The Coaches

Hayley Hogg

Hayley Hogg (29) (nee Donnelly) has designed Racquet Buddies and is a former international badminton player and remains to be the only player from the Dundee area to be capped at senior level.

She began playing badminton at the age of 11 and worked through district and regional squads until she was invited to be part of the national squad. She won multiple junior National titles in ladies and mixed doubles and was capped at senior level at the age of 19. She has also won many senior tournaments at a national level.

Having trained in India for a period of time, she was able to observe how young people abroad develop under different circumstances. She was a member of the Tayside and Fife Institute of Sports for part of her sporting career and this helped educate her in terms of the development of people in sporting environments.

Hayley is also a primary teacher, having graduated with a first class honours degree from Dundee University, and qualified coach, both of which have helped in the design of the programme. It is underpinned by the principles of ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ and is influenced by Hayley’s desire to provide opportunities to young children that they would otherwise not experience.

Hayley is the mum of two young boys and is still currently on maternity leave. She also has a paediatric first aid qualification to ensure the safety of the children under her care.

Cameron Smart

Cameron Smart (17) is a promising young coach who was also coached by Hayley. He is currently Head Boy at Harris Academy and will be beginning a university degree next year.

Cameron is currently undertaking his coaching qualifications, having already gained the first certificate.

Cameron is an excellent communicator and works well with children, supported by the fact that he also coaches youngsters in swimming. He is a very conscientious and able young man who has a lot to offer in terms of coaching youngsters.