When badminton sport in India was not eventually heading to international heights or finding hard to climb up the ladder to mark the re-birth of a star like “Prakash Padukone”, then rose a star from Hyderabad “Pullela Gopichand” who actually kick started and put the indian badminton on the world map by winning the prestigious “All-England open” title in the year 2001. Partially injury ridden then, gopi himself switched focus from playing international badminton to coaching next generation players to international level.
This idea was the brain-child in building up his own badminton academy in Hyderabad, Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy where all present international Indian Badminton stars comply with.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh awarded him 5 acres of land in 2003 in Gachibowli, Hyderabad for a lease 45 years. At the same time, he started talks with Yonex for sponsorship and also wanted to involve a foreign coaches. After lot od struggles in bringing up the academu to a live wire, immediately after the construction, the Government of India sent the Commonwealth Games team to train at this facility.
The academy consists of eight courts (wooden/Synthetic) as per international standards, a swimming pool, weight training room, cafeteria and dormetries, physiotherapy, food and diet programs are also available.
The architectural design was completed by Hyderabad-based Arvee Consultants.
The Academy has also served as a venue for major sporting events. The 2009 Indian Open was held here while it was used as the training venue for the 2009 BWF World Championships.
In addition, they have recently started their unit in Salem, Tamilnadu.
There are abundance of academies across India, but this academy reigns as a feather on a cap capsule for Indian badminton prodigy. This academy has acclaimed towards adding oil to fire towards building the next generation of badminton sport in India.
So, Who ever has the right age, passion, perseverance, patience are the one’s to pack your kit bags for your next level of badminton experience here.