Rackets is the fastest racket sport in the world with the ball travelling at speeds up to 180mph.
Our court was renovated two years ago and is one of the nicest playing courts on the circuit.
Rackets is played by all year groups from Shell upwards. All new boys get to try it in their first few weeks of starting at Radley. Because of the nature of the game Shells don’t get to play matches until at least the Michaelmas half-term.
The rackets season runs from September to March. There are school matches every Tuesday and sometimes on a Thursday. Our opponents include the likes of Eton, Harrow, Tonbridge, Wellington. It is a full calendar of matches and there are also two very prestigious tournaments that boys can be selected for throughout the season. In December there is the Public Schools’ Singles Championship and in March there is the Public Schools’ Doubles Championship, both held at The Queen’s Club.
Rackets here at Radley is very popular and this particular year there have been a record number of Shells participating which is very encouraging for the future.
The game of rackets has come a long way since its origins back in the 18th Century in two of London’s debtors’ prisons. Generally considered the fastest racket sport in the world, with the ball travelling up to 180 mph, it maintains many wonderfully traditional aspects, such as the use of wooden rackets. It is not hard to see why many Radleians become hooked by the sport.
The court at Radley is located at the heart of the campus and is one of the original features of the school. Played throughout the Michaelmas and Lent terms, there are only 14 schools in the UK that have the facility to play and regular opponents include Eton, Harrow and Tonbridge. In addition, there are two Public Schools Championships that are held annually at London’s Queen’s Club. All Shells get the opportunity to experience the game and from that, it is a game that benefits any sportsman’s development due to the hand-eye coordination required. Equally it is enjoyed by many as a stand-alone sport. There are simply not many better feelings than the ‘ping’ of the ball off the centre of the strings - a game like no other!