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Lauren makes a racket over sport

Coach: Lauren Selby, front left, and Mark Stephenson, of Lancashire Sport, are pictured with some of the racketball students

Coach: Lauren Selby, front left, and Mark Stephenson, of Lancashire Sport, are pictured with some of the racketball students

Female sports students in Preston were given a masterclass in the art of racketball last week by England’s top-ranked player.

Lauren Selby, who is also ranked No.41 in the world at squash, made the trip to Leyland Leisure Centre to offer tips and coaching advice to youngsters from Runshaw and Cardinal Newman Colleges.

For many of the students, it was the first time they had tried their hand at racketball, which is the fastest growing racket sport in the UK.

The sport is played on a squash court, with large tennis-style rackets and large balls.

Selby, who hails from Colchester, in Essex, made the trip to Lancashire to promote a new six-week coaching course being run at the centre for 16 students from both colleges. Eight female students from Preston College will also benefit from the course.

The coaching programme has been organised by squash and tennis coach John Gibson, whose ‘Sportivate bid’ secured £1,000 in funding from Sport England.

He will be coaching the students alongside Dave Scurlock.

Selby said: “I have been playing racketball seriously since I was a teenager and I am so grateful that I was introduced to such a fantastic sport.

“I am confident that once the girls step onto the court and get the bug for chasing that bouncy ball, they will never turn back. I am passionate about encouraging girls to get involved with sport and I think racketball is the ideal sport to do this.”

 

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