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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)
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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.
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