It won’t be quite as we know it but it’s definitely squash – at last!
Courts will reopen from next Saturday, the 25th, with important social distancing guidelines to ensure safe play. These include:
* Match play with members of the same household or support bubble only;
* Two people from different households playing ‘Sides’ a modified form of squash, or training on opposite sides of the court;
* Socially distanced individual coaching and group coaching for up to 5 people but no more than two on court at one time;
* Court sessions of 1 hr, to allow for 40 mins play with a 20 min gap for the court to ‘air’ before the next players arrive;
* Changing rooms will not be open so players should arrive ready to play and take all their belongings on court with them;
* Players must sanitise their hands before and after play.
Full details of the safety procedures will be posted on the notice boards this week or for the full England Squash guidelines go to https://data.englandsquash.com/files?fileName=England%20Squash%20Back%20To%20Squash%20Guidelines%20v1%20140720.pdf
Meanwhile Head Coach Anna Vaughan Hawkins is planning a Bubble Squads coaching programme centred around family groups and Head Pro Julianne Courtice is working on an injury avoidance guide for enthusiastic returnees.
“The main thing is to take it easy,” she said. “However hard you’ve worked at keeping fit for the last four months, we all know that squash crucifies the parts that other exercise doesn’t reach!”
Julianne is continuing her online court fitness sessions every Sunday for as long social distanciing restrictions remain in place but will miss next Sunday (26th).