How to apply for admissions to Gopichand National Badminton Academy, Hyderabad

Eager to take up badminton as a sports career and become an international player? This article gives information about Gopichand National Badminton Academy's fees and facilities at Hyderabad and explains the various possible ways to get admission to the academy.

At the outset I would like to state that I am not a representative of the Gopichand National Badminton Academy at Hyderabad or any sports official related to the academy. I am merely giving general information about the academy's facilities and how usually budding badminton players could possibly get an opportunity to train at the academy.

Arjuna and Padma Bhushan award winner Pullela Gopichand has been in the limelight for a number of years now, ever since his proteges have made emphatic strides on to the international courts of the sport of badminton. He is an official national coach, training players at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) National Badminton Academy at Hyderabad, Telangana. With the recent triumph of P.V.Sindhu's silver medal win at the 2016 Rio Olympics, there has been an even greater interest in youngsters in the sport and the wish to be trained by none other than Gopichand himself.

Well, let me tell you that the academy is already so full up with trainees, there is really no opening as such for more! In fact, there is already a very long waiting queue of thousands. Yet, don't give up on your dream of getting in. There are a couple of avenues you could explore, as mentioned in this article.

First, though, let's have a glimpse into the academy itself.

Gopichand National Badminton Academy infrastructure and facilities

There are 2 training facilities, a new one being opened October 2016 within walking distance from the old one. The main building has about 8 international courts, a gym housed with the health club on the premises, a jacuzzi with a steam room, a yoga centre and a meditation hall. There is also a football field and a swimming pool. In-house accommodation is available for boarders and coaches.

Other than badminton coaches, including ones from other Asian countries, there are also physiotherapists and physical fitness trainers to help the trainees build up stamina and improve their fitness levels. Weight-training and running are part of the vigorous training schedule. Special nutritional diet plans are ensured as well as mental conditioning.

The new building nearby has similar residential facilities and 9 badminton courts.

Academy fees

As per reports in the press, the monthly fee begins at Rs.2000/-. Those who stay on the academy campus itself likely pay up to Rs. 15,000/- per month.

Options to get admission

The primary way, of course, to get admission into the academy is to physically pay a visit to the academy office and take your chances of getting in.

The second way is to keep a keen eye on advertisements in the local newspapers and check online too for notifications issued by SAI about selection trials. The schedule of such trials is sometimes published in the media once or twice in a year, especially during the summer vacation in the month of May.

The third option is to apply for admission to the newly opened branch of the academy at Salem, Tamil Nadu. Those who are amongst the best performing players of the Salem Academy will likely have the opportunity to receive specialized training at the head quarters in Hyderabad.

Eligibility requirements

Not just anybody can necessarily get admission to the Hyderabad academy! Preference is always given to the National ranked players. At the annual SAI selection trials, usually there is a schedule for the various age groups, namely:
  • The top 20 national ranked players for the under-13 category.

  • The top 10 national ranked players for the under-15 category.

  • The top 5 national ranked players for the under-17 category.

  • The top 5 national ranked players for the under-19 category.

Contact information

  1. SAI Gopichand National Badminton Academy
    near Centre for Good Governance,
    Hyderabad – 500 032
    Ph: 040-23005369

  2. Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy
    Thiruvagoundanoor Bye-pass,
    Tamil Nadu
    Ph: 98428 33885
    Contact person: Mr.M.Senthil Kumar, badminton coach
    Admission form is available at:

Other Gopichand Academy locations in India

  1. SKSD College
    10-16-38, Old Town, Peravali Road,
    Andhra Pradesh - 534211
    Ph: 088192 22154
    [Note: it was reported in 2014 that the Gopichand academy would function from the indoor stadium on the premises. Please call up to confirm if the badminton training sessions are ongoing]

  2. Gwalior - address not known
    [Note: It was reported in 2010 that training sessions would be held at Laxmibhai National Institute of Physical Education till the indoor stadium with 2 air-conditioned courts was set up.]

  3. Vadodara - address not known.

  4. Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex
    Gautam Buddha Nagar District,
    Greater Nodia,
    Uttar Pradesh - 201308
    [Note: Agreement has been signed in July 2016 with Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) and Sportzlive, academy has yet to be set up]

You can also try to get admission to the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, Bangalore

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Guest Author: avinash05 Oct 2016

Thank you Vandana! This was really helpful to me. Since it seem that you've researched well, can I ask some more friendly advise on the same?
My son(8 years) plays extremely well as per his coach and others are concerned. I have a friend, who is into media, assuring me the admission using his media contact. But I'm confused, whether I should go by his way or try on my own?

Please guide me. I need your valuable advice.

Author: Vandana10 Oct 2016 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 4


As the author of the article, I have given general information. I am not exactly a professional sports coach to advise you on your son's budding career as a badminton player. Besides, all my life I myself have never used "contacts".

Nevertheless, my suggestion for what it is worth: If the media contact is genuine and works for you without the need for paying a fee as a 'commission' or doing other favours, that would be good. You should also keep in mind that eventually any contact would not necessarily get the actual admission into the badminton academy. Based on your son's talent the selection would be done if at all. If it is possible, try to get direct admission to the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy at Salem since there too your son can get coached and if showing promise get the possible opportunity perhaps to later train under Pullela Gopichand himself at Hyderabad.

Guest Author: Manoj.GR17 Oct 2016

Sir, I would like to take admission for my daughter Gopika Manoj. She is presently studying in 8th class in JNV and she has been selected for SFGI final to be held next month. She has got good height and is well built. She would like to further practice in Gopichand Badminton Academy, Hyderabad. Please intimate whether education facility is available in the academy and also about fees details.

Author: Vandana18 Oct 2016 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 1


You are requested to contact the academy directly for details about education facilities and fees. I do not think they have any provision for on-campus formal academics.

Guest Author: Snehasish Mitra05 Dec 2016

What is the total amount of the academy with school fees, training fees, convenience fees and food?

Guest Author: Jyoti15 Dec 2016

I would like to take admission in any badminton training academy as I have an interest in badminton. However, my family is not supporting me for any sport. I want to show them and request other parents too to please support your child in every field.

Guest Author: Renu23 Dec 2016

Please help me for a good badminton school in Gwalior for my 10th std daughter who plays very well.

Author: Vandana03 Jan 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2


As I mentioned in the article, a Gopichand Academy was to be launched in Gwalior at the Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education. You could call them up and find out if there are any badminton coaching programs underway currently at the university. For your quick reference, the address is: Mela Road, Railway Station Road, opp. Ariculture College, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh - 474002. Contact phone numbers are: +91-751-4000963/4000994.

Guest Author: Raman kumar18 Jan 2017

Sir, I want to join Gopichand Natioanl Badminton Academy. My national ranking is 27 in the under 15 category. So how do I get admission there?

Guest Author: Gopalkrishnan. D23 May 2017

I am a badminton player and right now I have started coaching. Are there any courses where I can join in? Please do let me know.

Guest Author: Rewanth28 Jun 2017

I want to take up badminton as my career. I am now 18 plus. Whatever it be, I want to join this Academy. Can you suggest if it will better to join now? I haven't played in any competition.

Guest Author: Rudraksh30 Jun 2017

I am 15 years old and have been playing badminton since 4 to 5 years now. I want to take admission in Gopichand Academy because I want to take up badminton as my career. So please tell me how to join.

Guest Author: Jay Jagannath khatu20 Aug 2017

I want to play badminton for India. I am 21 years old and lives in Navi Mumbai. I haven't participated any district or state level tournaments, but I can really play extremely well. If I brush up my badminton skill then I can definitely bring in a medal to India. Please guide me as soon as possible.

Guest Author: charan raj11 Oct 2017

How do I make my badminton playing skills perfect? Would taking admissions to this academy help?

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