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England benefit from Tago experience

England's singles players have been able to call upon the world class experience of former YONEX All England finalists Kenichi Tago this week after the former world number three was invited to temporarily join the national coaching team in Milton Keynes.

The Olympian has primarily been working with the likes of Rajiv Ouseph, Toby Penty, Alex Lane, David Jones and Abigail Holden but has also given time on court to help mentor a number of England's younger lions, such as Ethan van Leeuwan, Johnny Torjussen and Ethan Rose, who were invited into the NBC with Tago's visit in mind.

With a year long Olympic qualification window now open and with the demands of two team events - May's Sudirman Cup and the European Games in June - fast approaching, the extra experience - from an 11 time world tour finalist and a Thomas Cup winner - is well encouraged by head coach Peter Jeffrey and the national coaching team.

Speaking on Tago's short term arrival in England after a period coaching with the national team in Malaysia, Jeffrey said "Having Kenichi at the National Badminton Centre to work with the players is a fantastic opportunity for us and one that our friends Yonex have been brilliant in helping to bring to life.

"To have someone of his calibre, experience and coaching quality join us, albeit even for only a short while, is something the whole squad will benefit from.  I think it really important we alway look to bring new ideas into the mix and Kenichi has certainly done that.

"He has a strong presence on court that our players have engaged with and he is extremely motivational. He has already shown himself to be an adaptable coach; he's not afraid to challenge the players and I know the Toby, Abi, Raj and Alex have enjoyed working with him this week."