UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope

UK Racketlon are proud to announce a brand new competition a little closer to home, with the introduction of the 2017 UK Racketlon Super Series.
 
Spearheaded by UK Tour Officer Jack Bishop alongside Duncan Stahl and Luke Barnes, the trio have spent the off season developing the new competition and brand, which will sit alongside the existing UK Tour structure. The ‘Super Series’ will be a Tour Race based event, where for the inaugural 2017 edition, players will accumulate points over 4 ‘Super Series’ Tournaments:

 

1.       London Open – Sunday 9th April - (The Parklangley Club, Beckenham) - RESULTS - REPORT

2.       British Championships – Sat 24th & Sun 25th June – (Nottingham University)
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3.       Manchester Open – Sunday 23rd July – (The Northern Club, Manchester)

4.       Welsh Open – Sat 5th & Sun 6th August – (David Lloyd, Cardiff)

 
The four tournaments have been strategically chosen to be accessible to the vast majority of the UK Racketlon Community, at venues with high class facilities and the capacity to host at least 60 players per event. These include the iconic and well established UK Racketlon venues, The Northern Club and David Lloyd Cardiff, who have hosted multiple previous World Tour events. It is also incredibly exciting to include two new venues to the UK Racketlon scene, The Parklangley Club and the newly built David Ross Sports Village at Nottingham University.

 
The prizes at stake are the five ‘Super Series’ titles up for grabs, providing players of all standards the chance for glory:

 
-          Men’s Super Series  - Points accumulated from Men’s open category events (Grades A, B, C, D & E)

 
-          Women’s Super Series - Points accumulated from Women’s open category events (Grades A & B)
 

-          Masters Super Series - Points accumulated from Men’s Vets category events (Grades 45+ and above)
 

-          Futures Super Series  - Points accumulated from Junior category events (Grades U16s and below)
 

-          Men’s Challenger Super Series* - Points accumulated from all Men’s open category events (Grades A, B, C, D & E)

*Only players ranked outside the UK Top 30 on 1st March 2017 are eligible for Men’s Challenger title

 
We turned to the man behind this plan, Jack Bishop, to find out why he thinks the Super Series is a crucial development for UK Racketlon.  

“My vision is to showcase the depth and quality our sport has to offer, to inspire the next wave of Rackletlon players but also reward loyalty to our current crop. With the advent of the Super Series brand, I am extremely excited, rewarding regular players, encouraging new ones but also showcasing the pinnacle of our sport on a more regular basis beyond just at the British Champs and English Open. The goal is to strive towards an offering which will encourage investment and recognition in our sport, which will enable us to grow.”