For a fun sport which caters for social and competitive players of all ages and fitness levels, it’s hard to look past the sport of squash. Whether you’re a first timer or keen to get back into the sport, Waikato offers a host of squash club and options.
Find a club near you
There are more than 25 clubs in Waikato. All have showers, upstairs clubrooms to socialise or purchase affordable refreshments and each have club activities/programmes.
If you become a member, you gain 24 hour access to the club all year around. Squash is very affordable and one of the cheaper sports you can play. Check out the Squash Waikato website (squashwaikato.co.nz) to find the most suitable club for you.
Club programmes/club nights
Now is the perfect time to get involved, with most clubs offering a junior and senior club session starting in term two, and many also offer coaching too. This is a good time to give the sport a go as you can have a hit with others who are new like you, or with someone around your own level.
A friendly club member is likely to show you some tips on the night. Often you can attend three club sessions for free to see if you like it and there’s usually a racquet you can borrow. Many clubs also hold a social business house series which anyone can enter.
‘Pay to Play’ for non-members
Want to play at a time that suits you – on your own or with a friend? Check out the ‘pay to play’ website options and pay a casual rate online at one of the participating clubs. Or if you know a member, play at most clubs for as little as $5 a time.
Adult Squash Start Coaching course – 6 weeks
Sign up for an Adult Squash Start Coaching course in Hamilton or Cambridge through Squash Waikato and learn the basics from a professional coach. It’s affordable and a great way to meet others who are keen to learn at a beginner’s level.
You could grab your partner, workmates or friends and sign up together. There are 4-6 per group and equipment is provided. Check out the website squashwaikato.co.nz for more information.
Secondary school students
Students wanting to give squash a go can join their local club’s junior night or their school squash team and play in the Waikato Secondary School Teams event in June.
All students can get a Secondary School grade for just $15 which allows them to enter all Squash Waikato tournaments.
This way they can see if they like the game before committing to a club’s annual membership.
A very popular tournament is the Werder Racquets Junior 1 Day Series, which is for beginner players.
There are eight to choose from which are held around Waikato each year. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, contact Glenda Knox, Squash Waikato development officer at email@example.com