Squash & Racketball

Squash is being revitalised in North Bedfordshire.

The lack of a true squash club in Bedford, ever since the Kimbolton Road club closed in the late 1990s, has hurt player development at both adult and junior level. We have made great progress in addressing this by reviving junior and adult coaching in Bedford and creating social and competitive squash opportunities for all our members.

Whether you are a hardened squash veteran, or a newcomer to the sport, we have coaching and playing opportunities for you. We are particularly keen to get more people playing the sport in Bedford, so if you have never tried it, pop down and take a look. It is a superb sport for cardio and overall body conditioning, as well as being a lot of fun.

It is also a great sport for youngsters of any age – developing agility, balance and coordination skills, a good eye for a ball and their competitive instincts.

4 heated, block & plaster courts

Book courts via our dedicated App

Members box leagues

Social Squash & Club Competitions

We try to encourage players at all levels of the sport. We operate group coaching sessions for beginners and juniors (see below), and if you like a bit of competition, we have internal box leagues operating, with close to 100 members taking part. These box leagues cover all levels from beginner through to advanced.

Our social squash night is on a Friday evening. This attracts players across a range of ability levels and includes the chance to try Racketball as well. We run and host a number of competitions through the year including the County Championships, our own Club  Squash and Racketball Championships and our popular handicap event. We also run regular competitions and matches for our juniors, to help with their development.

We have a dedicated and growing ladies squash section and do look out for the monthly squash and prosecco nights at the Club which always prove popular.

Playing Facilities

Club Towers offers the best squash facilities in Bedfordshire. Four heated, block and plaster squash courts, with sprung flooring, toughened glass back walls and superb LED lighting. There is a viewing area behind the courts for spectators to watch and socialise. Courts can be booked on your phone via our App or on a PC using our web-booking system. There is no additional charge for court bookings.

Teams

We enter three teams into the local Bedfordshire Leagues and one team into the Cambridgeshire League, generally with great success. We also enter the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Cup competitions and the Bedfordshire Summer League.

Steve Barlow
Jenny Denyer
Steve Evans
Ed Norris
Ryan Pescod
Sam Morris

Our coaches

Adult Coaching

When you join the Club our coaching team will be happy to offer an introductory welcome session to assess your playing standard and guide you towards the coaching and playing opportunities that are appropriate for your playing ability. This will ensure that you get the most from your membership.

We run adult coaching courses from time to time based on demand, and our coaches are always happy to offer 1-2-1 sessions to accelerate your development.

Adult Programme

Adult Programme Descriptions

Adult Welcome

Any new racquets members to the club can book a session with our coach Ed. He will give you some basic pointers, assess your standard and help guide you towards the right activities for you within our squash programme.

Squash and Racketball Club Night

Friday 5.45 pm – 7.15pm

Come along to club night and play different players of all ages and abilities every Friday night. A great social night of squash and Racketball and a perfect excuse to head to the bar afterwards. This session is free to our racquets members.

Social Squash

Thursdays 11 am – 12.30pm

Come and mix in with other members, make new friends, play some competitive Squash. This is a member led session.  There is a sign up sheet on the noticeboard so games can be arranged with other members too.

Ladies Squash

Keep an eye out on our notice board and on our Facebook page for our monthly Ladies Squash and Prosecco nights. Our two coaches Jen and Juliet will be on hand for a fun, social evening of squash followed by a well-earned glass of prosecco. These sessions run monthly and are free to racquets members of all abilities.

Team Matches

We have three teams in the Bedfordshire leagues, who play on Monday and Tuesday evenings, and one team in the Cambridgeshire leagues, who play on Wednesdays. If you want to get involved with the team squash, please speak to us.

Box Leagues

Our thriving internal box leagues are a great way to play some regular matches at the club and meet some new faces. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced player there will be a box league just right for you. For more information speak to one of our coaches or simply sign yourself up on the noticeboard and get involved.

Adult Coaching

When you join the Club our coaching team will be happy to offer an introductory welcome session to assess your playing standard and guide you towards the coaching and playing opportunities that are appropriate for your playing ability. This will ensure that you get the most from your membership.

We run adult coaching courses from time to time based on demand, and our coaches are always happy to offer 1-2-1 sessions to accelerate your development.

Junior Coaching

Our aim is to drive junior squash participation, introducing youngsters to squash and then helping them to enjoy it and develop their game as quickly as their ability allows.

Squash is a brilliant sport for children. It helps to develop not only ball skills, but also the basic movement skills of agility, balance and coordination that underpin many other sporting activities, and important mental skills such as concentration, self-reliance and perseverance. It is also great for overall junior health and fitness.

We run junior coaching after school and at weekends as described in the timetable below. We also organise matches for our juniors and encourage them to take part in local and regional squash tournaments as their ability allows.

 

Junior Programme

Junior Programme Descriptions

Mini Squash*

Saturday 10.15am – 11am

Aimed at under 7s, mini-squash introduces the game, but also focuses on the ABCs – Agility, Balance and Coordination. Children will play ball games designed to enhance their basic movement skills, and start to get used to racquets, in a safe environment using bigger balls and rackets.

Junior Coaching – Beginner/Early Learner*

Saturday 9.30 – 10.15am

Typically aimed at 8 – 15 year old beginners or early learners, these session work on the four basic shots: drive, boast, lob and drop; and start to develop movement patterns around the court. If required, participants will be grouped according to ability. Our coaches keep the sessions fun and lively whilst ensuring basic tactics, technique and rules are taught. The aim is to get players able to play fun but competitive games against our other juniors at the earliest opportunity.

Junior Squash (start date TBC)

Sunday 2pm – 3.30pm

A chance for our juniors to come and play some games against each other under the watchful eye of one of our coaches. Playing regular matches and putting into practice the skills learnt in coaching sessions is so important to players development and something we really believe in at the Club. The kids love the chance to play as well! 

This session is also suitable for any juniors aged 8+ that are new to the game and want to get some dedicated coaching time with a coach. 

Elite Junior Coaching*

Wednesdays 5.45pm – 6.30pm

Designed for ages 11 -18 and all abilities catered for. Our ethos at Club Towers is to cater for all needs and it is no different here. Whether or not your child wants to progress and play team squash and compete in tournaments or just play on a more social level our coaches will make sure this session meets their needs.

Performance Squad

The club wish to support any promising juniors and will part-fund some individual coaching sessions for them. This squad is by invitation only. Selection takes place on an annual basis and takes into account each player’s attitude as well as their ability. The performance squad is headed up by an extremely high-quality coaching team with a great pedigree in the sport. For details see here. 

School Squash

We are very keen to see the sport grow and give more children access to play the sport. Successful relationships with BMS, Rushmoor School and Bedford School see nearly 50 pupils a week take to our courts. 

Junior Coaching

Our aim is to drive junior squash participation, introducing youngsters to squash and then helping them to enjoy it and develop their game as quickly as their ability allows.

Squash is a brilliant sport for children. It helps to develop not only ball skills, but also the basic movement skills of agility, balance and coordination that underpin many other sporting activities, and important mental skills such as concentration, self-reliance and perseverance. It is also great for overall junior health and fitness.

We run junior coaching after school and at weekends as described in the timetable below. We also organise matches for our juniors and encourage them to take part in local and regional squash tournaments as their ability allows.