The 2019 UK-Racketball Series begins with the East of England Racketball Open on the 2nd of March in Broxbourne. The current entry list is now online http://www.uk-racketball.com/e1---east-of-england-racketball-open---2nd-march.html
If you run or participate in a Racketball/Squash57 session do you use the England Squash app?
Tracking how many players take part in Racketball/Squash57 sessions is really important for the National Governing bodies funding. Any money that we receive from Sport England is reinvested straight back into the sport that we love. Better tournaments, more development and coaching sessions, all of this is possible if we can demonstrate just how many players are taking part in our sport. The England Squash web app is how participation is measured, and to help to demonstrate the numbers of people playing our sport, coaches and leaders can record their sessions and add players by using the app. For more information follow this link to the Squash57 App page... http://www.uk-racketball.com/squash57-on-the-app.html
At the start of 2018 we decided to make some important changes. Most notable of these were the addition of Series culminating in an end of year series leader board and including doubles at many of the events. Both of these proved to be very popular and have been rolled out for 2019.
This coming year will see some equally important and exciting changes which we hope will prove to be yet another positive step forward for our sport. The biggest changes are those effecting The Racketball/ Squash57 Nationals and Inter-Counties follow the links for more information.
2019 UK-Racketball Series
The final change for 2019 is something that you will notice straight away when you see the tournament calendar. We have decided to change individual events names to reflect the regional aspect of the competition. The main motivation for this came when players asked us to maintain a more UK wide inclusive spread of tournaments so that all regions had the opportunity to host an event. For example The Devon and Exeter Racketball Open from 2018 will be renamed the South West of England Racketball Open. The event structure will be the same in Devon as it has been for the past 7 years but we hope that the new name reflects that this is the biggest Racketball tournament in the South West.
E1 – East of England Racketball Open – 2nd March – Broxbourne
E2 – North East of England Racketball Open – 13th April – Hallamshire
E3 – North West of England Racketball Open – 4th May – Bowdon
E4 – Inter Counties – 8th/ 9th June – Nottingham
E5 – National Racketball/ Squash57 – 6th/ 7th July – Edgbaston Priory
E6 – London Racketball Open – 10th August – Bexley
E7 – West Midlands Racketball Open – 7th September – Leamington
E8 – South West of England Racketball Open – 28th September – Devon and Exeter
E9 – South East of England Racketball Open – 2nd November - Chichester
E10 – UK-Racketball Series Finals/ National Doubles – 7th December – Nottingham
Sign up for Series Membership to play in as many of the events above as you like. Click here for more information
The spirit of the UK-Racketball Series will remain unchanged for 2019. All events are designed for all ages and abilities. Everyone is competitive on court but fun, fair play and sportsmanship are at the heart of what we are trying to build. These days are about bringing people together for an enjoyable day of Racketball action!
It was a busy, long and great day of Racketball/ Squash57 for the 2018 UK-Racketball Series Finals at Nottingham on Saturday. In total 120 competitors took part with 6 grades running in the National Racketball/ Squash57 Doubles and a further 6 events running in the Nottingham Open Singles. Matches started at 9.00 and it was a full 12 hours later that the presentation was being made to the overall Series Champion.
Stephen Widdison finished off 2018 in style with victory in both the Over 60's Singles and Doubles.
For full results from the day follow this link - http://www.uk-racketball.com/e10---series-finals---8th-december.html
For videos, including some great shots of the Racketball/ Squash 57 National Doubles follow this link - www.youtube.com/channel/UCOCDhogUhLhXdcGnD58Nlbw/videos
Head to Facebook to see the photos from the day - www.facebook.com/UKRacketballSeries/
This is really early with over a month to go but entries for Nottingham are already looking strong so if you know that you can play enter early to avoid disappointment. Click here for more info and to enter online
The National Racketball/ Squash57 Doubles will take place alongside a normal UK-Racketball Series singles event. Players are limited to two categories but these can be split across either event. If players don't like doubles they can just participate in the singles. If players fancy trying their hand at a National Doubles title they can focus on this. Follow this link to view all of the entries so far!
The Surrey S57/Racketball Closed tournament once again returned to Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club with an increased entry on last year to 27 players.
As well the Men’s A Grade, Over 45’s and Over 55’s events we saw the inclusion of a Men’s B event too. All events except the B’s were a Monrad style played best of 3 PAR scoring to 11.
Click here for the full report - www.uk-racketball.com/surrey-racketball-closed-2018.html
Results will be added to the National Rankings on the next update!
This is the National Racketball/ Squash57 Doubles event that is taking place in Nottingham on the 8th of December.
Places are limited to 100 at Nottingham making this the second biggest event of the season after the Nationals. This is one event that you don't want to miss out on! For more information follow this link - www.uk-racketball.com/e10---series-finals---8th-december.html
Follow this link to view the full results from Chichester http://www.uk-racketball.com/e9---chichester---27th-oct.html - updated rankings coming soon.
The main results are in. Full results to follow on the Chichester page as soon as possible.
Winners photos can be found on our Facebook page here... www.facebook.com/UKRacketballSeries/
Ladies- Winner, Caroline Wright, rup, Jo Robinson, 2-0
B Grade- Winner Chris O Neil, rup, Alex Glencross, 2-0
O40- Winner Phil Hall, rup, Adam Grilli, 2-1
O50- winner Matt Fernandez, rup, Dan Fernandez, 2-0
O60- Winner David Worrall, rup, Stephen Widdison 2-1
Follow this link to view all of the draws ahead of this Saturday's action... http://www.uk-racketball.com/e9---chichester---27th-oct.html
The next event in the UK-Racketball Series at Chichester on the 27th of October has sold out. Follow this link to view the entry list and reserve list and find out how to add your name if you are interested in playing.
The 2018 UK-Racketball Series Finals - 8th December in Nottingham
Both The National Racketball Doubles and a normal UK-Racketball Series singles competition will run at Nottingham on the 8th of December. This is going to be a fantastic event and a great way to celebrate our biggest UK-Racketball Series yet. Follow this link for more information and to sign up online - www.uk-racketball.com/e10---series-finals---8th-december.html
After the finals the Series presentations will be made to the top 10 finishers. To see how the Rankings stand at the moment follow this link - http://www.uk-racketball.com/2018-series-rankings.html
Please note that this is not a UK-Racketball run event. The tournament organiser is Rennie Kapila please contact him directly email@example.com
The East of England Racketball Championship is going to be held at Peterborough Town Sports Club on Saturday October 20th. The idea is to hold a Monrad style open singles for men and ladies and a mixed open doubles for men, ladies and anything in-between.
Please see a poster explaining a little but more and entry form Word attachments.
But by way of explanation here’s a summary of what’s being organised. A Monrad style is a knockout where the winner goes through to play winners and the losers go through to play losers in the next round. I’m aiming for an entry of 16 for each competition. The nature of the competition is that each round should produce closer and closer matches. If there is a sufficient entry we will split the men singles into grades but until we know how many players decide to enter it is the one grade at present. It means if the entry is 16 then everyone will play four matches - but no matter the entry at least three matches (best of three to 11) are guaranteed for everyone.
The tournament will coincide with PTSC’s Oktoberfest. So there will be a Biergarten with plenty of refreshments (alcohol and non-alcohol) during the day. There’ll be plenty of German sausage available for those who want it and vegetarian options too. All tastes catered for. In the evening there’s going to be a marquee which will hold the main festivities - best dressed Herren und Damen, Stein holding competition and a terrific oompah band and rock’n’roll sing-a-long.
If you haven’t played doubles, well that’s another story as the rules are similar to table-tennis in that it’s alternative shots by each pair. Doubles will be draw for partners going high/low, so the best players will pair up with the less strong to even the pairs out. This is going to be very interesting!
So, if you fancy having a go in a friendly but competitive competition send your entry in to the organiser, Rennie Kapila in Peterborough, details on the posters. We also guarantee a friendly reception at the club which has hosted several successful racketball competitions in the past.
Entry fee for the racketball is £15 for one event and £20 if entering the doubles on top. Prizes will be for first place, runners-up, ninth and one randomly drawn prize - so for those who may lose every match there’s still a chance of walking away with something tangible for the efforts!
The cost of the separate evening Oktoberfest do (from 7.00 pm) is £15 plus a £5 refundable deposit for a Bier Stein or a Gluhwein mug. See poster for more details.
It should be a great day and evening. See you there - auf wiedersehn for now!
It's a fantastic entry again for Chichester. With still a month to go we only have two places left in the draw. Please enter as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. All entries after this will be added to the reserve list. As always with UK-Racketball events entry priority goes to the first person to enter rather than who is higher in the rankings.
Enter online here: http://fantasysquashshop.com/events/uk-racketball/the-chichester-racketball-open.html
For a full breakdown of the entry list so far follow this link: http://www.uk-racketball.com/e9---chichester---27th-oct.html
England Squash has today announced a collaborative new partnership with UK-Racketball that will see the two organisations work in unison to develop and grow Squash 57 across the country.
The partnership will see England Squash and UK-Racketball work together to raise the profile of the sport, deliver coaching courses and participation programmes, and increase the number of people playing recreationally and competitively. The two organisations will collaborate to improve the quality and consistency of information and support offered to clubs, event organisers and players.
The UK-Racketball series has been running since 2010 and has staged 65 events across the country, from Devon to Northumberland. Open to players of all ages and abilities, the tournaments are inclusive, fun and competitive.
Mark Williams, Director of Partnerships and Programmes at England Squash said:
“We are thrilled to partner with UK-Racketball to increase the profile of Squash 57 and provide more opportunities to play, compete and coach.
“UK-Racketball have developed a first-rate series of events and have played a leading role in driving the game forward in recent years. This partnership is a key step forward for Squash 57 as we seek to grow the game at all levels.”
Mark Fuller who has been running UK-Racketball since 2010 is equally optimistic about the future of the game. He said:
"I am very excited about the prospect of the newly formed partnership with England Squash. Not only do I think that this will help us to market our events to top players but UK-Racketball will be, for the first time, involved in building the grassroots participation of the sport.
"The partnership between England Squash and UK-Racketball will look to deliver beginner taster sessions at clubs, specific racketball / Squash57 coaching courses and better organisation of the sport."
"When I first started playing racketball / Squash57 the game was expanding quickly. I hope that this partnership can help to get the game back to developing at the rate that it should be, the UK’s fastest growing racket sport."
Find out more about UK-Rackteball and view the 2018/19 event calendar at uk-racketball.com.
Next up in the 2018 UK-Racketball Series it's a return to Devon and Exeter Squash and Racketball Club, a fantastic venue and a beacon for Racketball in the South West. Click here to head straight to the event page where you can find all the information regarding the event.
The sport has a fantastic and passionate local following, which helps to make this event extra special. This will be the 7th year that the Series has made a trip to Devon and Exeter. Last year saw the return of Matt Baker. Finalist in the A Grade in 2013 he overcame all challengers including Steve Selly in the final to take the Over 40's in 2017. As the Hall of Fame shows below the titles have been well spread but at Devon there is definitely more of a concentration of local winners than elsewhere in the UK.
What: Devon and Exeter Racketball Open
When: Saturday 30th September
Where: Devon and Exeter Squash and Racketball Club
Postcode: EX4 4PR
Cost: £12.50 (£5 for tournament t-shirt)
Patrick Osborn has spoken and the winner is...
Andrew Borland for his original thinking caption “Right boys … Hope you’ve had a word with ourselves, I’m back let’s play, This is Sparta”, the only caption that had Zoe entering rather than leaving the court.
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The Over 40’s is looking like the strongest draw that we have had. Top three in the England Rankings, Richard Davies no.1, Adam Grilli no.2 and Michael Wardle no.3 are all in alongside last years Over 35’s National Champion Ryan Loska. All four players have taken titles this year, Wardle in Northumberland, Grilli in Bexley and Broxbourne, Loska at Hallamshire and Davies at the Nationals. One thing is for sure this is going to be a very high standard event, Richard Cobb had better bring his running shoes!
For the full draws follow this link
We await the final confirmation but from a UK perspective we appear to have the following gold medals:
UK-Racketball/Squash57: Tim Baghurst o30; Adam Grilli o40; Ian Graham o60; Jack Clay o70 … (a clean sweep!)
Racquetball Doubles: Tim Bagburst o35
The travelling Brits all won racquetball doubles games, Adam even won a Racquetball doubles match. Next year we will win some Racquetball singles as well!
— with Adam Grilli and Tim Bathurst.
Day 1 at the International Racquetball Federation - follow our very own Adam Grilli, Ian Graham & Jack Clay
Head to the UK-Racketball Facebook page for updates as they happen provided by Patrick Osborn - www.facebook.com/UKRacketballSeries/
IRF WSRC - Results day2: UK won 1 of 8 played matches, 4 of the matches being UK-Racketball/Squash57. The big news from Albuquerque on day2 is that all three Brits got to within 2 points of winning their first game of Racquetball singles! (see video clip). The Brits are currently propping up all of their Racquetball pools but aren't even half way through the competition yet and the scores are getting closer. In the UK-Racketball/Squash57, Adam Grilli is a close 2nd but with games in hand and both Jack and Ian have wins under their belts despite being senior citizens in the competition. There is now talk of having exhibition UK-Racketball/Squash57 doubles later in the week.
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