Adaptive racketball for autistic young people

Blackheath Squash Club

Who are Blackheath Squash Club?

Blackheath Squash Club is a long established “not-for-profit” community squash club in South East London. We are always interested in working with local communities, groups and charities to help improve fitness, health and well-being and to encourage more people to become active.  We are a small Club, with two squash courts, based at Rectory Fields sports ground on Charlton Road.  More information about our Club can be found at www.blackheathsquashclub.com.

What is Adaptive Racketball?

Played on a squash court, Squash 57 is easy to pick up, great fun and provides a good workout. Racketball uses a bigger bouncier ball and a bigger racket than squash, meaning players have more time to reach the ball and it’s much easier to hit back. Whatever their level, players can enjoy longer rallies and more action on court.  Adaptive racketball amends the standard game to make it suitable for those with disabilities.   England Squash is the national sports body in the UK for racketball, which it recently renamed as Squash 57.  A video introduction to racketball can be downloaded here.  

England Squash says ‘the four rules for racketball for beginners are: 1 Pick up ball;  2 Hit ball against wall;  3 Have fun; 4 Repeat!’

What can Blackheath Squash Club offer?

Blackheath Squash Club would like to work with the National Autistic Society to develop adaptive racketball sessions for those with autism through our community engagement programme.  Our approach will include:

  • Taking a step by step approach to developing sessions through initial taster trials using feedback to tailor to attendees needs
  • Flexible and open approach to planning and running sessions to maximise benefits for attendees
  • Provision of all equipment including rackets, eye protection and balls
  • All sessions delivered by England Squash accredited coaches
  • Adapting the game of racketball to suit those with autism
  • Exclusive use of the Club building and facilities to provide a safe, secure and private environment
  • After school sessions for young people between 15 and 18 years old between 3.30 and 6pm

Benefits of adaptive racketball

  • Great fun!
  • Increased fitness
  • Social interaction
  • Improved hand/eye co-ordination
  • Improved balance, co-ordination and flexibility

This project has been made possible by an award from Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Please use the following form to register your interest and we’ll be in touch:

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