The English National Championships will take place in less than a month’s time with Gabby Adcock aiming to move closer to a national record.
The Championships will be held at the £10 million University of Derby Sports Centre from 5-7 February and will kick start a frenetic period for England’s elite as they aim to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Adcock, fresh from her superb win in December with husband Chris at the World Superseries Finals in Dubai, says that she will aim for Anthony Clark’s record 12 English National Championship titles after winning her eighth last year.
She said: “I want to go for the record of national titles. It could be difficult with the Olympics in mind but I hope to get 10 in the bag at some point.”
Since 1964, the Championships have been staged at 18 different venues nationwide – from Manchester and Hull, to Paignton and Brighton.
The University of Derby venue opened in September 2015 and boasts an 8-badminton court sports hall, a 70-station fitness suite, squash courts and an indoor sprint track.
The centre is also home to Team Derby, the 2015 winners of the inaugural National Badminton League (NBL) season.
Following the National Championships, the YONEX All England Championships – the first Superseries event of the 2016 season – will take place in early March at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham.
Olympic qualification finishes in early May, with Team GB currently in line to qualify athletes across all five disciplines.
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