Hertfordshire Squash


A Challenge to all clubs and Leisure Centres
Who will survive?

John Jeffrey

Sport & Leisure Consultant - Advanced Squash Coach

Australian squash is in trouble for the same reason the UK private squash clubs have declined. The high cost of property, the fitness gym disaster – they have only ever been a marketing exercise in offering a dream body, weight loss and rarely actually achieve your fitness goal but will reliving you of your cash for the contract period.

Most gyms have a residual membership rate of more than 50% and have become places that push body beautiful methods including selling various concoctions of supplements – some of which would not pass World Anti- Drug Agency (WADA) tests. 

I have never understood the attraction of going to a gym to work out with no sporting motivation. Playing a sport like squash has significantly more fun and fitness factor but has lost its way partly due to its rapid rise in the 70’s 7 80’s where everyone thought building squash courts would make them cash or improve their rugby clubs finances. The long term durability of old fashioned one or two court clubs and particularly those privately owned clubs with more courts but in an area which could be developed for housing.

By far the best scenario is for Squash Clubs to be part of a multi-sport complex with say tennis, hockey, football, golf etc, with of course a gym and health club attached. But then just as in America and some places in Europe membership costs are high and the sport becomes more elitist, which has its own challenges! 

I wonder if the ASB T court system – Modern Squash courts aimed at public parks offer an alternative option (see below), my concern is security, maintenance and professionalism - I think the sport resolves mainly around squash personalities and good coaching. So attaching expertise together with these very attractive courts will determine its future. 

See the ASB T Smart Outdoor Squash Court at: 
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Squashed out of the region

ONCE there was a squash court on just about every corner but the halcyon sport of the 1980s appears to have gone the way of video arcades­ and boom boxes. 

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GUSTAVO RAMIREZ John Jeffrey, I totally agree with this note. It is the same here in Buenos Aires. If i think of it, I have played squash basically with the same people for over 10 years. And the worst is that I do not see juniors or younger pals playing. Thanks for the note! what do we do?


John Jeffrey Hello Gustavo, that is the million dollar question! Americans have the advantage that Squash established in the University system; in almost all other countries Squash develops in bubbles around squash people and relatively few

facilities. There are opportunities, becoming an Olympic sport would encourage national funding, squash TV is widening the appeal of the game. Squash as a game has many advantages over other sports & fitness gyms as a sport for health and life but needs to become “fashionable” again. This is the job of the WSF, PSA, Squash TV and National Associations. I’m not sure that promotion and PR have been at the top of the list of priorities for governing bodies, but there are some smart people around promoting great tournaments. Someone like Jacques Fontaine being elected as the President of the World Squash Federation (WSF) may help pull the many loose ends together and find a way to promote the game effectively – I truly hope so!