Get Inspired: How to get into Squash & Squash 57
|Why get into squash?||Squash and squash 57 are fun sports that 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 racquets 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 can be played by all ages and abilities, from junior to adult, you just need a racket, a ball and a wall.|
|So how do I take part?||Go to our Activity Finder to get into squash near you.|
Squash and squash 57 (aka racketball) are sociable sports that can be played all year round, and with thousands of courts across the country, it's easy to find somewhere to play.
Aspire to be like: Lance Kinder
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Squash and squash 57
Squash 57 (formerly racketball, but rebranded by the World Squash Federation in 2015) is played with a slightly larger racket and a bigger, bouncier ball, making it easier for two players to start a rally - but it still shares rules with squash.
The rules for both sports are almost identical, and can be found here.
They both provide an intense workout - the court is only small, but the constant changing of direction and long rallies (if you're good enough!) mean you'll certainly feel the effects.
Squash and squash 57 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 lunchbreak.
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.
The English Deaf Squash Association works to provide opportunities for deaf peoples of all ages, to play squash from grassroots 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 is also developing disability squash for young people with disabilities.
Meanwhile, England Squash is trying to increase opportunities for people with learning disabilities and mental health disorders to participate in both sports.
Coaching and volunteering
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.
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