Player Profile: Dan Roach

THE SERIOUS STUFF:

How long have you been playing badminton?

I’ve played since I was a kid. When I lived in Cumbria I played County until I turned 18. I had a break for a few years then started up again when I moved to Leeds.

How long have you been a member of Farsley Celtic Badminton Club?

I’ve been a member for two years. I found the team through the website and came down to training. Everyone was really welcoming and I got straight back into playing again.

What appeals to you about the game?

It’s like an art! Moving constantly, understanding the person you’re playing with and against. The precision of knowing exactly what the right shot to play is. For fitness it’s fantastic. I use muscles I never even knew I had! And I genuinely love the game overall. I enjoy knowing I’m going rather than dreading the thought of a gym.

What do you enjoy most about club nights?

The variety. You get really good, competitive training. It gives you a really good chance to work on your game and play better together.

What’s your favourite badminton shot?

I love a good smash! However, I’ve been learning over the last few years how to move around and be in the right place at the right time. What I’ve found is a jumping drop shot is something I’m naturally doing more of.

How different is competitive badminton to club night badminton?

At club night I get the chance to practice certain shots I want to improve. Work on my movement. So although I naturally want to win, I’d rather focus on improving myself. In competitive badminton, I just want to crush the opponent every time. I’m a very competitive person. And I’ll do everything I can to win.

What has been your competitive highlight so far?

I think the first season I joined Farsley I was asked to stand in for the rest of the season. Being out of the game so long I was worried I’d let the rest of the team down. But we did really well, so just being able to say I helped support and do the team justice was great. I’m sure this season will bring more though!

Where would you like to see your game in two years time?

I can see how far I’ve come in the last two years. I want to ensure that I improve my accuracy, serve and general fitness to allow me to play to the best of my ability.

How much does badminton contribute to your overall fitness?

A huge amount, especially during match season. I play men’s and mixed so most weeks I’m doing at least 4 hours of badminton if not 6. I have also started running and I go to the gym to get some weights in. But badminton is the biggest contributor.

How competitive are you? Do you want to win every game?

Extremely and yes.

Which player or players do you admire most at the club and why?

Sam has improved no end since I first met him two years ago. He is a lot more in control of himself when he plays and I can see he listens to advice. Barrie also really helped me when I started as I was struggling with my serve. I just think as a team we all work really well together and always have fun. Which is the main thing (as well as winning)

 

FANTASY BADMINTON:

So what’s your court entry theme tune when you get to the Olympics?

Placebo, ‘Nancy Boy’. I think it describes me perfectly.

Who is your club nemesis? What is it about their game you find difficult?

I don’t really have one. There are certain people I hate losing to. But I won’t mention names!

What part of Palfs’ game do you admire the most?

Who’s Palf? Oh, yea. I guess I admire how well he takes losing. It must be difficult when it happens so often!

Who are you coming in as in the next Farsley Does Fancy Dress Competition?

Potentially a vampire. I have the skin colour for it!

 

AWAY FROM THE COURT:

Do you participate in other sports? If yes, which ones?

I go to the gym and do a little bit of running. I don’t mind having a dance if I’m out at the weekend (that counts) but badminton’s the only one I really enjoy though!

What’s your ideal post badminton drink?

An ice cold Strawberry and Lime Kopparberg!

How do you think the Club can improve?

More structure to training nights. It’s getting there. But instead of playing only matches. Maybe allocate one court to practising certain shots. I think this will improve people’s game and give them more confidence.

How do you wind down after club nights?

A nice hot shower and, if it’s a Friday, definitely a nice chilled glass of wine.