William Hazlitt described the game of Fives as the best court game in the World in 1820. Fifty years later a master at Eton claimed their version of Fives was the most valuable contribution ever made by the school to the wellbeing of mankind!
Fives is a handball game played in an idiosyncratic court with various ledges and buttresses mimicking the walls of the Eton chapel where the game originated. It’s a game that requires great skill and reflexes and we’re lucky to get the opportunity to play on a weekly basis at Cranleigh School’s six courts.
Fives is a game that has captured the interest and enthusiasm of a number of notable celebrities both past and present including six former England cricket captains and the author Roald Dahl.
A number of school fixtures are played in the Michaelmas and Lent terms culminating in the Nationals and the Prep Schools’ Championship which take place at the end of the Lent term. Anyone interested in playing Fives should see Mr Mark Halstead, Master in Charge of Fives.