The Squash Club
Fakenham Squash Club has approximately 120 members (August 2017).
We have two ‘Banbury’ courts with a small viewing gallery, which are well-lit, heated in winter, and maintained to a good standard.
Courts are normally available for 45 minute sessions every day from 9.15 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. The exceptions are on days when race meetings are held, when courts are not available until 6.00 p.m., and when club events are taking place (club nights, matches, junior sessions etc). The Sports Centre is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day, and closes early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve .
The club has a qualified Level 2 coach and two qualified Level 1 coaches. It runs weekly club nights on a Thursday evening, fun competitions, junior squash sessions on a Saturday morning, and it also runs teams in the Norfolk winter and summer inter-club leagues, As well as a team in the Norfolk racketball league. It also has a professional practice machine – the Squash Cannon – believed to be only one of two in the country. See separate sections for more information on all of these.
Subscriptions & Fees
|SUBSCRIPTIONS (1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018)|
|Senior (Pro – rata) February 2018||£25.00|
|Juniors (including full-time students)||£10.50|
|Juniors under 16||£2.00|
|COURT FEES (45 minutes approx)Please note: Membership cards must be produced when paying for courts|
|Members (Any day before 5.00 p.m. & Weekends)||£7.00|
|Members (Any day 5.00 p.m. and after)||£7.70|
|Non-members (Any day before 5.00 p.m. & Weekends)||£9.50|
|Non-members (Any day 5.00 p.m. and after)||£10.50|
|Member & Non-member (Any day before 5.00 p.m.& Weekends)||£8.00|
|Member & Non-member (Any day 5.00 p.m. and after)||£9.50|
|Club Night (Thursdays 7.00 p.m. – times may vary watch notices)||£4.00|
|Balls for sale||£3.20|
Squash open evenings are run every Thursday, 7 pm until 10pm, cost is £4 per person.
Open to anyone age 16 or over, whether club members or not, plus able juniors at the discretion of the junior squash level 2 coach (Bruce Bushell).
The aim is for everyone to have an enjoyable and sociable evening, and to get what they want out of it. Run in 15 minute sessions, you can stay as long as you like, and chose to play someone of a similar standard or get some advice and practice with one of the coaches or more experienced players to help you improve your game.
For more information on open evenings contact Bruce Bushell 07771356458.
How to book a court
Courts may be booked 2 weeks in advance by members, 1 week in advance by non-members, either in person at reception or by telephone.
Payment isn’t required when booking, but courts must be paid for before playing. Failure to cancel courts that will not be used in good time before playing may result in payment for unused courts being payable.
Members may be asked to give their membership number when booking, and to produce a membership card when paying for courts.
Junior squash sessions are run on Saturdays from 9.30 am to 11.30 am, minimum age 9, cost £3.00 per person.
A great way for youngsters to learn the basics, to improve and enjoy playing. There are mini-tournaments and a ‘ladder’ for those who enjoy competition, and the club also takes part in a junior county league and ‘Grand Prix’ tournaments involving young players from other clubs across the county.
There is also an opportunity for one-to-one coaching sessions on Friday evenings.
For more information on junior squash at Fakenham, contact Bruce Bushell 07771356458.
For more information on Junior Squash in Norfolk click here www.norfolkjuniorsquash.org.uk
The club runs a team in both the winter (October to March) and summer (May to July) Norfolk inter-club leagues, currently in premier divison of the winter league and summer league. Teams consist of 4 or 5 players, ranked 1 to 4 or 5. In a match against a team from another club, each player plays a match (best of 5 games up to 13 points, par scoring) against his opposite number of the same rank in the team. A season generally consists of home and away matches against each team in the same division.
It takes quite a few more than 4 or 5 players to run a viable team, and we’re always looking for new players of team standard. And coaching and advice is available for those competitive types who’d like to improve their standard up to team level.
We can always put out a second team if we get enough players!
You can keep track of team fixtures and results on the notice boards outside the courts, or by visiting the Norfolk squash web site www.norfolksquash.com
Spectators are welcome at home matches – it can be a good way of picking up tips to improve your game.
For more information on teams contact Bruce Bushell 07771356458.
The Squash Cannon Practice Machine
The Squash Cannon is a professional practice machine – probably the best available anywhere. We think ours may be one of only two in this country at the moment.
It can hold up to about fifty balls, heated to a set temperature, and feed them at a wide range of intervals, speeds and angles. So depending on the settings, it can be used for beginners and juniors, through intermediate right up to advanced players – top speed is over 100mph! Because it feeds balls so consistently, you can practice exactly the same shot – and practice makes perfect.
The Cannon is available for use at squash open nights and junior squash sessions or at other times by arrangement with Bruce Bushell (tel 07771356458)