Air-IT staff James Healey, Jamie Hissitt, Ben Lee and Daniel Conway recently entered the UK-Racketball Series tournament which took place at the Nottingham Squash and Rackets Club on August 25th.
(L to R) Air-IT staff James Healey, Jamie Hissitt, Ben Lee, Daniel Conway
Racketball is the fastest growing sport in the UK and is rapidly growing in popularity throughout the world. The sport is played on a squash court with similar rules to squash but with a shorter racquet and larger ball and is an easy game for beginners to pick up quickly.
The Harrow UK-Racketball Series is the Premier Tournament Series for racketball in the UK and includes 8 tournaments throughout the year hosted at some of the most prestigious clubs in the Country.
The Nottingham tournament was the fifth in this year’s series and was part of the 2012 Mantis Fantasy Squash Festival. Held at the Nottingham Squash and Rackets Club the festival ran over 9 days and was made up of 5 different events each promoting squash and racketball throughout the region.
B Grade Final (L-R) Andy Wood and James Healey, Air-IT
James Healey, Air-IT Technical Director is a keen squash and racketball enthusiast playing the sport to a high standard and is currently number 25 in the UK official national rankings. Jamie, Daniel and Ben are relative newcomers to the sport having only taken it up recently.
The competition included grade’s to suit all standards with six separate categories available for A Grade, B Grade, Women’s, Over 40s, Over 50s, and Beginners. James entered the Grade B category with the remaining Air-IT entrants taking part in the beginners section.
The tournament consisted of group stages before a semi-final and final with every Air-IT player taking part in at least three matches.
Air-IT Technician Daniel Conway on Court
Congratulations are in order for James Healey who was the eventual winner in the Grade B category. James cruised to victory by winning all of his group stage games 2 – 0, before easily winning in the semi-final and going onto the beat Andy Wood in the final by 2 – 1.
Unfortunately, Jamie, Daniel and Ben did not make it past their group stages despite a valiant effort by all. However, all are playing regularly and plan to take part in the remaining 3 UK-Racketball competitions, later in the year, to hopefully better their results in the future.
B Grade Winners Presentation (L to R) James Healey, Air-IT and Will Bennett UK-Racketball
Air-IT has been closely associated with Squash and Racketball in the Midlands for many years now. We currently sponsor the Manor Squash and Racketball 1st Teams, have sponsored numerous UK-Racketball series events and are in the final year of a 3 year sponsorship deal with the Nottinghamshire Squash Rackets Association.