How to apply for admissions to Prakash Padukone badminton academy

Want to take up training in badminton at a reputed sports academy in India? This article gives information about Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA), Bangalore facilities and explains the admission and selection process at the academy.

Set up in 1994, the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA), Bangalore is co-founded by well known badminton players Prakash Padukone, Vimal Kumar and Vivek Kumar. Those who apply for training at PPBA are selected strictly on the basis of merit and avail of training on the basis of a scholarship.

About PPBA

After the Gopichand National Badminton Academy, Hyderabad, PPBA is the next most reputed badminton coaching centre in India. In addition to coaching players from India, PPBA also has informal collaborations with the legendary Morton Frost's Aarhus Badminton Centre in Denmark and with Badminton England in Milton Keynes, in Buckinghamshire, England.

International teams are also welcome to participate in the special elite training programs which PPBA offers in collaboration with GoSports (India) Pvt.Ltd. Many a time international coaches have brought their wards to PPBA to train, happy with the facilities provided here.

The Chief coach at PPBA is Seoul Asian Games bronze medallist Vimal Kumar, who had donned the role of the chief national coach for 3 years from 2003 to 2006 and has also been an instructor at the prestigious IBF World Badminton Academy. The other members of the coaching team are former Kerala State player Balachandran, Hufrish Nariman, who has served on the National Coaches' panel of the Badminton Association of India for 8 years, and Pooja Kohli, who has played the sport at all national level tournaments.

Infrastructure and facilities

The PPBA is located at the K.Raheja Badminton Stadium. In addition to 5 courts, the stadium has a swimming pool, a squash court, health club with gym facilities and a restaurant. One can also buy top-notch badminton equipment from the in-house shop which sells Yonex brand products. Trainees who stay here are accommodated in the dormitories / 16 air-conditioned rooms.

The training schedule includes physical, mental and technical training. Nutrition guidance and sports psychology also form the academy's training methodology.

How to join PPBA

Nobody can just walk in and join PPBA, Bangalore. You need to be a player at the national level. Based on your talent, you may receive an offer of admission to join the year-long training. During selections, those who have taken up the academic streams of Arts or Commerce are usually preferred. This is because other streams like science, medical and engineering fields require more time to be devoted to it, leaving little time for badminton training.

You can also make enquiries at their Mumbai center (refer to contact information below). In Mumbai, the Tata Padukone Centre, which was established in 2009 at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) trains children up to age 15 under the expertise of Ms. Hufrish Nariman and Ms. Pooja Kohli. Talented players may get selected for further training at the Bangalore Elite Centre. There are 4 air-conditioned courts here

You should also note that since 2012, with Prakash Padukone no longer involved with the actual coaching, PPBA's facilities have not been available for senior level players on a regular basis and was no longer considered by the Union ministry as a National Training Centre. PPBA requested the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to consider its academy as a training centre only for juniors and allot junior camps only as they wished to focus only on the younger age group.

Specific information about the fees is not known, but at the website of the badminton department of CCI (refer to the contact information section below), the fees for training are mentioned.

Contact information of Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy

  1. At Bangalore:
    Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy
    No. 4, Jasma Bhavan Road,
    Bangalore – 560 052, Karnataka, India
    Ph: +91 80 22350789 / 22283747
    Contact person at Bangalore Centre: Mr. Balachandran. T. R

    For details and rates of group programs send an email at:
    For details and rates of individual programs send an email at:

  2. At Mumbai
    Tata Padukone Centre
    Cricket Club of India
    Stadium House, Block No 3,
    1st Floor, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate,
    Mumbai 400020
    Badminton Department Ph: +91-22-66594360

Note: The Pune Centre was closed in 2012.

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