Winter League Handicap Racketball Doubles 2016 is now available to enter. The sign-up sheets are on squash court 5 notice boards.
league doubles is a handicapped doubles league played on Friday nights. Matches
start at 7pm or 7.20pm. It is a team event, the team consisting of 3 ladies and
3 men who play a ladies match, mixed match & men’s match. A team will
require a minimum of 4 players on an evening. All matches are handicapped so it is truly a
tournament for all standards.
date for entries is 4th September 2016.
first league fixture will be Friday 7th October 2016.
team is required to pay £9 for court fees on the night.
Sign up sheets are on the squash court 5 notice boards.
Concern has been expressed recently regarding the availability of Courts for both Tennis and Squash and Racketball particularly at peak times.......
will wish to know that there are ongoing discussions between the Board, Club
Committees, Management and the respective Coaching teams in this regard and which
have already resulted in improved control of bookings for Sheffield Hallam University
(SHU) and the Club’s teams.
The Club shares a vision with Sport England, the
LTA and England Squash to not only grow but also retain participation in
tennis, squash and racketball at all levels. The Board considers that the route
to achieving this vision is by continuing to provide enhanced facilities and
access to professional coaches thereby allowing the opportunity for any member of whatever playing ability to achieve
their full potential in their chosen sport.
Members will know that the Club’s facilities have
seen a substantial improvement over the last five years. These improvements have
been largely as a result of the Club’s success in obtaining Grants from England
Squash and Sport England. The Club has a
continuing obligation under the terms of these Grants to promote and encourage
participation in our sports particularly for children and ladies. The Academy
and Apex coaching teams are pivotal in delivering excellent and varied programmes
both for Members and the wider community which help the Club achieve compliance
with the terms of the Grants.
Clearly a balance between coaching
programmes and Members’ demands needs to be achieved. The Club currently has
over 2,100 members - this is not always going to be an easy task. As a
preliminary step the Board has agreed in principle to a 50:50 split of court
availability across the five weekday evenings between Members and Coaches’ pre-booked
blocked courts for courses. Similar
arrangements will be applied to weekend daytime tennis and squash courts. Court
bookings and utilisation will continue to be closely monitored and, if
appropriate, further options will be considered.
'Car Park' Pete
Unfortunately Pete was knocked off his motorbike by a car whilst riding home from work on Wednesday evening.
He is suffering from several breaks and fractures, but thankfully there doesn't appear to be any serious head injury. I know that members will want to join me in wishing him a speedy recovery and I will keep you informed of his progress. In the meantime we shall try to find a temporary replacement for a couple of months.
UK - Racketball Tournament 30th July 2016
The UK Racketball tournament is returning for its 2nd year to the Hallamshire.
It is important to
remember that UK-Racketball Series events are designed to be inclusive.
Although the A grade does attract the best racketball players in the country
the events really are for players of all ages and abilities. We have never had
a competitor who felt they were not good enough for an event when they took
A Grade – County, national or good club player B Grade – Regular club player Women’s – All ages and abilities, these events have a great range
of players which makes for a fun and competitive day. Over 40’s – For players over the age of 40 Over 50’s - For players over the age of 50 Over 60’s – For players over the age of 60 Beginner – This is for players who have recently started
racketball. Players who have previously played squash to a high level and have
now started playing racketball may be better off in the A or B grade. To
maintain a fun atmosphere for this grade, only trophies will be awarded to the
winners however there will also be a reduced entry fee of just £10.
If you are unsure which category to enter please feel free to contact Mark
Fuller directly on 07846067505 or email us at email@example.com and we
will be happy to advise you.
The Board wishes to announce that Nick Matthew OBE, 3 x World Squash Champion is now a Worldwide Ambassador for The Hallamshire Tennis & Squash Club. Hallamshire is the home of the Nick Matthew Squash Academy & Nick will be working closely with Neil Guirey, Director of Squash & Racketball, to support & grow the Squash programme throughout the club & beyond. The goal is to make Hallamshire the most successful Squash club in the UK & one of the most prominent in the World.
To celebrate this announcement there will be a night of Exhibition squash featuring Chris Simpson (WR24), Grg Loban (WR38) and Ladies World Champion Laura Massaro (WR1) on Friday 8th April starting at 7pm. Please contact reception for more information.
History Of Hallamshire
Our club was founded in 1885 & has from what we know a most interesting and rich history.
After a discussion at a recent board meeting & questions from members, one of the current board members - Neil Widdowson has agreed to collate a full history of the Club. It is intended that a section of the website will then be created for the history to be displayed.
I`m sure many of you have snippets of information & old photos we can use.
Can anybody with any history and interesting facts about the club - including more recent times, please email this to Neil directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Matthew Wins 8th National Squash Championship
At the National Squash Centre in Manchester, on a cold Valentines weekend, Nick Matthew became the 8 time National Champion.
Nick Matthew walks away with an 8th National Squash Title in a fantastic final between two of the best Brit's there are. Beating James Wilstrop 3-1 in 50 minutes, Nick the defending champion is solidifying his place as one, if not the greatest British Squash Player in history. Congratulations to Nick on this fantastic achievement.