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Living Legacies – George Johnson

George Johnson, a retired PE teacher from Tamworth, is ‘aceing’ his retirement, and is involved in his local community by coaching badminton. Inspired by his own PE teacher during his teenage years, George’s passion shines through in his Living Legacy story.

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Retired teacher, George Johnson, continues to have an active lifestyle, helping coach badminton sessions to serve his local community in Tamworth.

Originally from South Yorkshire, George discovered a passion for sport after being inspired by his own PE teacher when he was a teenager.

At the age of 22, he competed in the All England Open Badminton Championships – the world’s oldest badminton tournament, held annually in England in 1972.

George then moved to the West Midlands to study at St. Peters College in Birmingham and went on to teach Maths and PE at Wilnecote High School for twenty-eight years. 


Now, living in Polesworth, George is helping run badminton sessions for his local community to learn, keep active and have fun.

George said: “The best part of coaching is the relationships you build over the years and seeing people you’ve trained become even better players than yourself.

“Some come to these sessions to learn a new skill and others come along to have a game and have fun. I’ve always said, ‘you don’t have to be the best to enjoy it.’

“There are people that come along now that I taught 30 odd years ago. I love bumping into people I’ve met along the way and hearing how I’ve helped them and people they know.

“Having positive feedback is more than enough thanks, it’s priceless to know you’ve made a difference.”


The keen sportsman also plays tennis at his local club and plays walking football in the Warwickshire league.

Jim, 60, who attends weekly badminton sessions with his wife, said: “We’ve trained with George for over a year now, and you can see everyone’s skills and confidence have improved week on week. He’s a great asset to the group, passing on his knowledge and skills to others and making us feel proud of what we are achieving.”

Helen, who is also being coached by George, said: “I’ve been coming to badminton for around twelve months and I’m really enjoying it. George is very knowledgeable and has taught me how to improve my technique, and how to challenge my opponent. I’d encourage anyone to come along, it’s such a fun evening.”

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