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2022 JERSEY RACKETBALL FESTIVAL
29th April - 1st May 2022
The Jersey Squash & Racketball Club would like to invite you to join them for the 2022 Jersey Racketball Festival which will be held on their beautiful island from 29th April to 1st May. Matches take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but as this is a festival the social aspect is just as important! The club bar will be open all weekend serving your favourite drinks and nibbles, plus there will also be some live music for you to dance the night away to. The closing date for entries for off-island teams is fast approaching (31st December), so if you haven’t yet entered a team but would like to do so please fill out the online form via the link below:
Follow this link to view the entry list for the Series finals in Nottingham. It is a fantastic entry into both the East Midlands Singles and the National Doubles!
4 quality pairings lead the way in the Mixed Doubles with Luke Bishop and Amber Marshall toping the seeding list but they have some tough matches ahead of them with experienced doubles players and the holders of many, many national titles Patrick Osborn and Zoe Fennell seeking to add to their tally.
October was a busy month on the UK Racketball Series. The 16th and 17th saw the inaugural British Racketball Open in support of Bluebell Wood. Played at Hallamshire, Sheffield, the tournament was contested by some 150 entrants representing 66 clubs from across the country.
Next up on the UK-Racketball Series was a return to Chichester for the South of England Racketball Open. This is one of the most fun events of the Series, and saw some new faces joining the perennial stars of the series.
To read the full reports from both events head to the following links British Open and South of England Open.
Both events combined have had a big influence on the National Racketball Ranking and the UK-Racketball Series Rankings, click the link below to find out how the rankings have changed.
This is a last call for entries to the East of England Racketball Competition at the City of Peterborough Sports Club on Saturday November 20th 2021.
There are spaces available in all grades, but entries must be submitted before the closing date of Monday November 15th. So, if you are interested in playing in this tournament please contact the organiser to complete an entry form before then.
For more details on the tournaments, and how to enter, click the link below.
SUNDAY 9TH JANUARY 2022:
Exeter Golf and Country Club One Day Racketball Graded event!
Open to all playing abilities with 5 Grades form A to E.
You will have 2 x best of 3 game matches and one final best of 5 game match in the tournament.
For More details, and how to enter, click the link below.
The South of England Racketball Open at Chichester Squash Club is always one of the most popular events on the calendar, and this year was no exception.
This year Chichester hosted 60 competitors over 7 grades, along with 8 doubles pairings, and a full day of racketball starting at 9am and going on into the evening.
Fresh from his strong British Open semi-final against Nick Matthew, UK Racketball Series stalwart Luke Bishop headed up a competitive A Grade down on the south coast.
Follow this link to read the report . . .
The Bluebell Wood British Racketball Open was new to the UK-Racketball 2021 calendar, and it certainly didn’t disappoint! The tournament saw some 150 entrants representing 66 clubs from England, Scotland, Jersey, Cornwall, and Portugal, with the youngest being 13 and the oldest player 78!
The Bluebell Wood British Racketball Open saw the return of many familiar faces to the UK Racketball Series, as well as some famous newcomers looking to upset the established order. After a strong performance in August, Nationals Champion Amber Marshall was...
Follow this link to read the report...
Sheffield to host “Wimbledon” of racketball featuring world and national champions
To see the latest draw information follow this link - https://www.uk-racketball.com/e4---bluebell-wood-british-racketball-open---16th17th-october.html
Over 150 players from all over the UK and beyond are set to compete in the “Wimbledon of racketball” in Sheffield this weekend.
The first ever Bluebell Wood British Racketball Open marks a new milestone for one of the UK’s fastest growing sports. World and National squash and racketball champions are participating – with one calling the tournament the “Wimbledon” of their sport – alongside players from 13 to 78 years old.
All will compete for the biggest ever prizes in the history of racketball, while helping to raise vital funds for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Sheffield has become a hub for racketball. “Easy to play, but hard to master,” the sport is played on a standard squash court but using a shorter racket and a bigger, bouncier ball. This makes hand-eye coordination easier than squash and the ball easier to strike so the game gives longer rallies.
Hosted at world-renowned tennis, squash and racketball club, The Hallamshire, the Bluebell Wood British Racketball Open takes place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th October. Spectating is free of charge and the event is family-friendly. It will welcome some of the biggest names from racketball and squash, including:
• Amber Marshall, Current British Racketball Champion
• Sarah-Jane Perry, Current British National Squash Champion
• Tim Vail, 10 times British Racketball Champion
• Nick Matthew, 3 times World Open and 3 times British Open Squash Champion
Mark Fuller, Head of UK-Racketball, said,
“The Bluebell Wood British Racketball Open is groundbreaking for the sport and for Sheffield. With the biggest prize money in racketball history, a record number of grades and a doubles grade for the for the first time in the history of a major racketball event, it has attracted players from all over the UK, and overseas making it a truly global event.
“We are thrilled to welcome over 150 entrants from 13 to 78 for the first ever Bluebell Wood British Racketball Open, which we believe will become the biggest racketball tournament in the world.
"This event could not take place without the help of The Templand Group, financially supporting the tournament to further promote the charity Bluebell Wood. It’s been such a difficult year for everyone, including sportspeople who love competing and charities which depend on fundraising events, so we are delighted The Templand Group has enabled the tournament to happen."
In the third event, of what has been an incredible return to racketball so far this series, we returned to the Devon and Exeter Club for the ninth time for an event which is always greatly contested across all grades. This year was no exception, with upsets to the seedings coming in 50% of the grades.
The A grade saw local hero and reigning national champion, Mike Harris, take the title for the first time without dropping a game. Defending champion Luke Bishop unfortunately had to pull out at the last minute due to injury but hopefully he will return next year to set up an epic match up against Mike for the title and local bragging rights.
In a very strong women’s event we saw National finalist Natalie Lawrence overcome...
Follow this link for the full report: Event 3 Report
Hosted at world renowned squash and tennis club, Hallamshire, this tournament includes a record number of grades in the hope of becoming the biggest racketball tournament in the world.
This is an event for players of all ages and abilities with a grade for everyone!
We have a total prize fund of £5,000 split evenly between the men's and women's A Grades. £1000 tournament champion. £500 losing finalist. £250 losing semi finalists. £125 losing quater finalists.
Follow this link for more tournament details and to enter online - https://www.uk-racketball.com/e4---bluebell-wood-british-racketball-open---16th17th-october.html
Back by popular demand, The Oliver Squash Graded Series will be returning November 6th and 7th at City of Peterborough Squash and Racketball Club.
Squash = Saturday November 6th
Racketball = Sunday November 7th
All details and entry via: https://rankedin.com/en/tournament/5952/oliver-graded-series-21-22-1
£10 for entry into 1 event, £15 for 2. Pay on the day or to bank details: T Mounter, 040004, 38884180.
Tournament T-shirts can be bought on the day but we recommend reserving before to avoid disappointment!
Look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible for another great event.
It feels good to be back!
The 2021 British Racketball/Squash57 Nationals took place in Edgbaston Priory Club over the weekend of the 21st to the 22nd of August. With over 200 entries from across the UK it was a brilliant weekend with old friendships and Racketball rivalries renewed.
The final that decided the men’s open competition pitted last years National Champion Mike Harris against Luke Bishop; a player who has won 5 regional championships on the bounce. From the start the clash of styles...
Follow this link for the full report - https://www.uk-racketball.com/e2---national-racketball-squash57-championships-2021---21st-22nd-august.html
The entry lists for both the National Challenger taking place in Leamington on the 7th of August and The National Racketball/Squash57 Championships taking place in Edgbaston on the 21st/22nd August have both been released online.
National Challenger - Leamington 7th August - Event Fully Booked
National Rackeball Championships - 21st/22nd August - over 120 entries so far with just under a month to go before kick off. To book your place follow this link - https://www.uk-racketball.com/e2---national-racketball-squash57-championships-2021---21st-22nd-august.html
The response from the UK-Racketball community to the announcement of dates and venues has been brilliant. Fingers crossed that everything continues as planned on the Covid roadmap because if it does we are in for a fantastic 2021 of Racketball.
Current Entry Numbers and Spaces
Locations, entry numbers and spaces remaining are listed below. As you can see there have been a lot of entries even for events not taking place till 6 months time.
Event 1: Leamington – 41 entries with 19 spaces remaining
Event 2: Nationals Edgbaston – 28 entries with no current limits placed on spaces
Event 3: Devon and Exeter – 11 entries with 49 spaces remaining
Event 4: British Open Hallamshire – 13 entries with no current limits placed on spaces
Event 5: Chichester – 29 entries – 31 spaces remaining
Event 6: Nottingham – 10 entries – 50 spaces remaining
Event 7: National Doubles Nottingham – 4 entries with no current limits placed on spaces
The first event is set to take place on the 7th of August in Leamington Spa. Billed as The Racketball Nationals Challenger this is a perfect one day warm up event ahead of the National Championship taking place in Edgbaston Priory over the 21st and 22nd of August weekend.
We are aiming to run six events in 2021, to view the full list of dates and venues follow this link...
Mark Fuller (UK-Racketball) and Patrick Osborn (chair of WSF's Squash57 Commission) answer Squash57 related questions posed by the playing community including: -
Partick Osborn reports...
I was pleased to attend the two virtual Town Halls and December’s AGM where I was able to present Squash 57 activities and its potential within the WSF community. I was encouraging to be asked so many informed Squash57 questions and very happy to have our proposed Squash57 rule changes approved so wholeheartedly. In case you would like to review in detail the presentations, the Squash57 slide is included below and you can watch the recording of the relevant clip from the 2nd Town Hall here.
If you have any follow up Squash57 questions, now or in the future, then please feel free to contact me directly.
This is following on from an update on the site a few months ago regarding a "Go Fund Me" request from one of our regular UK-Racketball Series members and supporters Andy Ruff.Peterborough are adding a 5th court to the club. Follow the link below to see the progress! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=221092659398560
Designed by UK-Racketball Series favourite Patrick Osborn!
We know that you cannot get to the courts at the moment but this is a good way to remember your no.1 sport even when you can't play.
We have a special bundle deal running to celebrate this launch. Follow this link for more information and to find out how you can purchase your's.
Patrick has created a youtube to talk you all through his new masks and that can be found here... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMySOIsLX_s&feature=youtu.be
A big thank you to Simon Martin for putting this video together for the Racketball/Squash57 community.
It starts with "I have heard many people saying that you cannot kill a ball in Racketball..." to find out how and to learn more from one of the most skilful players on tour follow this link or click on the video below!
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