Played at only 14 schools in the country, Rackets is a faster version of squash enjoyed by girls and boys throughout the school.
Essentially squash with a golf ball that travels up to 180mph, frustrating yet addictive, Rackets is perhaps the hardest sport most people will ever try. Requiring the racket-handling skills of tennis or squash and the hardball timing of hockey, cricket or golf, it is the ultimate ball sport.
It develops not only the transferrable physical skills of balance, footwork and hand-eye co-ordination, but also the qualities of resilience, determination and problem-solving so central to success in all aspects of life.
Just as importantly, though, rackets plays an invaluable pastoral and social role for members of the club. The office provides a sanctuary away from the bustle of school life and the pupils’ busy academic schedules, building a ‘rackets family’ not only between years within the school, but between all the schools on the circuit – Eton, Harrow, St Paul’s, Tonbridge, Wellington, Winchester, Charterhouse, Cheltenham, Clifton, Rugby, Radley, Malvern and Marlborough – all of whom we play during the winter and at the National Championships at The Queen’s Club in London in the weeks before Christmas and Easter.
Haileybury boasts some of the best young players in the country, a trend that will only continue with the growing Lower School club and a number of strong intakes to come in the next few years.
We are currently national champions in the Boys U16 individual competition for the second year in a row, as well as national champions in the Boys U16 doubles competition. Our strength on the Rackets court is known throughout the country, reinforced by Old Haileyburians including Tom Billings having passed through the School.
The Rackets court is open all year round, with an open door policy for anyone who wishes to give Rackets a go. Our resident Rackets coach is available all throughout the day to offer coaching and game play to all pupils from Lower School to Upper Sixth boys and girls.
To learn more about our forthcoming matches, recent results as well as our Sports Scholarships and High Performance Programme, please follow the links below: