Published on 26th March 2014

men playing squash

The UK’s fastest growing racket sport is coming to leisure-at-cheltenham. You can learn how to play on an eight week racketball course which starts 24 April 2014.

The £50 course which includes a supplied racket and ball is a great opportunity to keep fit and try out a sport that is relatively new to this country. Every Thursday there will be a one hour session from 10.00am at leisure-at-cheltenham.

Also every Thursday at 11.00am there is a drop in racketball option, which is £3.20 per session with a limited number of rackets and balls for hire.

Racketball is played on a squash court and is suitable for all levels over the age of 16. Despite being very similar to squash, it is not as hard on joints. The game is made simpler by having a bigger ball, a bigger racket head and shorter handle. Fitness and reaction skills benefit from playing the sport and it’s a great socialising opportunity also.

Daniel Brookes, Dryside activities & group exercise officer at leisure-at-cheltenham, says: "The leisure-at-cheltenham team are always looking to adopt new sports and racketball is one of the best yet. It’s a great way to boost fitness levels and make exercise fun and interesting. It’s also a great way to become socially active. Despite being an easier sport to squash, it can be quite competitive. Whether you want to just have fun or take the sport seriously, we will encourage all forms of participation."

Councillor Rowena Hay, cabinet member for sport and culture added: “It’s great to see leisure-at-cheltenham offering the people of Cheltenham the chance to try new activities. With new sports emerging all the time, the team do a great job in bringing these to the people of Cheltenham who otherwise may not ever know about them.”

For more information on racketball, visit the England Squash and Racketball website at:


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