with Keith after winning the 2010 Scottish Men's Doubles.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
                  Keith Turnbull.
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.

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