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Stamford Squash Club aiming to attract players to take up racketball which is now known as Squash 57

Thriving Stamford Squash Club are aiming to build on their success by attracting new players to take up one of England’s fastest growing sports.

The Conduit Road club are offering free taster sessions for newcomers to try out Squash 57 (formerly known as racketball).

It involves a larger racket than squash and a bigger bouncier ball which means there’s more time to line up your shots.

Treasurer Dave Spooner and son Eden, a junior ranked squash player, try their hand at squash 57.
Treasurer Dave Spooner and son Eden, a junior ranked squash player, try their hand at squash 57.

The free taster sessions are being held at the club on Saturday, September 7, 14 and 21 from 11.30am and chairman Ferlin Barnard feels it’s a sport that could appeal to all.

He said: “Racketball is the fastest growing sport in the UK. It’s easy to play, easier than squash.

“If someone was to come and play squash, there are certain barriers if they were to play someone really good.

“But racketball is more even with the different rackets and larger balls. England Squash have called it Squash 57 because the ball is 57mm in diameter.

“Other clubs in the area have successfully brought it in so we’re introducing it to try and attract new members.

“It’s easier on the joints for older people than squash and it can be just for recreational use if people want to come out for a bit of fitness.

“It’s more of a rallying game which will give you more cardio than squash. The rallies go on longer.

“I’ve been trialling it myself and I haven’t played squash since April.

“I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s a different sport – an analogy would be rugby union and rugby league.

“It’s new and easy for people to play – even if you’ve never played before. It’s also a game that families can play.”

The Stamford club has been open for nearly 50 years and they are currently enjoying a fine run of success.

Back-to-back promotions has seen the senior side reach Division Two of the highly-competitive Cambs League.

East Midlands squash coach Dan McGinn is also running Saturday morning lessons for juniors while former world number four Tania Bailey is also part of the club’s coaching team.

Ferlin added: “We’re an open and friendly club. We have club nights every Thursday which are open to members and non-members.

“We are trying to establish more juniors through Dan’s Saturday morning coaching while Tania also coaches.

“There are inter-club leagues for squash and we’ll be looking to start ones for Squash 57 (racketball) as well.”

Anyone requiring further information about Stamford Squash Club can visit their website at www.stamfordsquashclub.org.uk

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