Market Harborough Squash Club celebrates big extension

Centre, Alison and Steve Avil during the opening of the new squash courts at Market Harborough Squash and Racketball Club.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Centre, Alison and Steve Avil during the opening of the new squash courts at Market Harborough Squash and Racketball Club.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

A sports club in Market Harborough is celebrating after opening a £340,000 extension.

Market Harborough Squash and Racketball Club now has two new glass-backed squash courts, with seating and galleries for spectators.

There’s also an outside balcony that overlooks the cricket ground.

And members have been working hard to thoroughly update the rest of the club, including the bar.

“It’s been a long haul, but it all looks absolutely brilliant now,” said club secretary Alison Avil.

Around 100 club members, old and new, celebrated the opening of the extension at an event on Saturday.

The club now has five courts, allowing all five trainers to work at the same time - and of course more choice for club members looking to book courts.

The largest grant for the work - £100,000 - came from Market Harborough and the Bowdens charity.

There were substantial grants too from Harborough District Council, Sport England and the English Squash and Racketball organisation.Market Harborough Squash Club currently has around 240 members, including juniors.

Meanwhile, the associated cricket club has just replaced its nets. The practice surface the club will be using is the first of its type in the country.

The cricket club hopes to replace its pavilion next.

To find out more about the squash club, go to www.harboroughcsc.co.uk/squash