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HERITAGE CLUBS OF CALCUTTA – The Calcutta Racket Club

The Calcutta Racket Club

Situated at 95, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, the Calcutta Racket Club is a squash and racket club in Calcutta. It was founded in 1793 by the East India Company, making it one of the oldest rackets clubs in the world, and the first in the subcontinent. In fact, it even predates the Harrow School courts by more than 70 years. Originally it was named as the Fives club, but that name changed in the early 1800s, when the English built a rackets court in it. So it is evident that, it has been a racket sports club for more than 200 years. It boasts seven squash courts of which two are glass-backed international standard tournament courts, equipped with a large spectator gallery. One of the other older courts has a unique sidewall standing viewing gallery, and the walls of the courts are approximately 90 cm thick. The club has a fully equipped gymnasium for the fitness freak members. The membership strength is around 550, out of which about 150 members are active squash players. However, the number of the Lady member is far below than their male counterparts.

The Calcutta Racket Club
The Calcutta Racket Club

The Club is the proud administrative headquarters of The West Bengal Squash Racket Association, and  is affiliated to the Squash Racket Federation of India. It is the first club to host the International Squash Championship in 1990.  It has also hosted the Kolkata International, an international squash tournament in 2005 and hosts all major squash activities and training in eastern India.

Another important and unique feature of the Club is to impart training to a big bunch of kids by the professional trainers. The Calcutta Racket Club is perhaps the only famous club that gives memberships to children only and in their names.

The Calcutta Racket Club - A Court
The Calcutta Racket Club – A Court
The Calcutta Racket Club - Part of Garden
The Calcutta Racket Club – Part of Garden
The Calcutta Racket Club - Another Part of Garden
The Calcutta Racket Club – Another Part of Garden
Dibyendu Banerjee
Dibyendu Banerjee
Ex student of Scottish Church College. Served a Nationalised Bank for nearly 35 years. Authored novels in Bengali. Translated into Bengali novels/short stories of Leo Tolstoy, Eric Maria Remarque, D.H.Lawrence, Harold Robbins, Guy de Maupassant, Somerset Maugham and others. Also compiled collections of short stories from Africa and Third World. Interested in literature, history, music, sports and international films.

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