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Leisure Centre and Chorlton Leisure of squash clubs in the UK. Most clubs get
Centre in Manchester handing out leaflets busy from 5pm, but because racketball
to all the ladies coming out of the gym. appeals to everyone especially to the over
by
Within 3 months we had over 40 people 50’s, young mothers and retired/semi
Sarah Taylor
JSRA RACKETBALL DEVELOPMENT
playing... mainly woman but we had men retired people, they can play in the hours
Jersey Squash Club
playing as well. that the courts are not being used. One
club in the UK now has 300 day time
Now that both children have started school, racketball members using the courts from
WHAT A
I have more time to develop the sport in 10am – 3pm, then the other 300 members
Jersey. We already have a Saturday morning use the courts from 5pm – 10pm. Not only
RACKET...
session at the Jersey Squash & Racketball that but the bar revenue has gone through
Club. Now we are aiming to start sessions at the roof with tea and coffee sales, so it’s
Les Quennevais and also at the new now a very healthy profitable club.
refurbished St. John squash court. They are
When Nick Taylor came over to
opening a new cafe at St. John next to the So what next? Our junior squash
Jersey in July last year, his wife Sarah
squash court which will be great - game of development programme is really doing
and their two children joined him.
racketball... cup of coffee! well and racketball is also looking good. So
However, Sarah had some plans of
with the new look club, complete with bar
her own involving racketball as she
Racketball started in the UK in the 1980’s and glass back courts, we have all the
explains to 20/20 magazine.
having come across from the U.S.A. It was ingredients for a fantastic sport and a ladies
played on a squash court with a bigger thriving squash & racketball club.
Nick and I first meet each other at the
bouncier ball and slightly different rules. It
Village Hyde squash club on the outskirts
was particularly popular in the Midlands We are aiming for an island-wide racketball
of Manchester at a Saturday morning junior
area although some of the interest dropped league, as we want more ladies involved. So
squash session. Twenty years on and we are
away in the 1990s. Now it has re-emerged ladies, if you are bored with the gym and
still as passionate about the sport.
again and is the now the fastest growing want to get fit and meet new friends come
racket sport in the UK. and join us. It is also a good compliment to
Since having Olivia (7) and Charlie (4), I have
tennis. How? Racketball is technically in
kept up my fitness by playing squash, but two
England Squash, the governing body for between squash and tennis so we are
years ago I also started playing racketball. I
squash, are now the official organisers of looking for woman who play tennis in the
then got my racketball coaching qualification
the sport and have even changed their summer to play racketball in the winter.
and Nick employed me as a casual coach.
name to England Squash & Racketball! The
Starting a sport is always tough but
reason they took control of the sport was We also have a new membership structure
racketball was an instant hit.
that they saw a big dip in usage in over 90% at the club for day time users.
Then I became involved with the
So if you would like to get involved
racketball development programme in
in racketball or squash please
Manchester. I stood outside the gym at
contact Sarah on 07829 743940 or
the National Squash Centre, Moss Side
email sarah@valedolobo109.com
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