UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope
UK RACKETLON NEWSLETTER
December 2009

2009 World Championships - The end of an era

See the Full News Article on englishracketlon.org which details all medal winners. Congratulations to Richard Whitehouse, David Lazarus, Andrew Hogg, David Jones, Alexander Oliver and Steve Thomson. Also congratulations to Jermaine Manners, Steve Kneller and Maureen Thompson for their podium finishes in the World Tour Race.

2009 England Team in Germany
The 2009 Racketlon Tour culminated in the World Championships, see above, which looks to be the farewell for racketlon stalwarts Doug Struthers & John O'Donnell.
Doug Struthers - TT Improvement
Doug Struthers started off as a beginner at table tennis, but now can compete with the best in the world (of racketlon).
The crowd looking on at the Intersport World Championships
 
England lost to Finland, who lost to Poland
 
TotallySporty.Com English Championships

www.totallysporty.com is a new strategic partner of English Racketlon. The site provides members with the ability to find a local sports partner, ideal if you are looking for someone to train with for the next Racketlon event. Totally Sporty also contains the most comprehensive and up-to-date database of sport clubs and venues in London, including table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis. Registration is free of charge.

Entry is open online for the tournament on 23rd/24th January. See Tournament Entry for further details.


English Racketlon Association License

English Racketlon Association 2010 License

Pls see the below summary of the 2010 English Racketlon Association License

  • Improve racketlon in England
  • Fund the English Racketlon Association
  • Raise standards
  • Improve communication at all levels
  • Increase playing opportunities.
  • Provide value for money for all

Summary of Benefits

  • English Racketlon membership card
  • Participation in British Racketlon Tour
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Ranking scheme
  • English Racketlon Shop (member discounts).
  • Online tournament entry
  • Inclusion in ERA database

Cost summary

  • £20 for the 2010 annual license (members) or £5 for a temporary license valid for one tournament only (non members).
  • The fee will reduce to £10 on July 1st.
  • If members wish to consolidate their temporary licenses and upgrade to an annual license there will be a £5 premium. EG 3 temporary licenses, upgrade to annual - £10 payable.

 

British Tour Review

Full story on englishracketlon.org

As we approach the year end it’s time to review the highlights of this year.  Let’s start with a few basic facts: 13 events with 4 events included as part of the World Tour. This year 46 ladies entered an event along with 286 men.

New venues have established themselves on the tour at Letchworth and Welwyn Garden City.  Along with Redbridge we now have a number of venues in England that are possible venues for large World tournaments. The real drive for 2010 needs to be for more volunteers and venues in the North, however overall the progress is evident with more events and more players.

Jermaine Manners has deservedly ended the year at number 1 with consistently strong performances.  New faces in Class A have emerged in Alex Hartley, Carl Jennings, Jason Granville, James Treweek and more recently Ed Batson. Class A fields are now very strong and even to win one match is hard work! Christoph Krenn was crowned world champion last weekend and since he was a beginner at table tennis, badminton and squash 5 years ago, this shows us all what can be done with a bit of practice.

Turning to the Ladies Jane Cook has captured the number 1 position on the latest rankings.  She has joined Natalie Lawrence on the world stage and even chose to compete in Mens Class B as preparation for the World Championships rather than try to win the British Championships recently.  This has led to Gemma Sgariglia entering and winning both events she has entered this year.  It will be interesting next year to see how Gemma progresses. Sarah Lochrie is another one to watch out for.

Finally a great deal of thanks must go to all those people that help behind the scene and on the day at events.  In no particular order and extending this to all helpers: Dominique Ford, Keith Lesser, Richard Lawrence, Gary Tovey, Ray Jordan, Niranjan Shimoga, Rakesh Gupta, Stuart Foster, David Lazarus, Daniell Gillett, Jane Cook, Dianne Baker, Fiona Sime, Stuart Hobden, Andrew Hopwood, Paul Mantovani, John Garland, Mick Strode, Duncan Marlow and Brendan Carroll.  Without these people the events would not occur.

Thanks in particular to head of events (Dominique Ford), treasurer (Keith Lesser), rankings officer (Stuart Hobden), marketing, communications & development (Gary Tovey), head of IT (Richard Lawrence) and FIR rep Ray Jordan.

Here’s to a Merry Xmas and plenty of practice before the 2010 English Championships in January.

Tour Dates

Following the TotallySport.com English Championships in January, the rest of the British Racketlon season is shaping up nicely. The main event is of course the English Open World Tour Event to be held on 21-23 August which will attract the best of the UK and World ranking players as well as appealing to all other standards. The Scottish Open World Tour Event will again be held in September, the British Championships is set for May at Gosling, Welwyn Garden City and the Welsh Open in Cardiff returns for the second time in July so ensure you put these dates in your diary!

Regional events are already confirmed for Hampshire (Feb), Essex (Apr), Hertfordshire (Apr), and Nottingham (June). Further events in Sussex, Suffolk and Cambridge are also pending confirmation as well as possible venues in Bristol, Surrey and West Midlands.

Following this years successful Team Championships at Letchworth, Kent will return next September to defend their title.

Keep checking the ERA website 'events' section for new tour date confirmations. A list of locations being investigated appears on the ERA website. If you are aware of a venue that might suit a racketlon tournament please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with relevant details.

Other News Stories

Welsh Language TV Feature

Tournament Entry Instructions

Chapel Allerton Racketlon

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Official Website of the International Racketlon Federation:
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Internet Home of International Racketlon since 2001:
http://www.racketlon.com

Official Homepage of the British Racketlon Federation:
http://www.racketlon.co.uk

Official Homepage of the English Racketlon Association:
http://www.englishracketlon.org

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