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Westport squash club unveils ambitious redevelopment


A DIFFERENT BALL GAME This is what the new courts at Westport Squash Club will look like when completed.

THIS September will see the re-opening of the new state-of-the-art sports complex at Horkan’s Hill in Westport with generations of people in the town set to reap the benefits of the hugely impressive upgrade.
The complex has been the home to Westport United, Westport Athletics Club, and Westport Squash Club since it was first built back in 1988.
Now, following substantial grants from state agencies, Westport Squash Club has been in a position to redevelop the entire building, and this Autumn will see a modern squash facility unveiled.
Construction work began on the building in early April, and will continue throughout the summer. Westport Squash Club PRO, Tony McCabe, welcomed the latest positive development for the West Mayo town. “We are very grateful for the grant support we have received, and we look forward to welcoming new members from all around Mayo when we re-open for play.”
Westport Squash Club hopes to stage national competitions in the new venue as facilities will be of the required international standards.
Gerry Galvin, who is one of the club’s qualified coaches, has been heavily involved in the club for many years. “People play squash for all sorts of reasons,” he explained.
“It’s a wonderful way to get fit fast, and is the number one sport in the world for burning calories. A player can lose an amazing 950 calories an hour playing squash. And, unlike other sports, our game is not weather dependent and can be played day or night.
“When we re-open, we will be happy to welcome new members of all ages and abilities to join us,” he added. “We can provide equipment and coaching and, as your game improves, you can join in the round robin leagues that take place throughout the season.”
Another of the club’s qualified coaches, Fiona Curran added: “We have a thriving junior section where younger girls and boys can learn to play squash in a safe and friendly environment. There is a tremendous social aspect to the club, with lots of club functions planned around our competitions. Gerry is consistently ranked in the top five players in the club, and he and his team will be delighted to pass on their  skills to improve your game,” said Fiona.
As part of a self-funding initiative, Westport Squash club are asking people to donate €100 as a once-off ‘gift’ to the club in an effort to meet the cost of completing the building project. “As with all grants, the club must put up a certain amount of capital itself,” explained Tony McCabe. “We have held a very successful pub quiz, done bag packing in supermarkets, and other bits and pieces. This latest initiative is called, ‘Friends of Westport Squash Club’.
“If donors are kind enough to gift us a once-off outlay of €100, they will have their name added to a board in a prominent position in the club for all time. Businesses are also most welcome on board in helping us get over the line.”
If you decide you want to get fit, and have fun doing it, please consider joining Westport Squash Club this coming autumn. The membership rates are reasonable and, remember, you can play all year round.  Should you wish to become a ‘Friend of Westport Squash Club’ just follow the contact details in the box elsewhere on this page.
If, as a business, you would like to ‘buy out a playing court’ and have it named after your business, then Joe O’Malley from The Mill Times is the man to talk to.
Eat, sleep, play squash.

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PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE Pictured are the Westport Squash Club Development Committee.

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