As a section we have been planning for a restart but waiting for central government and England Squash to provide guidance on when and how this can happen. We have started a limited form of outside training, keeping to the government rules for small gatherings. Eric Wills and Ollie Hudson have started to organise these and we hope that they can expand in the next few weeks. Keep your eyes open for more information on this site, email and social media.
Thinking about the steps we need to take as we restart, it is possible that the first steps will be forms of managed training rather than jumping straight into competitive games. We are in the process of working out how best to do this, by managing the times of courts, having buffer time periods so that surfaces can be properly cleaned and looking to start with solo training and routines for 2 players.
With this new website we are able to show links and videos - and we are now adding some coaching videos that show how to train either solo or in pairs. Hopefully this will help you to start back in the best way possible. Do have a look at them here.
We will keep you up to date with any national announcements that are made for restarting squash and racketball. We all want to be back on court as soon as we can, but safely for more detail see the following link.
The wife of one of our members has recently been diagnosed with Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. They have joined the MacMillan Trust "bravetheshave" fund raiser, anybody wishing to support this cause can donate using the following link:
During the current lockdown the club has suffered from a group of youngsters who chose our club to gather for drinking and drug sessions.
Ollie Hudson decided to visit the club late in the evening and after hearing noise from one of the cricket score boxes, he rang the police. 6 police cars including a police dog attended in minutes and managed to capture 3 of the perpetrators. We hope this stops the problems they were causing.
Brilliant job Ollie and the Police. Tom Cruise has contacted us asking if he can play the part of Ollie in the film to be made soon.
During the close down, work has been carried out on the side walls of court 2 and 3, especially in the back corners where the walls were unstable after years of patching being carried out. This work now carries a 5 year guarantee which, after other work carried out in the last 2 years, should mean that very little maintenance will be required in the near future.
Now that restrictions have been relaxed we have started fitness training on the AstroTurf on Thursday evening, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. If you would like to join us please send an email to the 'members' email address. Please don't turn up without receiving an invitation as we have to control the numbers to groups of 6.