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England add fantastic four to national coaching set-up

Badminton England has moved quickly to reinforce the England national coaching set-up at the National Badminton Centre with the appointment of four new coaches.

The introduction of new names, to complement the existing team led by recently appointed head coach Pete Jeffrey, brings extra world class experience, international coaching knowledge and specialist junior pathway and talent expertise.

The four will work with the senior and junior squads with Andy Stewart and Nathan Robertson working with both age groups in the run up to Tokyo.

Northern Ireland-born Stewart was pronounced Sports Coach Performance Coach of the Year in 2015 whilst Nathan Robertson needs little introduction having been a world number one and Olympic silver medallist.

The medal winning experience continues with the appointment of Anthony Clark, who will focus exclusively on development of the 12 players currently on the England Performance Programme, based out of Milton Keynes.

Clark, a three time Olympian and twice World Championships finalist, also brings international coaching experience having spent time with the Poland squad and coached the team at Rio 2016.

With 11 years talent development experience, George Bevan makes a move into the national coaching set-up having previously been England Performance Training lead and head coach at Wycombe Performance Centre.

Under the stewardship of Graham Hurrell, Level 3 qualified Bevan will focus on the junior pathway and player development.

Jon Austin, Director of Performance and Coaching, said: “I am delighted to draft these four into the programme. Individually they bring exceptional skills and a wealth of knowledge to the national coaching team.

"Together with the coaching team appointed in June, we now have a broad range of coaching skills and experiences to take us forward towards Tokyo and beyond.


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