Nottingham to host UK Racketlon 2017 Tour opener

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The 2017 UK Racketlon Tour begins in Nottingham on Saturday 11 February at the Lee Westwood Sports Centre on Nottingham Trent’s Clifton Campus.

Racketlon, a fast growing sport across the UK, sees a player compete against their opponent in four sports; table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis. Each sport is played to 21 and the winner is determined by the player with the most cumulative points.

President of Nottingham Racketlon, Jon Spinks, said:

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“We were delighted to be asked by UK Racketlon to kick-start the season for the second year in a row after the success of the event last year.”

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“We hosted two tournaments last year but are taking on an even bigger challenge in 2017. This year Nottingham will also host the British Championships in June, which we are very excited about.”

Nottingham has established itself as a core hub for British Racketlon and is currently the only club in the UK to offer weekly training sessions for players. These sessions take place on Sunday mornings at the David Ross Sports Village at the University of Nottingham.

Last year Nottingham boasted the joint-largest quantity of teams at the County Championships with and this year looking to add an additional fourth team to its cohort.

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What started out as a handful of University students in late 2014 has grown and the upcoming tournament will see over half of the 58 competitors either from or based in Nottingham and the surrounding areas.

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The tournament is being organised by two ex-University of Nottingham students, Sam Barker and Jon Spinks. 2016 elite champions Dan Busby and Lauren Whiteman will also be back to try and defend their titles. Since their last visit to Nottingham both have risen inside the top 20 in the world rankings.

The tournament begins at 9am on Saturday 11 February at the Lee Westwood Sports Centre. For further information about the event and UK Racketlon please visit http://www.racketlon.co.uk/

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