As one of the oldest rackets clubs in the world, we are celebrating our 140th year looking to the future with a number of ambitious improvements to our facilities. Along with a complete clubhouse refurbishment and tennis court renovations which included the addition of 6 more tournament standard artificial clay surfaces to its show courts; a brand new competition standard glass-backed Squash court has been built and is open for business, increasing the racket facilities to 18 tennis & 3 squash courts.
Generally better known for its world ranked tennis members, squash at the club has seen a meteoric rise in recent years and amongst its growing membership boasts the current county champion and Club Coach Luke Parker and rising star of the world game, George Parker (WR 52).
To mark the official opening of the new squash court, a squash exhibition was held on the 29th of September. The exhibition celebrated squash with a number of matches, which included a light-hearted game between a top national junior and the current county champion. The main attraction however, was a serious [but not too serious since they are pals] contest between world squash goliaths – the Clubs own George Parker (WR52) and Declan James (WR23). Both young English players have started the 2018 season with a bang, with George Parker (22) being runner-up in the European Individual Championships in Austria, beating a top 30 ranked player for the first time on route to the final, and Declan James (25) already winning a professional title in Nantes, overcoming former world number 1 James Willstrop for the title. With both players in such superb form, the exhibition promises to be a memorable way to mark the opening of the new exhibition squash court and set the scene for the future of squash at the Club. In keeping with the Clubs relaxed and friendly atmosphere, players joined in an informal Q&A following the matches, with food and drink served from the newly refurbished fully licenced bar.