Regent Racquets Club is a new squash
and racketball club opening in September at Fort Regent for all
levels from complete beginners through to improvers, intermediate
and elite players for both juniors and adults.
Resident coach Mike Hopkins came in
to tell us more about this new club and why you should be
The new club is opening in
September, tell us about it?
The idea for Regent Racquets Club came about after
players I was coaching suggested it. They wanted a friendly and
welcoming club open to all level of players where they could get
together for regular leagues, tournaments, coaching and socials and
have fun based at Fort Regent. We decided the best way to encompass
all of this that the best way was to set up a club using Fort
Regent squash courts.
So what kind of experience
do you need?
Absolutely none. Even if you have never
picked up a racket before we encourage you to come and have a try
at one of our coaching sessions. We put players together in groups
of the right ability so you will never feel out of your depth, and
we buddy people up so that you get to know your fellow players and
build up a relationship with them really quickly.
What about if you are
already an experience player, do you have players at all
levels?Yes, we certainly do - there really is a
level for everyone here.
And what about starting
We take children from the age of 3, if the child
wants to play. It's never too early. Junior group coaching
age is from 3 to 16 years.
So it's an activity for the
Yes! And that is why we have a family membership
So Mike what is
Well, it's very similar to squash in some ways as
it's played on a squash court but it has some important differences
which can make it a more accessible game than the more fast paced
squash. The racket is shorter, but the head is larger, and
it's played with a larger bouncier ball, which means the game is
Does that make it easier to
It's still a challenge but, yes, essentially as
the game is not quite as quick, it is easier to play - it's easier
to get rallies going, which a lot of people find really
enjoyable. People who may be retiring from squash, or those
who may have physical injuries or reduced mobility, ie knee
injuries, find this an easier and gentler way to continue to play
squash, although many people who play have never played squash
What are the benefits of
playing squash and racketball?
It is a great way to get fit, burn calories and
alleviate stress. Squash burns on average 500 calories in 30
minutes. You are also improving hand eye co-ordination, agility and
balance. With the stop sprint movements you are having an intense
cardio vascular work out using both upper and lower muscles, which
boosts stamina and endurance. And it is a great stress buster and
lots of fun too.
Is it a big
commitment? Do I have to come every week?
No, not at all. We understand people have busy
lives and we have created our club to make it possible for people
to play at the level and commitment that's right for them. We
will have regular Team Leagues, Summer Leagues, various
tournaments, mens only, ladies only, age groups, juniors, doubles,
club night - you name it we will have it!
What can people expect if
they join the club?
First and foremost a group of really friendly and
welcoming players. The club is new but already has a
fantastic group of players who are really keen to welcome new
members of all ages and abilities. It will be fun with socials
Do you need to be a member
or can you just turn up and play?
If you just want to see if you like it then you
can come along and give it a go at one of our group coaching
sessions or at a club night. The annual Regent Racquets Club
membership is £60 a year for non-Active members and £50 for Active
members with also the option of a family, student and junior
membership. There are then membership discounts on coaching,
tournaments and league entries.
I'm interested what do I do
You can call on 07700 714333 for an informal chat
or email the membership secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org We have a
website for further information at www.regentracquetsclub.com. You can also find
us on Facebook and Twitter https://twitter.com/regentracquets
Membership forms are available from
the website and Fort Regent