Posted: August 31, 2020 at 7:45 am
Dear Dean squash member,
A few days ago Scottish Squash announced that squash clubs could reopen from Mon 31st Aug, but currently to a very restricted extent, and only if relevant additional restrictions and safety procedures are in place to minimise risk of transfer of infection. This means that for now, play will be restricted to a single player on court at any one time, for exercise and practice. Two players from the same household may play the standard game. 1:1 coaching is allowed if the coach is not on court. Full squash is also allowed between under 12s.
The current guidance to clubs and players is attached below:
It is our intention to reopen on Thursday 3rd September. This is to give us few days to work through the guidance and put procedures in place to make sure we can comply. The club’s protocol for use of the facilities will be provided to members by then.
Initially reopening will be restricted to evenings and weekends as there are contractors in the building redecorating the clubhouse (this had originally been timed to finish before squash reopened, but the Scottish government brought forward the date by 2 weeks). Refreshing of the courts themselves has already been completed. It is likely we will have to restrict some of the booking slots to minimise cross-traffic from members arriving and leaving.
Squash members will now be asked to pay their subscription for the 2020/21 year. When tennis restarted at the start of June, we decided to move the year end date to 31st May 2021. We will make this the end date for squash membership too, so it will be a 9 month year for squash. The subscription will be reduced in proportion to the number of months lost, and because of the restrictions being placed on squash activities, the proportion for September will be discounted. So essentially the cost will be 2/3 of the full year cost. Members will have received renewal messages from membermojo recently, and the ability to renew will be enabled before Thursday.
Any questions, please forward to me, Jerry and Michael. Thanks for your patience and we hope you are looking forward to getting back on court
best wishes,David, on behalf of the club committee.
Squash Tournament-Saturday 12th May
Posted: May 7, 2018 at 9:57 pm
The annual squash club championship will be held on Saturday 12th May 2018 at the club house. Free to members. This will be a graded event. Each player is guaranteed three matches. Friends & family are welcome to spectate & socialise. BBQ and drinks available. Contact Michael Clarkson firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
2017 Squash Finals
Posted: March 26, 2017 at 10:30 pm
On Saturday 25th March 2017 Dean held the annual squash tournament. For a change, a Monrad system was used this year. Play started at 10 am and finished around 4 pm. It was an entertaining, sociable and tiring afternoon for all of the participants but at the end, Paul DeMarco (in green top below) managed to retain the trophy he won last year. Some photos from the day:
Squash court maintenance finished
Posted: January 24, 2016 at 9:26 pm
We’re pleased to announce that the maintenance of the squash courts is now finished and they sure look all shiny and new!!
A picture is worth a thousand words, so…
Squash Court maintenance
Posted: December 2, 2015 at 9:13 pm
I’m pleased to announce that the squash courts are getting refurbished in the new year.
Court 1 will be out of action from Wed 6th Jan – Fri 8th Jan inclusive
Court 2 will be out of action from Wed 6th Jan – Tue 12th Jan inclusive
The booking page has been blocked out on these dates
Appreciate your cooperation and hope you are looking forward to playing on the shiny new courts once they are done!
Dean Junior Squash Club – Information for parents 2015
Posted: September 28, 2015 at 5:20 pm
The Junior Squash Club is formed from the junior membership of the Club. It meets on Saturdays and provides coaching and supervised play. Its aims are to introduce children to the sport, to help them develop their skills, and to provide them with an opportunity for supervised play.
These are held on Saturday afternoons starting October 31st. There will be 14 coached sessions on Saturdays (6 before Christmas and 8 after). The Juniors are divided into groups on the basis of age and playing ability. The youngest players start at 4 pm. The exact arrangements will be decided once we know the total numbers.
Junior Club night
We will hold a Junior Club night if there is enough interest and willingness to participate by children and their parents. Supervision is required by volunteer parents. It is open to all junior members giving them an opportunity for further games.
The coaching sessions are organised and coached by Amanda Jones and professional coach Don Wilkie. We rely on parents who can give some of their time to help both for the coaching sessions and any Junior Club night. It is not necessary for you to be able to play squash but we would particularly encourage squash playing parents to volunteer their services.
Please contact Amanda if you can help in any way, even for a few sessions.
It is the policy of Scottish Squash that children participating in any squash tournament wear eye protection. Although eye injuries are very rare, we have to recognise that the risk is greater with younger and less experienced players. We cannot ignore the advice of Scottish Squash and children must use eye protection whilst playing at the Club.
Protective goggles cost between about £15 and £25. We provide goggles for the Junior Squash sessions but we need to make a charge of £5 to be added to the Junior Squash Club fee. If your son or daughter is interested in team squash, we recommend that they buy their own equipment.
Shoes worn on the squash courts should be of the non-marking variety (in general black soled shoes should not be worn). They should be free of dirt and grit and should not be worn outdoors. In particular we discourage the use of shoes which have been worn on the tennis courts due to the sand that they carry onto the courts making them slippery and dangerous. We ask parents to ensure that children have appropriate footwear.
The Club welcomes junior members. We want to provide them with an opportunity to develop their interest in the game and to develop their skills. However, we have to be concerned about their safety whilst playing and with the security and care of our premises.
We want to remind parents that there is nobody employed to monitor the activities in the Club. It is quite normal for the Club to be empty, particularly on Friday or weekend evenings and during the daytime on weekdays. We would not be taking proper responsibility either for the safety of our members or the security of the clubhouse if we permitted young children to use the facilities without any adult presence.
Junior members under the age of 14 may only use the squash courts when they are with a responsible adult. We regret that this decision may restrict the opportunity for Junior play. However, we believe that this is an inevitable consequence for a Club which employs minimal staff and which relies on the volunteers for its management.
One of the reasons for forming the Junior Squash Club is to provide an opportunity for younger children to play whilst being supervised. We would like to encourage parents to extend the playing opportunities for juniors by bringing their children to the Club at other times.
We hope that you understand the reasons for these cautions which are designed both to protect your child and to protect the interests of the Club. We do hope that your children will take this opportunity to be involved in the sport and enjoy the game.
If you need any further information, please contact Amanda Jones.
Squash Club Night Restarting
Posted: September 14, 2015 at 5:04 pm
The Squash club night is restarting on Monday 28th September, 7:40pm – 9pm. Whatever your ability, come along to play some social squash!
End of Squash Season / start of Tennis Season Party Photos
Posted: May 13, 2015 at 10:40 pm
At the end of March Dean held a party following on from the squash championship finals to celebrate the winners and round off the squash season; and to welcome in the tennis season! Below is a selection of photos from the prize giving and following party.
Summer racketball league
Posted: March 24, 2015 at 5:50 pm
We are looking for new players to join Dean’s racketball team that play in the friendly summer league against various clubs in and around Edinburgh.
The league runs between April and August with matches roughly every fortnight! Racketball is very similar to squash and just as fun! No experience is necessary and all abilities catered for! We also have spare rackets you can use.
Sunday Funday Success!
Posted: September 14, 2014 at 11:20 am
Thanks all who took part in the Funday Sunday tennis tournament, squash friendlies and racquetball (more to follow about that in a separate post)! We had great weather and a wonderful BBQ; many thanks to Carl, Amanda, Bram, Nynke and others for supplying food and BBQ!
The winners of the tennis tournament were: Philippa McPherson & Carl Tweedie!
Some more photos of the event: