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Ouseph to inspire next generation in national coaching role

Nine-time national champion Rajiv Ouseph has today been named as Assistant Pathway Coach for Badminton England.

The two-time Team GB Olympian will look to share his extensive knowledge and experience with the next generation of England players and will be Integral to the whole performance pathway.

England’s undisputed number one in men’s singles since 2008, retired from international badminton following the TOTAL BWF World Championships which took place in Basel last week.

He will begin his new role at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes on 9 September and will have a priority towards singles and its future development across the pathway.

With 97 England caps to his name, Badminton England were keen to ensure such a talent and knowledge was not lost when he announced his retirement earlier this summer.

Performance Director, Jon Austin, said: “I am really pleased to have Raj join the National Coaching Team as he moves onto the next chapter of his life and career.

“He has a wealth of knowledge and expertise at the highest levels of our sport, which is an invaluable asset to be able to pass on to future generations.

“I look forward to supporting Raj grow as a coach and witnessing him inspire and guide numerous players in the coming years.”

32-year-old Ouseph said: “For me, coaching was the natural progression. I’ve been lucky that there was a position here for me and that Badminton England believed I could offer something back to the other players.

“I’m thankful that Badminton England is willing to take a chance on me. I know I’m not that experienced yet in the coaching world so it will take me a bit of time to learn from the other coaches but I’m really looking forward to it.

“My initial focus will be more singles based because of my experience in that area. However, for me as a coach, I want to be as rounded as possible so will try to do whatever I can and get experience wherever I can.

“I will be looking to pass on my knowledge from playing and watching – anything I can give back to the players will be great.”

One of Ouseph’s first duties as a coach will be attending the World Junior Championships in October.

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