Squash at Southdown
The Squash Section at The Southdown Sports Club are dreaming big. Everything is in place for The Southdown Squash Club to become not only one of the best clubs in the county but also to make an impression on a larger scale. We have a fantastic Club Manager, ever expanding facilities and a growing and impassioned team working hard behind the scenes. There are no limits being placed on what we can achieve here and I’m certainly dreaming of big things for this club.
On court, we had a further boy and two girls selected for the Sussex County Squads this year, taking our totals to four boys and three girls. We also had one of our girls selected for the South East Regional team and one of our boys was a National Finalist in 2014 as Sussex U15’s came 2nd at the Inter-Counties Finals.
We’re looking to keep building on these early successes with a raft of younger players now playing and enjoying the game at the club, with around fifty juniors attending our club. This participation is spilling over into the competitive side of the club too, as we’re preparing to enter six Junior Teams into the Sussex Junior Leagues for the 2015/2016 season, which will be the joint highest in Sussex.
All of which are promising signs as The Southdown Sports Club seeks to become a Centre of Junior Excellence for Squash.
It’s also been a good year for senior squash at the club, with The Men’s First Team going unbeaten the whole season in the Sussex League as they stormed to the Division 2 Title. There will also be an additional senior team competing in the Sussex League, which is another promising sign.
The ambitions and grand plans are not limited to happenings on the court though, with the club seeking to improve and expand facilities. Our Focus Group have already had some initial ideas drawn up and are confident of bringing a glass back squash court to the club, in addition to revamping and rejuvenating the entire squash court area. This website and it’s social media outlets are further evidence of a club on the up and always looking for ways to move forwards. Further afield, impetus is gathering anew for Squash to be included in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
For me personally, it’s also been a great year to coach so many successful and hard working juniors and to have also had the opportunity to work with the County and Elite Squads, as well as take up a role with Sussex Squash and Racketball. 2015 also saw the launch of The Squash Company, an online body of videos and materials for players and coaches everywhere.
This is only the beginning of what will be an amazing journey not only for The Southdown Sports Club but for squash as well. I invite you to join us on this journey.
Head Squash Coach, The Southdown Sports Club