UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope

2014 World Championships Launched!

Surrey Sports Park

21st - 24th August 2014

www.racketlon.co.uk/wc2014/

 

 

Welcome

Welcome to this special newsletter dedicated to the 14th Racketlon World Championships, to be held at the Surrey Sports Park in August 2014.  For the first time, the UK will be the venue for the worlds biggest celebration of racket sports. Obviously a key question to be answered is:

 

Who is the best racket sports player in the world?

 

However, unique to Racketlon is that our World Championships are open to all, from the best in the world to the complete beginner.

 

This is everyone’s World Championship, your World Championships, all you have to do is enter!

 


 

Bar, maybe the Modern Pentathlon, no other sport forces a player to undertake different sports with very different skill sets.  From the agility of squash to the finesse of table tennis, the speed of badminton to the power of tennis, the tactics, shots, movements and skills are so very different despite the shared similarity of a racket.  Watching the very best in the world such as Jesper Ratzer and Natalie Zeoli (reigning singles world champions) display these ranging skills with such talent and seeming ease is a sight to behold, but the tenacious battling in the other classes with the match ups of strengths and weaknesses as players face opponents with such varied skills sets, highlights how adaptability becomes crucial.

 

The timings for the 2014 World Championships, will ensure that all players will be able to compete in their classes and also have time to witness the finals, both of their class and the elite finals.  Combined with an onsite Athletes Village, players dinner and world class facilities at the Surrey Sports Park, we are aiming to make the 2014 Racketlon World Championships, the greatest event Racketlon has ever seen.

 

All that is missing, is you.

 

The 2014 World Championships organising committee, are unable to stress this enough, whilst the ability of the worlds best Racketlon players, and the crowning of the elite World Champions will be the pinnacle of the weekend, this event will be nothing without those players who make Racketlon what it is.  No other sport has such close ties between the best in the world and its grass roots, and without those roots (such as this author! - Ed) this event would be nothing more than a regular tour event.  We need you, we need your passion, we need your energy, we need your ability to take a 21-0 table tennis defeat in good nature knowing that squash is to come (that’s the author again - Ed) to make these World Championships what we want them to be, a celebration of racket sports and the perfect promotion of our sport, Racketlon.

 

Whether you have played events across the UK, Europe or on other continents, or whether you have only just heard of Racketlon, there is a category for you, a chance for you to compete, but perhaps more importantly, experience playing a World Championships.

 

This newsletter contains all the information you should need to get started in entering the 2014 Racketlon World Championships, but please do no hesitate to contact the organising committee if you have any questions.

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

 


Venue

The Surrey Sports Park constructed as a training venue for athletes preparing for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympics.  Opened in April 2010, it hosts a 50m Olympic standard swimming pool, three multi-sport halls, a squash centre, 700 square metres of fitness facilities, outdoor and indoor tennis courts, as well as football pitches, real tennis courts and a climbing centre.  To get a sneak preview of the venue then take his virtual tour.

 


Entry

Entry is online through FIR Tournament Software here. The Tournament Entry Deadline is Thurs 7th August. However, we have a maximum of 550 players, so entry may close early if this number is reached. PLEASE ENTER EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

 

A few conditions of entry exist for the World Championships, these are:


- The Men’s E class is only for players without a current world ranking. It is perfect for beginners wanting to experience Racketlon for the first time

- Juniors may play in 1 banded category and 1 under-age category OR 2 junior categories

- Ladies may play in 1 banded category and 1 over-age category OR 2 age categories

- Men playing in an over-age category cannot also play in a banded category (A-E).

- Men playing in 2 over-age categories may only play in categories next to each other, such as O45 and O50, or O60 and O65. They cannot for example, play in O45 and O55.

- All players may enter a maximum of 2 categories

You will have to register for Tournament Software. Details on how to do this can be found here.  Please note if you had an account on Results Reporter you must use the instructions to transfer this account to Tournament Software.  The FIR announced that any players not using their existing accounts will be fined.

 


 

Accommodation

The Athlete’s Village at the Racketlon World Championships 2014 is set to be a great experience for all players, either on their own or in a group, with a fantastic social atmosphere, very comfortable facilities with each player getting their own private room and bathroom. Whilst being only 5 mins from the Sports Centre!

If there are groups of players, or families, who all want share the same apartment (each apartment has either 5,6,7 or 8 separate, private rooms) then let us know and we can book this for you.


There is also a large kitchen that is shared between rooms which includes a large fridge, freezer, cooker, hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, iron and board. 
Each player gets their own private room with key card (only one person per room), with single bed, en-suite bathroom and free internet (see pic below). Rooms will be cleaned, fresh sheets and towels provided for every day of your stay.

Situated in Surrey Sports Park are these high quality blocks of self-catering accommodation. There is a cafe and bar in the Village serving food and drinks and a large supermarket only 5 mins walk away.

Further information can be found on the World Championships website accommodation page.

 

 


Racket Makers

 

The Racketlon World Championships is set to be one of the biggest celebrations of Racket Sports the UK has ever seen – but to make this happen we need your help!

 

We are looking to build an army of 100 “Racket Makers” for this event which we need to fill all sorts of roles: Court station managers, Referees, Line judges, Player liaison, Drivers, VIP hosts, ball boys and ball girls, IT support, Announcers, Media & PR...+ many more.

 

If you or any friends or family are able to help (nb you can play and be a “Racket Maker”), then please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  It will be a great experience for everyone involved to be a part of an international sporting event and vital to the success of the 2014 World Championships.  

 

 



Meet the Team

The World Championships will not just happen by themselves, and no Racketlon event in the UK has ever had such a diverse.  The full "dream team" for the World Championships can be viewed here, however the key contacts for the event, if you have any questions are:

Duncan Stahl - Tournament Chairman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keith Lesser - Tournament Director - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All media related enquires should be directed to:

Ray Jordan - Media Manager - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Any questions regarding volunteering please send to:

Leone McKinley - Chief Racket Maker - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 



Donations

In the lead up to the World Championships we are setting up 8 Racketlon Centres across London and Surrey where young people can come and play Racketlon for 1-2 hours and only pay £1. They will get coaching and encouragement with the best players getting the chance to enter (for free) the Racketlon World Championships at Surrey Sports Park.


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