Anthony Clark, one of badminton’s most prolific and highly-regarded players, has been appointed the team’s head coach and has now taken the helm of the county’s first professional badminton team.
Said Warren Smyth, Chief Executive of Abbeycroft Leisure, which is managing the team, said: “We are proud to announce Suffolk Saxons’ new head coach, Anthony Clark.
“Anthony is one of badminton’s most highly regarded players, competing in two Olympics and winning two silver medals in the 2006 World Championships.
“After a fantastic career of his own at the highest level, he will be bringing years of international experience to the team.”
The Suffolk Saxons - one of only three professional sports teams in the county - are supported by a number of organisations including Abbeycroft Leisure, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk Sport and Suffolk Badminton Association.
This partnership also aims to help Suffolk become England’s Most Active County. It hopes the team will inspire new and existing players, as well as offer new opportunities for people to take up the sport, at any level and any ability.
Said Cllr Tony Goldson, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health: This is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Suffolk to see some of the best badminton players in the world. We hope this elite badminton experience will help us engage, inspire and grow participation in the sport within the whole community and boost our efforts to become the most active county in England.”
Said Richard Hunt, Chair of the Saxons Management Group: “The National Badminton League will help us deliver something truly memorable. I’d like to pay tribute to all the partners that have come together to bring this exciting initiative to the county.”