Ten teams have signed up to compete in the Butterfield Racketball Festival at Beau Sejour, including one from the UK and two from Jersey.
The teams will play a round robin tournament over three days from 13 to 15 April with the top two progressing to the semi-final. The competition will be decided in nearly 60 games between more than 40 players. There are no separate competitions for juniors so Jeremy Taylor, Gareth Banton and Jack Tacon will test their skills against the adult competitors.
Butterfield staff member Mick Mahy organises the event and will also be competing.
“We have had a great response from players so this should be a fantastic weekend. Racketball is gaining in popularity on the island, especially amongst those who are already squash players. It is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and differs from the more traditional game of squash as it can provide longer rallies due to a larger, bouncier ball and shorter racket.”
“It is great that Butterfield has agreed to support the festival. Without the sponsorship the cost of the event would fall on the players which could hinder participation.”
Butterfield has a history of involvement with the local sports community and was very happy to support an initiative that an employee is heavily involved in.
“We endeavour to support and get involved with the interests of our staff outside of the office environment. It sounds like it’s going to be a really exciting competition and we wish all teams participating the best of luck” said John Robinson, Managing Director of Butterfield in Guernsey.