NBL badminton match at Derby Arena

Thu 29 Jan 2015

Team Derby will host their first ever National Badminton League match versus Milton Keynes Badminton on Monday 23 March at Derby Arena. The University of Derby’s Team Derby is one of six university-based franchises starting out in the new league, which'll be televised by Sky Sports and will feature the country’s top players.

By attending the match you'll be able to enjoy an electric atmostphere whilst watching your local team play. We must add that you'll have the great opportunity of seeing top-class international stars of badminton come together to compete.

The Team Derby vs Milton Keynes game'll be shown live on Sky Sports. Team Derby will continue their bid to be crowned NBL champions.

We will see Team Derby compete here at the Arena again on Monday 27 April for their second home game against their local rivals - Nottingham. 

Led by Derbyshire’s own Donna Kellogg Team Derby includes the UK No.1 ranked men’s singles player Rajiv Ouseph, Olympic Silver Medallist Gail Emms and four Commonwealth Games athletes including Kate Robertshaw, Andy Ellis and Martin Campbell.

Donna Kellogg said:

“We have some exceptional badminton players representing University of Derby - Team Derby and it is a fantastic opportunity for local sport fans to see world class badminton in a world class venue. We are hoping we can attract a large and lively crowd to Derby Arena to support Team Derby to victory. It is the fastest racket sport and with a new game format for the league, a unique scoring system and dynamic in-game features its sure to be an entertaining evening for all involved.”

Councillor Alison Martin, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, said:

 “We are extremely excited to be hosting not one but two fixtures of the brand new National Badminton League, which is game changing for the sport in the UK. This is a fantastic opportunity to watch some of Europe’s best badminton players here in Derby and with Sky Sports cameras firmly fixed on Derby Arena, it’s a brilliant opportunity to cement our place on the sporting map.”

To see the matches live for yourself buy your tickets now.