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Badminton England's look ahead to 2016

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What better way to blast off those Christmas excesses. The 2016 season kicks into gear early in the New Year when match-night 4 of the AJ Bell NBL takes place on 11 January.

Three fixtures will be staged, with current table-toppers Loughborough Sport travelling to Surrey Smashers, who held the same position at this stage last year.

Will Team Derby be up for the challenge and the defence of their title? All will be revealed later in the year.

A new £10 million sports centre in Derby will play host to the 2016 English National Championships as the event continues to spread its wings across the country.

The Championships will be held at the University of Derby Sports Centre from 5-7 February in what should be an intriguing three days of national rivalry.

Gabby Adcock says that she will aim for Anthony Clark’s record 12 national titles after winning her eighth with husband Chris at the K2, Crawley last year.
Meanwhile Rajiv Ouseph, England's number one, will also be vying for his eighth men’s singles title after missing the 2014 event.

The middle of the month will see the European men's and women's Team Championships staged in Kazan, Russia, with England looking to go one better than their 2015 silver.

All eyes will then be on the build-up to the YONEX All England Open Championships, which will take place at the Barclaycard Arena between 8-13 March.

For the second time, the YONEX All England will also be the first MetLife BWF World Superseries event of the 2015 season - and the final major event before Rio qualification ends. Double reason to be in attendance!

At the end of the month, attention is focused on the European Championships in Vendee, France. After success at elite level in 2015, can England come away with their first medal since 2008?

The Championships will be the last event before one of the most important days - May 5 - in the badminton calendar when qualification places for the Rio Olympics are determined.

Three days later, the second AJ Bell NBL Championships Finals Day will take place.
It's down tools time for badminton fans in August as the Rio Olympics kicks into gear. As the last phase of Olympic qualification looms, Great Britain is currently in place to field players across all five disciplines, which would mark a major milestone for the sport.

The badminton event will take place from 11-20 August in an existing venue, Pavilion 4 of Riocentro (exhibition centre), which has a capacity of 6,500 spectators.

In December, the Adcocks will be defending their World Superseries Finals' title.

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