By David Gold

Nathan Robertson_27-09-12September 27 - Nathan Robertson has been appointed by Badminton England as an ambassador for the sport as it hopes to inspire a new generation of youngsters.

Robertson (pictured top) won a silver medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games in the mixed doubles alongside Gail Emms, who has already been appointed as an ambassador by Badminton England.

Robertson and Emms, who at their peak were the world number one mixed doubles pair, are the only two ambassadors at present for Badminton England, and their silver was the last badminton Olympic medal Britain won.

The hosts failed to make any impression in this summer's tournament.

Badminton England is hoping Robertson's profile will help them to attract new youngsters to become involved in badminton in the coming years.

Robertson retired in June after he missed the chance to compete at London 2012.

In addition to his Olympic silver medal, Robertson is a European, world and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, making him the most successful English badminton star of the last two decades.

Nathan Robertson_hits_the_shuttlecock_behind_teammate_Gail_Emms_of_Great_Britain_against_Ling_Gao_and_Jun_Zhang_of_China_in_the_mixed_doubles_badminton_gold_medal_match_at_Athens_2004Nathan Robertson hits the shuttlecock behind teammate Gail Emms against Ling Gao and Jun Zhang of China in the mixed doubles badminton gold medal match at Athens 2004

Robertson will work with Emms to support the Performance Centre programme, which focuses on developing the next generation of youngsters taking up the sport.

Badminton England chief executive Adrian Christy said: "Nathan has so much to offer the game and as soon as we were aware of his decision to retire we began to make plans that would ensure we could retain his knowledge and enthusiasm as well as respecting the many other plans he has.

"We have several exciting projects being scoped right now and we will draw on all of Nathan's experience as these take shape.

"I am delighted to have him working with us."

Robertson added: "I am very happy to continue my association with Badminton England through my new role as a BE ambassador.

"I am looking forward to working on some exciting new projects to promote and push badminton forward into the future."

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