Paignton Squash and Racketball Club –
Racketball Coaching and Exhibition Match by Tim Vail and Matt Baker
22nd May 2015, at Paignton Leisure Centre

Interest in the fast-growing sport of
racketball continues unabated at Paignton Squash and Racketball Club. Following
a very successful season in the
Devon Racketball Leagues – with Paignton Racketball 1st Team winning Division 1 and the newly formed 2nd team just missing out on
promotion with a 3rd place finish – the
first team captain, Andy Mitchell, arranged
an end-of-season coaching and exhibition match by Tim Vail and Matt Baker. Tim
Vail is the six-times British
racketball champion and Matt Baker has held
the British over-35’s title, along with British doubles titles.

Most of Paignton’s racketball players have
previously played squash in the Paignton internal leagues, and some have
represented the club in the Devon
Squash leagues, but are now playing mainly
racketball. In fact, since racketball began at Paignton three seasons ago, there
are now five internal racketball
leagues in the club – nearly as many as
there are squash leagues. Racketball is played on a squash court, with similar
rules, but using a slightly larger ball
and racket.

Following the evening’s
excellent coaching, Tim and Matt gave a superb exhibition of racketball tactics
and stroke-play, and showed why both of them are
ranked at the highest level. The evening
was finished off with a question and answer session, plus the presentation to
the racketball first team of the Devon
Mixed Racketball League Division One
winner’s plaque. Everyone left having learnt many new techniques and winning
strategies – and all
agreed that they had been privileged to
have had a visit from two top racketball coaches and

Tim Vail presents Paignton
Racketball first team with the Devon Mixed Racketball League Division One
winner’s plaque.

From left to right: Andy Williamson, Tim Vail, Andy Mitchell, Dave Hill, Bob Coates (plus Richie Birkett – not in photo)
Tim Vail and Matt Baker with Paignton
Squash and Racketball Club players and guests.
Article written by Keith Broome. Photo’s taken by Alan Ford.

Alan Ford (Chair) Paignton Squash & Racketball Club