I have been on Favourite Badminton Team for almost two years. Favourite Badminton is my second home and joining this team was one of the best decisions I have made in my entire life. I accidentally stumbled in on a Favourite practice last year when I instantly fell in love with the people and atmosphere, and I knew at that moment that this was the team for me. So I switched to Favourite from my old team and began my training here. While being at Favourite Badminton I have made a phenomenal group of friends, as well as greatly improved my badminton skills.  I am also proud to say that Masha and Julia although being my coaches are also very dear friends to me that I look up. Masha and Julia are amazing coaches who make practice although extremely hard, very fun and enjoyable as well.



I joined Favourite Badminton Club at the beginning of last season and am very happy I did. Masha and Julia are both very good coaches and work me hard! My play and technique have much improved since joining last September and I owe a lot of that to Favourite. Last, but not least is the people at Favourite. I was immediately welcomed to the club by the coaches and players, which made my change of clubs so much easier. I had a great first season and look forward to many more!


Favourite Badminton Club is a great environment for youth to develop – no matter what their goals are.  My two sons, now 18, who have played numerous sports throughout their youth, trained at Favourite extensively in Grade 11, and I have found Masha to be the best coach we have ever experienced in any sport.  She has an excellent combination of technical skills and personal ability to connect with athletes, which enabled my sons to achieve their rather ambitious athletic goals.   At the same time she has a very relaxed, positive non-pressure approach to competition at high levels that is refreshing in contrast to the many rep coaches we had experienced in the past in other sports.  She has a ready smile and laugh, and her love of the game is infectious.  She gives generously to her athletes and to the sport; she is a great role model for athletes and coaches, and helps her athletes develop personally as well as athletically.  I couldn’t recommend Masha and Favourite Badminton Club more highly!


Throughout the past 5 years you guys have been great mentors to me and have allowed me to improve my badminton game significantly. Your coaching has allowed me to compete in many tournaments that I would have never imagined to be a part of. Through you I’ve learned how important good sportsmanship is and that making friends is also a part of badminton, even when you are not on the court. My badminton journey is all due to your coaching skills and determination to make us better individuals on and off the court.


The experience I had with Favourite Badminton Club was super amazing, I met lots of great athletes and people.  Not only did I have fun, I improved significantly and I couldn’t do it without the head coach Masha Zakharenkova.  She made me think about what to do in difficult situations during the game and motivated to do better and was always there to keep me going.  I learned a lot from Favourite Badminton and its been a few years now, and I still use the same things that I have learned with my other training and it has benefited me a lot.  Favourite Badminton is the way to go!


Favourite Badminton Club is a great a club for players with any skill level. There is a positive, relaxed environment that is both a ton of fun but also provides you with all the challenge and development you want. Masha Zakharenkova is a great coach, teaching excellent technique, proper foot work, and game strategies that will take you to the next level in your game.

When I first went to Favourite, my goal was to make it to OFSSA, but I had no previous badminton training experience. Masha helped me to reach my goal. After 6 months I competed at OFSSA, and along the way won several gold medals in several tournaments including SCAA, GBSSA and the Barrie City Championships. I also had the opportunity to represent my region (Georgian Bay) at the Ontario Winter Games.

Favourite is an awesome badminton club and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Masha helped me achieve my goal and have nothing but great things to say about.Anthony, student


I have been at Favourite Badminton for a number of years now and I am always inspired by the encouragement and dedication that both Julia and Masha show. At tournaments they encourage us to do our best and give us pointers as to what we can do to improve for the next game. Each practice is well planned and the coaches make time to focus on each player’s strengths and weaknesses. I have learnt so much and get better after every practice. Right from my first practice with Favourite Badminton, the coaches were welcoming and accepting and the other players made me feel part of the team. Favourite Badminton has given me the opportunity to learn a sport that I can play for years to come and friendships that will last a lifetime.Charlotte, student



Favourite Badminton classes consist of:

  • Warm-up (includes various types of running and dynamic stretching exercises);
  • Badminton drills (footwork, wrist exercises, learning of various badminton shots and techniques, and other);
  • Physical conditioning;
  • Sometimes, we play games at the end of the classes and sometimes even have mini-tournaments.

To train at Favourite, you must have your own racquet and sport-specific protective eyewear. It is also strongly recommended for every student to have their own skipping rope.

We break our programs into three sessions throughout the year: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Most of our classes’ registrations will follow this schedule, except for Monday classes at Bradford Leisure Centre, where Winter and Spring sessions 2016 will be combined.

Some of our classes are offered in collaboration with local community centres. If you are registering for a class at Bradford Leisure Centre, please, do so through the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury’s registration system. Registration at Bradford Leisure Centre for the Fall programs usually begins in the middle of August. Should you have any questions regarding registration process with the BWG, please, contact the Leisure Centre directly as we do not have control over their system.


Age groups:

  • 10-18 yeas old.

If you have a sibling who is younger than 10 or older than 18, please, send us a quick message about this and we will try to accommodate your request if any of our classes will not be filled up to their capacity. To reserve the spot you would need to make the full payment for the class(es) you wish to register at. If we will not be able to place your sibling (second child) into any of our classes, a full refund will be issued to you.

Classes’ Schedules for the season 2016-2017:

  • Mondays – 6pm-8pm – Bradford Leisure Centre (Bradford, ON)
  • Tuesdays – 8.15pm-10.15pm (Aurora, ON)
  • Fridays – 6pm-8pm (Newmarket, ON)
  • Fridays – 8pm-10pm (Newmarket, ON)

When registering for the class, please, choose your preferred time and day of the week. However, dates and times will be confirmed only after we will receive all registrations for the upcoming season. We will do our best to put you in a group(s) of your choice and will contact you approximately one month ahead of the first class on exact details of locations and times for your classes.

Your registration for Favourite Badminton Classes will only be confirmed when you complete registration and make a full payment for the class(es) you wish to participate in

Registration for the season 2016-2017

Registration for the season 2016-2017 is now open!

Hope everybody had a great summer and are now getting ready for a busy school year.

There are a few things I wanted to let you know about the upcoming badminton season:

  • Registration for Friday and Tuesday classes has started long ago and as of right now we do not have any spots left in our Friday night classes. However, should you wish us to put you on a waiting list, please, let us know.
  • If you are serious about badminton and are already registered for at least one practice a week, I would strongly recommend you to register for more than one night. There are still a few spots left in our Fall Tuesday class, so those of you who want to learn and get better this season, you can still register for Tuesdays.
  • Winter Friday class only has a couple of spots left. If you only registered for one season and are considering Winter and Spring, I’d suggest you to do it sooner than later.
  • Registration for Monday classes in Bradford for residents has started on August 23rd. Registration for non-residents begins on August 30th. The program code is: 9239. You must register through the Town’s registration system. If you’ve never had an account with the Town of West Gwillimbury, you might need to go there in person. Once this is done, you would be able to register for the programs online. For more information, please, contact BWG Leisure centre directly.
  • Friday classes have been combined and will now run from 7pm to 9pm for all who registered to date.

Other dates and important information:

First classes’ dates:

  • Mondays – September 19, 2016. Bradford Leisure Centre, Bradford – 6pm-8pm;
  • Tuesdays – September 20, 2016. St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic School, Aurora – 8.15pm-10.15pm;
  • Fridays – September 23, 2016. Denne Public School, Newmarket – 7pm-9pm.


For those of you, who are just joining the club or who hasn’t participated in any badminton tournaments in the past, we strongly recommend to start taking part in these events. There will be a lot of events throughout the year, which you may already find in our online calendar. We list all events that we get notified about by other clubs and various badminton organizations. Your Favourite coaches don’t just help you during junior tournaments, but also play badminton and participate in events themselves. We are always there for you and can always recommend what’s best for your skill and experience level. Therefore, please, review the calendar and, if you have any questions or are not sure which tournaments you should participate in, just ask your coaches.

Another note on the tournaments. We recommend that you start participating in tournaments as early in a season as possible. This helps you improve right from the start and you will know exactly what to work on going forward.

See you all very soon and have fun on the first day of school!

Favourte Badminton Club’s Head Coach,

Masha Zakharenkova