For nearly 25 years, under the watchful eyes of Mark Briers, Rackets Professional, and Karl Cook, Master in Charge, rackets has occupied a special place near the heart of College sport. Situated in the pavilion, the rackets court is open every day until 9.30pm. As a sport played in 15 of the country's most prestigious public schools, it teaches pupils (who play it alongside their major team games) to both move and watch a ball: with speeds in excess of 100mph, each shot can be likened to teeing off down the fairway; for cricketers, it's their winter nets. In short, it is a game not to be missed.
The College court was opened 30 years ago. Since 1988, we have climbed our way to be one of the top schools in the country. We have won the Foster Cup, The Public Schools Doubles, The Faber Cup and both U18 and U16 Trophies in the girls' competitions. Our girls are currently National Doubles Champions. Internally, we have Lower College and Open Singles competitions for both boys and girls as well as an annual House Doubles Competition for both boys and girls.
Further afield, College has an excellent relationship with the North American Rackets Association and as a College, we have taken squads of 6-8 players on a number of tours and a very healthy number of players have gone on to win a ‘Fellowship' (work placement) at these North American clubs during their gap year. Encouragingly, OC Rackets has developed strongly, where 4 Old Cheltonians are placed in the world top 15; our top OC is, of course, the World Champion, Jamie Stout
, who has been top of the tree for nearly 10 years.
Boys and girls are encouraged to give it a go from their very first few weeks at College, and once hooked, will find a wealth of opportunities opening up for them.
Often, just one hit is all it takes!