The Petchey Academy has revolutionised the school break after becoming the first school in London, and only the second in the country to install a PATTBALL court.
PATTBALL has been around for decades but it has never been played as an official sport. Similar to the traditionally public school sport Fives, Pattball players use their hands to strike the ball against a wall via a bounce. The object of the game is to hit the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to return the shot legally.
The Pattball brand has been created to standardise the game and make it competitive. Founder Moynul Ahmed, also known as @MisterPATTBALL, has high aspirations for the game and intends to make it an Olympic Sport in the future.
He said: “The call for Pattball to be an official sport has been around for some time now but every sport needs it own identity – and this primarily comes from the court. We have designed a dedicated court for Pattball and wish to take this format to the masses.
Pattball is certainly cool street game. It is also universal in that it can be played by anyone, anywhere. The new look for Pattball is a dream come true and definitely lives up to the vision I had for the sport everyone played as a kid.”
John Larter MBE, who spent 34 years as a teacher in 5 Hackney Schools and works as a Sports Development Officer with the Hackney Learning Trust praised the revolutionising of the aged-old game.
“It’s the oldest sport in the world – hitting a ball against a wall, but the new look makes the game much more official, and attractive to play.”
13 year old Sofia McCook, in Year 8 at the Petchey Academy said, “It’s more difficult with the official lines and court, but that makes it more exciting! The game is really popular and because its quite fast, you don’t have to wait around for ages before its your turn to play!”
By HARRY SHEPHERD | 2 July 2014