WILSDEN SQUASH CLUB
Welcome to the Club
A warm welcome to Wilsden Squash Club!
We are a small but friendly squash club serving Wilsden and the surrounding area. We welcome members of all abilities, ages and social backgrounds. The Club has over 100 members and is active in both Squash and Racketball (Squash 57) at social and competitive league level. We believe that with our very competitive membership fees we offer exceptional value for money compared to similar clubs in neighboring areas.
You’re on fire. You’re chasing every ball, thriving on adrenaline as the rally goes on, enjoying banter with your mate and getting fit without thinking about it. This is sport as you’ve never experienced before. Whether you want to get your squash thrill back or pick up a racket for the first time, you’ll find squash an exciting, indoor court-based game for all ages and abilities. All you need is a ball, a racket, a friend and a wall. Squash is a great upper and lower body workout, strengthening muscles and burning up to 800 calories per hour and if you’re seeking a slightly slower version of the game, there’s a growing Racketball community.
Racketball is the UK’s fastest growing sport. It is played on a regular squash court and is very similar to squash. The main differences to squash are the size of the ball (a racketball is a similar size to a tennis ball) and the length of the racket (racketball rackets are shorter). The fact that the ball is bigger, more bouncy and does not need warming up means that the rallies last longer as the ball moves slower giving the opponent more time to react and get to the ball. The shorter racket also helps with hand eye coordination making the ball easier to strike. Overall this makes the game much easier to pick up than many other sports like squash or tennis, however racketball may be easy to learn but is very difficult to master! England Squash recently re-branded racketball to Squash 57, however we will stick with the old name on this site!
What Equipment Do I Need?
All you need is a pair of non-marking court shoes (very important!), a racket, a ball and sports wear that you will be comfortable running around in. We sell suitable court shoes at the bar.
How much does it cost to play?
In addition to the annual membership fee there is also a small fee for the lights. The lights are operated by tokens which cost £3.50 for 20 mins play and can be purchased from the bar. A standard squash/racketball match lasts 40 mins so that’s only £3.50 per person per match!
what racket should i buy?
The cost of rackets varies tremendously and can range anywhere from £15 to £200. A racket is a very personal choice as there are different head sizes, weights and balances. For example a head heavy racket may produce more power but may not be to everyone’s taste as it may feel less manoeuvrable. We can provide advice on racket choice and sell rackets at the bar.
what ball should i use?
We recommend Dunlop balls for squash and Price balls for racketball. Squash balls are graded as follows: Max, Progress, Competition (single yellow dot) and Pro (double yellow dot). A common mistake for new squash players is to use a Pro ball straight away which may reduce initial enjoyment of the game as the ball has less hang time and needs to be hit hard to warm up. New players are encouraged to initially use either a Max or Progress ball whilst they get used to the game. Price racketballs are coloured blue for general play and black (single yellow dot) for competition play. We can provide advice on which ball to use and sell balls at the bar.
We have two hard back courts both with viewing areas. Both our courts are in excellent condition and are cleaned regularly to ensure they are free of dust. Please note only non marking shoes are allowed to be worn on court.
We use the eBooking system for court bookings, internal league management and member communications. This means you can view court availability, view the members’ directory and manage your court bookings via PC, tablet or mobile device. There is also an eBooking terminal located in the bar area if you would prefer to do this at the Club. All members (apart from social/metro members) get free access to this system.
We have a licensed bar which offers a wide range of bottled alcoholic and soft drinks at very reasonable prices as well as bar snacks. The bar is usually open Monday-Thursday from 7pm and remains open whilst there is demand. We encourage members to relax in the bar area and re-hydrate after a tough match! The bar is also stocked with other supplies such as rackets, grips, balls and shoes. If you need something squash related we probably have it or can get it for you. Light tokens can also be purchased from the bar. Please note the bar accepts cash, cheques and contactless card payments.
As with any sport it is always useful to have coaching either to introduce you to the sport and teach you the basics or to improve your technique which can increase your overall enjoyment of the game. We offer a number of options when it comes to coaching including introductory lessons, group coaching (junior/adult) or individual coaching (junior/adult).
There is a common misconception when stringing a racket that a higher string tension gives greater power. In fact the reverse is true. A higher or tighter string tension provides less power but increases control. This is because the string works like a trampoline. When the ball hits the racket it ‘catches’ then shoots the ball back out again with greater power (also known as ‘rebound’). A racket strung at a lower tension will provide more power than one at high tension and is generally better for players still developing their game. Higher tension provides greater control and is more applicable for advanced players who are aiming for precise length and width; and of course nicks. Every racket comes with a recommended string tension which is sometimes listed on the racket throat or frame. The recommended tension for squash rackets is usually between 20-35lbs. In general larger racket heads will require higher tension than smaller ones in order to achieve comparable playability levels. Racket strings will lose tension over time, even if they are not in use.
Thin strings are more powerful but do tend to be less durable so can work out more costly to use as more frequent restrings may be required. Thicker strings are more resistant but as they are generally less powerful there is a trade off. Squash strings range from 1.06mm – 1.30mm thickness. Thicker strings are available but these are really designed for tennis or racketball rackets with larger heads.
Natural Gut vs. Synthetic Strings
Natural gut strings have great resilience and offer good control and touch. They do tend to be more commonly used in tennis rackets and can be very costly. Most squash and racketball rackets come pre-strung by the manufacturers with synthetic strings and there are several types available i.e. monofilament (one solid piece), multifilament (many pieces intertwined) or nylon.
We offer a quality racket stringing service via the club. This service is provided by long standing club member Harjinder Gata-Aura. Harj is a keen squash and racketball player himself and strings squash rackets for his son Taminder (who turned professional in 2013) and his fellow professional players. Harj can string other racket types including racketball and badminton. There are a lot of different strings and options available which can be daunting to the new player but Harj is always happy to offer advice should you require it. You can even supply your own string if required. Harj can also fit new grips, grommet sets and bumper strips if required – just ask! Harj only uses a quality electronic stringing machine.
You can drop your racket off at the Club or if you are not a member click below to email Harj with your enquiry.
Some Examples of Strings We Offer
Ashaway Power Kill Pro
Ashaway Power Kill Pro has been introduced for the professional level player. It is a tough string which uses Power Filament Technology and Zyex fibres to offer ultimate durability, power and string tension maintenance.
Ashaway Super Kill XL
Ashaway Super Kill XL offers a combination of a multifilament core and double braided nylon polymers. Super Kill XL string provides tension stability, ball control and durability.
Ashaway Super Nick XL
Ashaway Super Nick XL offers soft playability with a textured surface, delivering optimum ball control and excellent resilience in all rackets. Super Nick XL has a multifiliment construction for gut-like performance.
Technifibre 305 Plus
Tecnifibre 305+ provides maximum comfort with 400% elasticity and better feel, as well as anti-abrasion coating for increased durability. In addition, 400% elasticity provides the dynamic performance needed.
Tecnifibre 305 provides more comfort and a better feel, as well as anti abrasion coating for increased durability. 305 has a thin gauge for higher ball speed and maximum shock absorption, with the highest content of polyurethane.
R-A-B Sensor Fibre
RAB Sensor Fibre HD offers sensational power and feel. Small fibres are formed together by a unique chemical and heat process. The material is saturated with polyurethane, twisted and time cured to create exact string memory.
We encourage all our members to get involved in the various regular competitions and activities we hold at the Club. We also organise non squash related events such as an annual golf day which is open to non members.
Many thanks to our sponsors for their continued support. If you think you can help us with sponsorship please get in touch.