Team GB badminton player Chris Adcock told Sportsvibe that he hopes to build on last years London Olympic success and get the sport further exposure.
Adcock, who is predominately a mixed doubles player, encountered a disappointing Olympic Games getting knocked out in the first round, but insisted that it was an incredible experience.
“Performing in front of your home crowd is always amazing, but doing so at an Olympics Games was incredible,” said Adcock.
He continued by praising the support around all of the sports, “The crowds definitely improved the medal count, you could see that around the camp and people who you spoke with, it took the athletes to another level.”
Whilst being able to take the athletes to another level at the time, Adcock also hoped it would increase participation, especially in badminton.
“It would be amazing to see badminton grow as a sport and holding the Olympic Games will definitely help that.
“If I could inspire just one young person to pick up a racquet that would be great and hopefully that has happened.”
Adcock believes that the Centre Parcs National Schools Badminton Championships is another initiative that can help get more young people playing badminton.
“The Center Parcs National Schools Badminton Championships is something in my calendar that I always look forward to, getting to meet the young kids who are keen to play the sport and show them what I have done is very exciting.
“Hopefully as the time passes and people are more aware of the sport it can become more mainstream and I think it will with initiative such as this. ”
Chris Adcock was speaking at the Center Parcs National Schools Badminton Championships which took place over the weekend of 20/21 April. www.badmintonengland.co.uk/CPNSC