Get yourselves down to Copeland’s hidden gem: the Egremont squash club!

Ailsa Cowen picks up a racket as she explores  Egremont’s squash club

EGREMONT squash club is a hidden gem within our little town.  The club is a devoted, passionate place with a fantastic setup.

Although the club is struggling with membership at the moment, so I went to see why people should be picking up a racket.

I was shown around the club by Barbara Telfer, who is more commonly called Aunty Barbara, by most members and has been at the club since her son started when he was four – and now he’s twenty.

Just some of the budding athletes that have discovered their talent at the squash club

Just some of the budding athletes that have discovered their talent at the squash club

The club has four squash courts, a physio, and a fitness facility for the squash players.

It has excellent facilities and has squash players from the past, present and future framed along the walls, which displays how much of a community feel there is surrounding the club.

Barbara also told me the younger members look up to the older, more experienced, squash players.

Each year the club has their annual Windscale Open, where other clubs come from the likes of London – and even France.

There are fundamentals for beginners on a Wednesday for anyone wanting to learn the basics.

On a Tuesday night the men’s team train and five juniors play for them which shows the club’s high standard of coaching.

The groups are named fundamentals, bronze, silver and gold.

The club also takes part in competitions regularly.

Despite them being long days, while each group plays, the day is also fun, entertaining and they always have a communal feel to them.

Barbara also told me everyone has their friends within the other clubs and it’s always lovely to see the kids and adults mixing.

They’re also based more on ability than ages, which makes it easier for the development of players.

At 8pm there is an adult beginners class, which is ideal for people wanting to learn the basics.

Carlisle Squash Club has a great partnership with Windscale. After the floods, Carlisle’s club was flooded, meaning they had nowhere to train.

Barbara also told me the younger you start learning the better, to ensure you have a key understanding of the rules and safety involved.

The club is calling out for more beginners to start training. There appears to be a lack of juniors starting, which the club would love to see.

The club has started to approach Brownies and Scouts to attract more players, but they’d love to see more people arriving.

If you would like further information about training times the Windscale Squash and Fitness Centre has a Facebook page.