While international commitments mean Chris Adcock won’t be able to lead the University of Nottingham into the inaugural National Badminton League Finals Day, the Milton Keynes ace is confident his team can do the business.
After finishing the NBL in third place, University of Nottingham head to the K2 in Crawley on Sunday, June 7 knowing they must get past rivals Team Derby for a chance to be the first-ever team to get their name on the trophy.
But if they want to get their hands on the prize they will have to do it without skipper Adcock who will be missing for the finals, he and wife Gabby hoping to be competing in the Indonesian Open final which is happening on the same day.
However, Adcock believes his side have all the ability they need to take down Team Derby and surge to the title.
“We took a little while to get going in this year’s NBL, I think getting used to the scoring system, and how it all works,” he said.
“But then we got into our stride against Loughborough and Surrey, before a little bit of disappointment when we played Derby at the end of the year. But we still got through to the finals and that was the main thing.
“It’s been a real privilege and an honour to captain Nottingham, they’re obviously my home county so to play for them is great.
“I’ve really enjoyed the team atmosphere. To get through to the finals was the aim at the start of the year and we’ve achieved that so I’ve really happy.
“It’s disappointing that we’re not going to have a full strength side but I believe in the guys.
“They’re going to fight for every point and take it game but game but I think they can definitely make the final and then who knows.”
While there will be no NBL finals appearance for Adcock he still has his eyes set firmly on next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.
And he thinks the experience that he and wife Gabby have accumulated since London 2012 gives them every chance of making the podium in Rio.
“The main thing in Olympic qualification is dealing with more tournaments, dealing with niggles,” he added.
“It’s an eventuality you are going to get injured at some point so it is about minimising the effects of that.
“We are both experienced in that, so we need to use that and be careful in our planning. If we perform well in the big events, then hopefully we cannot go to as many later on.
“I can honestly say I really did enjoy London even though it perhaps didn’t go the way I wanted it to. I’ll take that experience and that of the Commonwealth Games into the Olympics this time around.”
• The UK’s first ever National Badminton League (NBL) season comes to a thrilling finale on Sunday, 7 June, at K2 Crawley.
Tickets are now available at nationalbadmintonleague.co.uk