Welcome to the Squash and Squash 57 department at Queens!
Whether you are complete beginner or a seasoned pro, there is plenty on offer for you to get involved with. We are proud to nurture squash from grass roots through to international levels in our friendly, social and inclusive club environment.
Our head coach, Sarah Campion (nee Kippax) is a former professional player, who competed on the World Tour for over a decade.
During the course of her career she was ranked in the World’s top 15, was a regular England international and competed in 2 Commonwealth Games. Sarah won an England Squash coaching award for her work and initiatives supporting the #SquashGirlsCan campaign, and in 2021 she became the Over 35 British National Champion.
Queens has a proactive and thriving Squash and Squash 57 section, which caters for all ages and ability levels.
We are lucky to have complete beginners to World champions gracing our courts and are proud of our prestigious history.
For more information on coaching, classes and events get in touch with Sarah, firstname.lastname@example.org 07968 323980
Group and individual coaching is available for all ages and ability levels. We also offer pairs lessons for 2 people who are of a similar level and would like to work together.
As you will see from the coaching timetable there are plenty of options and something for everyone.
There are classes available to children age 2+ and we cater for every ability level. We have beginners through to national champions and have created a development pathway that allows our juniors to flourish, whether it’s recreationally or competitively. For our most talented juniors, we have the Sarah Campion Squash Academy, this is a sponsored programme, the players are hand picked and it gives our most talented and committed junior players the opportunity to explore the game in more detail and discover their potential. It provides them with a sponsored academy training session every week. As a result we now have a very healthy junior section, and are producing some of the countries best junior players as well as numerous county players. Our development pathway takes toddlers through to national champions.
This class addresses the fundamentals of movement and is designed to start developing hand-eye coordination from a very early age. We want to give your little ones the best possible start, for an enjoyable and successful life in sport! Weekday classes available from age 2+
Squash camp days are available during the school holidays, typically these days are from 10am-3pm, or 10am-12pm for under 6’s.
During the camp, we work primarily on building squash skills, however there is also work on general hand eye coordination, movement literacy, fitness, tactical awareness and teamwork. These components will not only help your child improve their squash, but aid in helping the juniors become all round accomplished sportsmen and women! All camps take place in a relaxed, friendly and welcoming environment.
These popular courses are available to members and non members. They are brilliant introduction to squash for complete beginners and are a great chance for players who have played in the past to re-introduce themselves to the sport. During the 6 weeks you will be taught the basics of squash technique, starting with the correct grip. You will learn a variety of different shots, body positioning and movement. By the 6th week you should feel equipped to play matches and enjoy playing the game at a higher level.
Club night is a chance for the whole Squash community to get involved and play together in a relaxed and sociable environment. It’s a playing based session and great for new members to come along and meet a few new friendly faces.
Prepare your body for the demands of squash and squash 57 as well as improve your general overall fitness. It’s an all round workout that combines cardiovascular and muscular strength, endurance, agility and balance. Working to music and in a group makes pushing yourself easier! This class is appropriate for all ages and abilities, you can work at your own pace and exercises can be adjusted to suit the ability level.
Queens have an active Squash 57 community, who take part in weekly social mix ins. There are mini leagues for members and we operate 2 teams representing Queens in the local league.
Squash 57 uses a bouncier ball and a shorter racket than squash. It’s a easy to pick up and is a fantastic workout!
Why not challenge yourself to climb the clubs rankings using the challenge ladder, or join our internal mini leagues? The mini leagues give you new opponents to play per month, they are a great way to fix up games and meet new players within the club.
There are a great many events that are run throughout the year, these are open to all members for no additional cost. They include handicapped events for squash and squash 57 as well as the club championships.
We are well known for the numerous #SquashGirlsCan campaigns that we’ve run, and we love to celebrate Women's Squash Week each year too. As a result have plenty of female players using our courts and having lots of fun in the process! As well as our ladies only class, we have a team competing in the local league. Our mix ins are exactly that, and club nights, beginner courses, mini leagues and all our classes have female and junior players taking part. We are a very inclusive and friendly club.
We have 11 representative teams, 9 who compete locally in Calderdale and Kirklees and 2 who compete further afield in Yorkshire. We’ve had great success locally and have dominated division 1, winning repeatedly over the last few years. Our teams span all the divisions and so opportunities for anyone wanting to play team squash.
Over the last few decades, Queens members have been entertained by the World's best players competing on our newly named show court, The Ken Davidson Court. This court has fondly been referred to as one of the best courts in the World, not just for how truly it plays, but for the fantastic atmosphere that it creates, within it "bear pit" style setting.
In our most recent exhibition event we welcomed the current World No.1 (April 2022) and 2 x British Open Champion Paul Coll From New Zealand, and Yorkshire's former world No.1 James Willstrop. What an evening it was.
This is our crowning glory and brings top class squash players into the club for the benefit of all our members. During the season between the months of October and March, we have a team made up of mostly paid professionals who represent Queens in Yorkshire’s premier league. Our home fixtures are a chance for our members to watch professional squash and enjoy the camaraderie of supporting our players.
You can buy all squash related equipment from the pro shop, please contact Sarah with enquiries or to make an appointment. We operate a restringing service. Please leave your racket, name and number at reception and we will be in touch with string options and to find out your preferred tension.
Over the last few decades, Queens members have been entertained by the world’s best players competing on our newly named show court, The Ken Davidson Court. This court has fondly been referred to as one of the best courts in the world, not just for how truly it plays, but for the fantastic atmosphere that it creates, within it ‘bear pit’ style setting. In our most recent exhibition event we welcomed the current World No.1 (April 2022) and 2 x British Open Champion Paul Coll from New Zealand, and Yorkshire’s former world No.1 James Willstrop. What an evening it was!
At Queens we are very fortunate to have the England National Coach, David Campion based at the club. David has worked for England Squash the national governing body for over 20 years, consistently leading England teams to International success on the European, World and Commonwealth stages. Highlights of his coaching career include, coaching five England teams to World title success, as well as multiple players who achieved Gold medals across 5 Commonwealth Games.
David , an extremely talented and skilful player himself, was expected to achieve big things in the professional game before an injury prematurely ended his playing career at the age of 21. As a player David reached the final of the World Junior Championship aged 18 and won the British Open 035 championship in 2008.
In 1995 David became the Head Coach at Queens until 5 years later when he was offered a job with England Squash.
We are very fortunate to have England players visit Queens regularly to train with David including his Brother James Willstrop who reached World No.1.
David is now recognised as an Honorary member having achieved so much in the sport.