Get Inspired: How to get into Squash & Racketball

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Three-time world squash champion Nick Matthew gives us an insight into his life on the road as he challenges to stay at the top of his sport.
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Why get into squash?Squash and Racketball are fun sports which provide fantastic health benefits for people of all ages.
Who is it for?Anyone looking for a fun, sociable, indoor sport.
Is there a cheap option?Most clubs and centres have rackets and balls available to hire at a reasonable cost.
What if I want a proper workout?You'll get one! Squash provides an intense cardiovascular and muscular workout.
Can I take it to another level?If you want to play more competitively you can join a league or get involved in a local competition.
Is there a disability option?Variations are in development, and deaf squash has World, European and National championships.
Is there a family option?Squash and Racketball can be played by all ages and abilities, from junior to adult, you just need a racket, a ball and a wall.

Squash and Racketball are sociable sports, they can be played all year round and with thousands of courts across the country, it's easy to find somewhere to play.

The Big Hit website is the place to go to find out how to get started and where you can play in England. You can also find details of local clubs in Scotland, in Wales and in Northern Ireland.

Squash or Racketball?

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Squash is the more demanding of the two games, as racketball is played with a slightly larger racket and a bigger, bouncier ball, making it easier for two players to start a rally. If you have never picked up a racket before, or the old wooden racket is gathering dust at home, grab a friend and get on court. The rules for both sports are almost identical, and to put them simply, you hit a ball against a wall. Matches are the best of 3 or 5 games, with each game being first to eleven, by two clear points.

Getting Involved

Squash is suitable for all ages

Squash and racketball are highly sociable activities and with games lasting for as little as 30 minutes, hiring a court is an easy way of fitting exercise in during your lunch break. Most leisure centres let you pay and play without signing up for a membership, and courts cost around £5 per hour.

Mini Squash is the ideal introduction to squash for children.

Disability Squash

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Nick Matthew on his aim to get more children playing squash

The English Deaf Squash Association (EDSA) works to provide opportunities for deaf peoples of all ages, to play Squash from grass roots to national level and there are currently World, European and National Deaf squash championships. The sport continues to be developed in Scotland and Scottish Squash and Racketball are also developing disability squash for young people with disabilities.

Meanwhile, England Squash and Racketball are trying to increase opportunities for people with learning disabilities and mental health disorders to participate in both games.

Coaching and Volunteering

Coaches are vital to develop great players

Behind every great squash player is a great coach! Coaches in the UK range from those who work at elite level, to the UKCC Level 1 coaches who deliver Mini Squash sessions around the country. Whether you want more information about the types of qualification available, or you are looking to become a Licensed Coach, get in touch with your National Governing body in England,Wales,Scotland, and Ireland.Sport Coach UK can also steer you in the right direction.

Volunteers are the backbone of sport across England and are instrumental to both the infrastructure and delivery of squash and racketball at every level within the game. Get in touch with your local club to see if they have any volunteering opportunities. Join in UK,Volunteer Scotland and Volunteer Now in Northern Ireland can also help you find a club that needs your hands on attention.

What's next?

1. Go to our Activity Finder to get into squash and racketball near you.

2. Find a local club via the England Squash and Racketball,Scottish Squash and Racketball,Wales Squash and Racketball and Irish Squash websites.

3. Share your story and inspire others.

Are you inspired to try squash or racketball? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the activity by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired, visiting us on Facebook or email us on

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