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Rackets at Radley

Rackets at Radley

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 be challenged.

 

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!

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