Squash was invented at Harrow School in 1830. In 1836 the first four Squash courts were constructed at the school – and Squash was officially founded as a sport. Racketball was invented in the USA a little later in 1950 – and was later ‘modified’ in the UK to use existing Squash courts. It is estimated over 20 million people worldwide play Squash and almost 6 million play Racketball.
Squash is popular worldwide. It is a fast-moving sport and is an excellent cardiovascular workout. It can be played at any age and is easy to learn. Modified game types and various types of equipment are available to suit every size and skill level. Squash has even been recognized as the number one health and fitness sport.
Key benefits of playing squash include development of agility, sharpening of hand-eye coordination, increased flexibility, pinpointing of concentration (mental and visual), improvement of strength and fitness (burning around 500 calories in 30 minutes!) as well as boosting all round health.
Unlike a gym where members are isolated and generally alone in their exercise, Squash and Racketball provides a high calorie burning activity with another player. Whilst some choose to be competitive - others simply have great fun together on court.
Squash & Racketball are played on the same court and share very similar rules. Squash is played with a smaller headed – longer handled racket and small ball, whilst Racketball is played with a larger headed – shorter handled racket and a slightly larger ball. Both are great fun and fantastic exercise and well worth trying if you have never played before. Here is a quick overview…
All you need to get started is standard gym wear, indoor non-marking sports shoes, a racket and a ball. Rackets can be borrowed from the club if required.
Our club provides qualified coaching for members and guests of any standard and support for coaches who wish to develop and improve their skills. Full details are available on request.