Rackets is yet another sport which a Radleian can take advantage
of whilst at the College and it has been part of the school since the
beginning. The court is always thriving with keen pupils from all the different
years and with the brand-new office built, the rackets community can only get
bigger. The quality has always been strong with the coach, Mark Hubbard, always
giving helpful tips and the MiC, Kyle Willis-Stovold, trying to get you on
court as much as possible.
The Rackets results have really excelled this term with a number
of consistent players performing in every fixture including Harry Purton, Rory
Marshall and the Foreman brothers. The first pair have had some brilliant recent
results against Malvern College in a thrilling five set match as well as a
convincing win against St Paul’s. However, now eyes turn to the National Schools tournament at Eton/Queens next week, where all the players' progress will
Freddie White (1st
Pair), G Social, 6.1
Rackets: an Over-view by Master in Charge, KMWS
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. Mark
Hubbard is the Professional and as a former Doubles World Champion, is able to
pass on valuable experience and coaching points to the boys. 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!