Burton Manor named England Squash Club of the Month

14 November 2022

Burton Manor Sports Association in Staffordshire has been crowned England Squash Club of the Month in November after hosting a hugely successful World Squash Day 12-hour extravaganza which saw nearly 100 people in attendance.

On World Squash Day, Saturday 12th October 2019, Burton Manor, a two-court facility on the outskirts of Stafford, opened its doors to a staggering 92 people who headed down to try their hand at squash and join in on the celebrations.

Shaun Watkin, a Level 1 coach at the club says:
“The buzz around the club was incredible! In the three years I’ve been here I’ve never seen the balcony so full.”Shaun went to great lengths to publicise the event at the local leisure centre as well as encouraging club members (circa 100) to come down and bring their friends and family.Off the back of Shaun's efforts, the club has gained 14 new members and raised £300 in donations which has been spent on equipment for Shaun's newest initiative aimed at 3-4-year olds.“

A lot of us have younger kids who I'm keen to start engaging in the sport. They’re too young for squash so we’ve bought lots of balls and some swingball sets to develop their hand-eye coordination and catch their interest early.” It wasn’t all about enticing new members however. The club is reaping the rewards of putting existing members out of their comfort zone.
“For some time, I’ve been trying to persuade our men’s team to give Squash 57 a go but they insisted it was an old person’s sport,” Shaun explains. “On World Squash Day, I finally convinced them to give it a go and they really enjoyed it!"

Read the full article at https://www.englandsquash.com/news/burton-manor-named-england-squash-club-of-the-month

Jess Wilder