Barnsley Squash Club is part of Shaw Lane Sports Club which is situated close to the town and only minutes from the M1 and major routes. This is a friendly club run by its members which caters for Squash and Racketball players of all standards. Our main clubhouse which overlooks the cricket pitch, is modern, light and airy and boasts a fine bar. Integral to this is the Squash and Racketball Club with its five courts, two of which are glass backed, a provision that supports all squash players from the beginner wishing to get going through to Yorkshire Premier League standard. The facilities are further strengthened by the availability of coaching at the highest level.
About the Club
Coaching and Tournaments
Club squash tournaments and inter-club competitions and leagues provide an ideal platform for those who wish to play at a competitive level but most players also enjoy the social side of the sport. The club values very highly its youth development which is underpinned by a junior coaching programme.
This programme provides an ideal foundation for juniors to maximise their individual skills and talents by helping them achieve their personal goals. Still a relatively new sport to the UK, Racketball has proved to be hugely popular at Barnsley, attracting equal membership from men and women, young and not so young.
It is an ideal sport for all ages from young children to mature adults and is perhaps the easiest to play of all the racket sports. It’s particularly accessible for new ladies to the sport.
Barnsley Squash Club first opened at Shaw Lane on the 1st February 1974 with a simple of block two courts and no changing rooms. Players changed some thirty yards away in the Cricket Pavilion. This proved to be an unsatisfactory arrangement once the cricket season started, so two large sheds were purchased and placed near to the squash complex entrance. By 1976 the club was able to build separate ladies and gents changing rooms complete with showers and toilets.
This arrangement continued for some time but due to the popularity of the game in the town, it was decided in 1981 to build two more courts which were eventually opened in 1982 financed with the help of a grant from the Sports Council. Following the acquisition of the site by Barnsley Rugby Club in 2001, the courts were linked into a brand new clubhouse complex. The game and the club continued to go from strength to strength and an additional exhibition court was built in 2002 to satisfy demand.
Squash and Racketball in Barnsley today
With a membership of approaching three hundred, the Club has a good mix of male, female, student and junior players and for the latter there is coaching throughout the season plus a summer school. Barnsley Squash and Racketball Club has always fielded teams in both the Yorkshire Leagues and Sheffield and District Leagues. It runs its own internal leagues and club championships for members. With a notable history, the club is in a healthy position and has a great future. As testimony to this, the club has been awarded the Silver Club Certificate of Excellence by England Squash.
Shaw Lane now
Shaw Lane Foundation exists to provide high quality facilities for recreation or other leisure time activities for children, adults and the public in general. Our primary aim is to promote enjoyable community participation in healthy recreation, particularly by the provision of facilities for the playing and coaching of many sports including rugby, squash, cricket, archery, football, bowling and road running. More detailed information regarding opportunities for participation, training and coaching is available on the individual web sites of each section. General facilities include conference, seminar and function rooms and staff are available to help with room bookings, planning, catering and general support. More information can be found on the website www.shawlane.com.