The first article in our Focus on Facilities blog series is from our Head Squash Coach Steve Townsend, who tells us all about the world-class facilities needed to excel in squash.
The new squash season is upon us, and having access to the best quality facilities is key to ensuring your game is enjoyable, as well as supporting your performance.
Squash is booming in and around the West Midlands and the opening of our brand new sports hub in Spring next year makes it a fantastically exciting time. And our new courts will arguably be the very best in the region.
I'm sure you have all seen the specifications already, but let me run you through some of them and how they will transform squash at the University of Warwick.
Squash facility specifications
- Our new sports hub will have six, state-of-art, glass-backed courts, so in terms of visibility and spectating they will be fantastic, with space for spectators on the show courts - 40 seated and 50 standing. Plus an area with wheelchair bays.
- The glass backs will come with great benefits to coaching too, no longer will the coaches have to watch from the balcony above and run up and down the stairs to get a point across – which is quite old school!
- The courts sit right at the heart of the centre and are really visible. The experience playing on them will be really enhanced by the fantastic lighting and open airy feel, so will be a joy to compete on.
- Our adjustable height tins will enable players to choose how they play, making them perfect for all ages and abilities. They will go from 19 inch, which is what most people play on, to 17 inch for professional level – so to explain if you’re not a squash expert, the lower the tin, the harder it is to maintain a rally, hence it can be lowered for the pros.
- You might have read about the moveable sidewalls we will have too? Now, this might not mean a lot to the average player, but it will help us to facilitate elite level doubles play.
We’ve already had interest from TEAM ENGLAND about using us a base before and perhaps during the Commonwealth Games 2022!
Our new facility will also play host to Premier Squash League (PSL) fixtures, with the University of Warwick and Kenilworth Squash team set to play some of their home games here, splitting their time with the facility in Kenilworth.
PSL is the highest level of play and that will mean some of the leading talents in the sport will be playing right here at our new hub.
Our team counts world number two Ali Farag, number 22 Raphael Kandra and women’s world number eight Sarah-Jane Perry in their ranks – with Sarah-Jane actually an alumni of the University of Warwick, Kenilworth member, and local legend!
There are some top-class facilities in the region but without doubt, these courts will be right up there with best we have in the area.
The new Sport and Wellness Hub will attract elite level players from around the globe, host major National and International events and will only serve to reinforce the wider West Midlands region as a hotbed of squash in the UK.