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Bexley Racketball Open – Event 3 of the 2018 UK-Racketball Series - 9th June

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Due to very popular demand the Series has added in a 10th event for the 2018 Series, The Bexley Racketball Open. The Kent and North London area is a growing hotspot for Racketball with many players supporting events all round the UK. The Bexley Racketball Open gives these players a chance to fight it out for titles on home soil. Expect a big entry for this one both locally and from the rest of the UK with Bexley being a Racketball hotspot in a good location and a lovely club.


Racketball at Bexley has an amazing history and without it the game might not exist at all. Scroll to below the tournament information to read an article on Ian Wright who helped to shape Racketball in the UK. The club currently has 72 players in their internal leagues making it one of the biggest Racketball centres in the UK.

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Introduction

Due to very popular demand the Series has added in a 10th event for the 2018 Series, The Bexley Racketball Open. The Kent and North London area is a growing hotspot for Racketball with many players supporting events all round the UK. The Bexley Racketball Open gives these players a chance to fight it out for titles on home soil. Expect a big entry for this one both locally and from the rest of the UK with Bexley being a Racketball hotspot in a good location and a lovely club. 

The Bexley Racketball Open will host the first incorporation of doubles into the Series. Players already entering the singles at Bexley will be able to sign up for the doubles at only £5.00 a person. The doubles structure will be the same as the singles with group stages leading into a knockout and results will count towards the overall Series ranking list. If the incorporation of doubles into the event at Bexley is a success hopefully we will see it being rolled out into the other venues of the UK-Racketball Series.

Racketball at Bexley has an amazing history and without it the game might not exist at all. Scroll to below the tournament information to read an article on Ian Wright who helped to shape Racketball in the UK. The club currently has 72 players in their internal leagues making it one of the biggest Racketball centres in the UK.
 

Main Tournament Details

What: Bexley Racketball Open
When: Saturday 9th June
Where: Bexley Lawn Tennis, Squash and Racketball Club
Postcode: DA5 1AX
Singles Cost: £12.50 (£5 for tournament t-shirt)
Doubles Cost: £5.00 per person alongside singles entry
More Information: Email Mark Fuller mark@starsportsdevelopment.com or call Mark on 07846 067505


Racketball History at Bexley

Ian Wright, Club Secretary, introduced the game of Squash to the club in 1965 and acted as foreman to build the second court for under £3,000 in 1967. The court fee for 40   minutes was 10p per player. Some ten years later, Ian experimented with some short handled rackets and the core of a tennis ball as an alternative game for dual use of Squash Courts.

Ian wrote a set of rules and a constitution for an association for this new game of Racketball.

On 13th February 1984, in Stourbridge LTC, the British Racketball Association was founded, having adopted Ian’s Rules and Constitution and elected Ian as its first Honorary Secretary.

The Sports Council, on 30th October 1984, officially recognised the British Racketball Association as the Governing Body for the sport. Membership stood at 55 clubs with 239 individual members.

By 1988 the Individual Membership of the British Racketball Association stood at 650 members and a Sports Council survey found there to be 30,000 players in the UK.

In 1998, control of the game passed to England Squash, with Ian Wright, as Vice President of the Governing Body, becoming Chairman of the Racketball Committee.

The game has flourished in the Bexley Club with 72 players in the internal Racketball League and the Club teams, arguably, the best in the South East of England.

Bexley Club Members have won Kent and England Championships

KENT CHAMPIONS:

Rob Lewis and Mark Steeden,

Nick Eagle (Over 35), Ray Jennings (Over 35), Paul Slater (Over 35),

John Prowse and Peter Lewis (Over 55), Ian Wright (Over 65), Nicky Slater (Over 35).

ENGLAND CHAMPIONS

Ian Wright (Over 50, Over 65 and Over 70), Peter Lewis (Over 55),

John Prowse (Over 60), Paul Slater (Over 35).

 

The club currently has internal squash and racketball leagues and runs 5 squash teams in the North Kent Priory League and a Racketball team in the South East Region Racketball League along with 2 junior teams in the Kent league. Bexley is home to UK-Racketball Series legend and winner of 16 Titles Ted Jeal.


Grades 

It is important to remember that UK-Racketball Series events are designed to be inclusive. Although the A grade does attract the best racketball players in the country the events really are for players of all ages and abilities. We have never had a competitor who felt they were not good enough for an event when they took part.

A Grade – County, national or good club player 
B Grade – Regular club player 
Women’s – All ages and abilities, these events have a great range of players which makes for a fun
and competitive day.
Over 40’s – For players over the age of 40
Over 50’s - For players over the age of 50 
Over 60’s – For players over the age of 60
DOUBLES – Players of all ages and abilities, find a partner and go for it. A reminder of the Racketball Doubles rules can be found here…

If you are unsure which category to enter please feel free to contact Mark Fuller directly on 07846067505 or email us at info@uk-racketball.com and we will be happy to advise you. 

If entries to a category are not sufficient grades may be merged, however all participants will always be informed in advance and they will have a choice if they would still like to play, this has never happened in the last four years.


 

Club Facilities


Bexley Lawn Tennis Squash & Racketball Club has the reputation as one of the premier squash clubs in Kent and the South East Region.

It has 5 squash courts with balcony viewing, 2 of these are glass backed championship courts with a seating area.
 

 
 

Club Location

Address:

Bexley Tennis, Squash and Racketball Club
Parkhurst Road
Bexley
DA5 1AX

Website: http://www.bexleyclub.co.uk/
Phone Number: 01322 254544

Sponsors

Head Rackets

The Series would not run without the support that it receives from its sponsors. Our long standing title sponsor HEAD are returning for another year this year. HEAD are one of the biggest sports brands in the world, produce some of the best racketball rackets, and are a fantastic supporter of racketball - so we are thrilled to have them on board again.

Featuring HEAD's revolutionary Inner Grommet System Technology and patented twin tube construction, their rackets deliver superior performance, power and stability. Many of HEAD’s rackets feature Graphene XT Technology. Once played with a Graphene racquet, you never want to miss the extra swing it gives you with each shot. Now imagine the next stage of this revolutionary technology: GRAPHENE XT, a new generation of HEAD racquets with enhanced weight distribution, perfect maneuverability and a fast performance that will just blow your opponents away.



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