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Photo by Mark Phelan for Badminton Europe: Nicola Cerfontyne playing Prague Open, in September 2015
Nicola Cerfontyne announced as COE assistant coach
Date: 7/14/2017 12:10 PM
Published by : Emma Lollike
It is with great excitement that Badminton Europe can announce the first out of the two assistant coaches attached to the Centre of Excellence. The former player, Nicola Cerfontyne from England is joining the centre in Holbaek, assisting head coach Jeroen van Dijk.
 
Cerfontyne, 29, will be moving to Denmark to help start up the centre in Holbaek:
“I am very excited to be joining the Centre of Excellence it's an innovative project and a great opportunity to work with players from all over Europe. I believe the experience I have both as a player and coach can help them develop and achieve their goals. The project has a strong coaching structure designed to help European players to continue to compete against other continents and the best players in the world.''
 
She has played it ever since the age of 12 and became English national champion in women’s singles in 2011 and 2015. She has also competed for the English team and has played for various clubs in Europe and a season in the American League, as well. 
 
Throughout her playing career both in England and Denmark, she has coached badminton; “I enjoy trying to help other players improve and always wanted to give something back to the sport that I love.”
 

Cerfontyne at the Pre-Selection Camp in Vejen, December 2016


“We had Nicola on our Pre-Selection Camp in Vejen, back in December [2016], and we were very happy with her performance. She is very talented and I am looking forward to getting started in Holbaek.”, says head coach Jeroen van Dijk of his newest addition to the Centre of Excellence.
 
“As soon as I heard that BE[Badminton Europe] were starting this new project I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. For me joining the centre and helping the players based there is a huge honour and to also develop myself as a coach.”, she says about the high-performance project.
 
Stay tuned for the announcement of Nicola Cerfontyne’s fellow assistant coach.
 
Go to Badminton Europe’s website and read more about the Centre of Excellence by clicking here.
 
Click here to read an article about Peter R. Jensen, Sports Director in Holbaek Badminton Club and collaborator at the Centre of Excellence.
 
Earlier this week we announced that Felix Burestedt from Sweden is joining the Centre of Excellence. Read the article by clicking here.

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