SOME of the top names in the world of squash will be gracing the brand new state-of-the-art courts at Leamington Lawn Tennis and Squash Club as part of a day of celebration to open its brand new court.
Fuelled by the enthusiasm and passion of England Squash Club Coach of the Year Jason Pike, Leamington has grown its membership from 325 to 500 in the past three years.
And to maintain the momentum, the club was awarded £105,000 in grants from the National Lottery, Sport England and England Squash to help finance a state-of-the-art squash court and to upgrade the five existing courts.
To mark its opening, world number one Mohamed Elshorbagy will be visiting Leamington on September 10 to play former world number one James Willstrop and Australian number one Cameron Pilley.
There is also an extremely strong women’s line up with current world number two Laura Massaro, world number 12 Sarah-Jane Perry and Welsh number one Tesni Evans all taking part.
The day of celebration will include a team tournament for all 120 members who will be able to use the new court for the first time and they will be playing for the chance to take on the professionals in a final match.
There will be a chance for everyone to play the stars before the court is officially opened.
“As sport becomes more and more commercial it’s refreshing that squash players at the very top of the game are willing come to Leamington to support a grass roots club like ours,” said the club’s squash chairman Ming Lee.
“The opening day will be fantastic, but more importantly the new court will enable us to extend our excellent coaching and community outreach activities, social sports programmes and competitive teams.
“My aim is to build a lasting squash club community which encourages local people to play and enjoy and the game.”