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Chairman's Update-November 2016

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AND INITIATIVES

Moving on from the exciting development of the fourth court project the question was very much: Where do we go from here? The answer has been to invest in the upgrading of existing facilities in order to “catch up “with this new development. This has involved a number of capital programmes:

·        A new Wi-Fi installation. Two new routers have been installed to provide internet access across the whole of the squash building. This allows personal equipment to be used and also facilitates further expansion into possible “live streaming” of future tournament events.

·        Brand new gas efficient heaters have been installed in courts 1-3. Members are now able to control the push button facilities; and suitable temperature settings now mean the courts play superbly at any time of the day.

·        New LED lighting has been installed on courts 1 & 2.

·        The floors have been re-sanded on courts 1, 2 and 4

·        Courts 1 & 2 have been repainted.

·        A partition has been installed on the balcony of court 1 in an attempt to reduce the heat loss from court 1 that results from the front door being constantly opened.

·        Electrical work has been commissioned and emergency lighting has been upgraded to ensure that the club complies fully with fire regulations. New wiring and consumer units have been installed upgrading old fuse boards.

·        As evidence of our commitment to being a fully family-inclusive club, new signage has been installed requesting fair play. 

·        New squash club focused images have been installed. The foyer area and court 3 & 4 have images which make the club feel more like a sports venue-one of action and competitiveness and part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

·         A brand new innovative and interactive web site has been produced, with a live Twitter feed on the front home page. This will serve the club going forward for the next decade. This site will be kept up-to-date with current news and information. I strongly urge club members to contribute articles for publication on the new website.

EXTERNAL TOURNAMENTS

During 2016 the club undertook a pioneering programme of the facilitation and implementation of external squash tournaments. In September 2016 the club held the first junior development tournament for decades. It was a resounding success with over 30 grass roots junior players attending. Many parents and grandparents attended the day and the club received a huge thank you from Welsh Squash for running the event. More will undoubtedly follow.

Preparation is underway for the Welsh Masters Closed tournament to take place at Rhiwbina Squash club. This will be the first in its history and is a massive coup for the club. The developments at the club have allowed this to happen and the tournament will see the best masters players in Wales coming to the club in the first week of February 2017 to take part. Places are up for grabs here to represent Wales in the British Home International squash tournament. It will be a great event for club members who now have a taste for masters squash and an opportunity for them to get in the mix for these places.

The “Jewel in the Crown” of Welsh squash will take place between the 23rd of May and the 28th of May at Rhiwbina when the first $10,000 professional squash tournament to be played in Wales for decades gets underway. We have already secured several sponsors for this truly World Class event, and tickets go on sale towards the end of November.

 


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