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Jens Grill hired to post of Head of England Performance

Jens Grill hired to post of Head of England Performance

Ian Moss, BADMINTON England's Performance Director, is already eagerly awaiting the arrival of Denmark's former European champion Kenneth Jonassen, who takes up his role as GB and England men's singles coach on July 12. Now Grill, who is also Danish, has been confirmed as the next key appointment.

He is no stranger to BADMINTON England, having worked in the Performance department as World Class Start Head Coach from 2000-2005, and then as World Class Futures Head Coach until 2007. 

Jens, who is Performance Director for Badminton Sweden, will assume his full-time duties with BADMINTON England from September 1 but will begin the transition into the post over the next two months 

Ian Moss said: “Jens is an ideal candidate for this new position given his previous BADMINTON England experience combined with his European performance management expertise.

“Jens will lead our England performance team to ensure that our existing senior elite performance infrastructure is sound and world leading, but he will also be extremely instrumental in making sure that our ongoing England Athlete Pathway is set up well for appropriate athlete talent identification and coaching needs well into the future.

"We know that we must continue to nurture our talented young players and coaches in a focused performance system if we are to meet our objectives of best in the world by 2016, and I feel that Jens is the man to drive that programme forward."

Grill said: “I am pleased to rejoin BADMINTON England and look forward to working as Head of England Performance. I expect the role to be both demanding and challenging, but also very exciting."

The BADMINTON England Performance system is aimed at early athlete talent identification and appropriate streaming into regional and national performance training environments. 

Jens GrillBADMINTON England works in conjunction with key University and private organisations to support six High Performance Centres throughout the country and, through funding support from Sport England, has been able to develop a national network of 30 Performance Centres targeted at ensuring a high quality of coaching and training support for identified athletes within the national elite programme.