Forbes has named squash the #1 healthiest sport in the world many years in a row.
It burns calories, increases aerobic fitness, boosts flexibility, develops strength and power, and improves hand-eye coordination.
All 6 courts have undergone upgrades in the 2017/2018 season including: new flooring, plastering, line markings, walls and ceilings painted, new LED sensor lighting (switching off after a few minutes if no movement on court), under-floor heating and glass back doors and walls (courts 5 & 6). All courts have spectacular viewing areas (come see!). We now have some of the best squash facilities in Ireland!
6 week courses for members and non-members of all levels:
Club coach Dave Noone provides daily coaching sessions at the club for both beginners and improvers, juniors and seniors. Private and group sessions are available.
There was an uptake in the number of women taking up squash coaching this season and last season with coach Dave Noone providing Women’s group coaching on Mondays. The is proving to be the most popular adult group session. Private and group lesson also available. There is an excellent number of juniors being coached on a weekly basis.
Early Morning Squash:
At the request of this year’s squash committee, courts are now available in the early morning. Squash courts are now available to book from 7:30am Monday to Friday. The gym opens at 6.30 am which has enabled Management to accommodate the Squash committee’s request.
New “GLTC Squash” WhatsApp Group. This is a new introduction for in the 2017/2018 squash season. It has been the main medium of communication. It was mainly setup to introduce new squash members with current squash members and to help them find games (with people they otherwise would not know).
This is also a great place to hear about upcoming events, ladder, slot cancellations, competitions and general squash committee updates.
To join the Squash WhatsApp group, contact Fergal Hynes on 0863987181.
Squash Events During the Year
Work your way up the ladder sections as you improve your squash. The Squash ladder takes place weekly on a day of your choosing. The people you play in your section will be of similar standard so don’t worry about being a beginner/improver. Contact Cormac McMahon on 086 0809924 to join next month’s ladder.
In the 2017/2018 season “there were 28 in the ladder in September and I’ve heard back from some of the new entrants that they’ve really enjoyed the regular competition and the opportunity to meet new players and this has lead to friendly competitive matches outside of the ladder system which is really what it’s all about.”
Cormac McMahon, Ladder Organiser
GLTC Squash section have numerous blitz’ throughout the year. In 2017/2018 season our Hallowe’en Squash Blitz was a huge success with the largest attendance for a number of years. A total of 40 male and female players were divided into 5 groups of 8 with seeded entry to accommodate all levels of squash. The tournament was open to other club members within the province, with entries from clubs all over Connacht. One-day events seem to attract big numbers, suiting most people’s busy lifestyles. This is a fantastic way of introducing friends to squash and increasing the number of members playing the game. Thanks to our past blitz sponsors, The GTLC Golf Society, CW Distributors and Tommy’s Pro Shop.
Following on from a Connacht Squash meeting held earlier in the 2017/2018 season, it was proposed that some ammendments be made to the format of the league with a view to:
- Having more clubs/members participate in the league
- Bringing more uniformity to the playing levels of each team
- Providing a better structure for more advanced players
- Reducing travel times for clubs
With this in mind the following proposals were put in place. It now comprises of a Mens A & B League and a Ladies League. The A league is an individual league for those players of a high standard looking to get quality matches. The B league is comprised of teams made up from a club’s lower ranked A layers and B team members from last year. The B league has been split into North/South Connacht competitions which means less travel times for away games.
A big thumbs up from all players for this beneficial change. The changes have meant that GLTC now has three teams entered in the B League, up from two teams the previous year.
Players and GLTC members can view results at www.connachtsquash.com.
2017/2018 season GLTC hosted:
- Connacht Junior Open 16th – 17th September
- Connacht Senior Open 17th – 19th November
- Connacht Masters Open 1st – 2nd December
- Connacht Senior Closed 2nd – 4th March
- Masters’ Interprovincials 6th – 7th April
- West of Ireland Championship – Professional Squash Association Event 13th – 15th April