Introduction and club history

Squash

The club caters for all types of players from the seasoned professional to those who are just picking up a racket for the first time! We are also open to non students.

The squash club has been running successfully at Heriot-Watt for many years. In that time we have a lot of success in University and East of Scotland Competition. The club continues to grow its coaching and training structure, with the help of the Sports Union. The social side of the club is thriving too with regular club night competitions allowing all members the chance to win prizes and gain points in our grand prix format.

Each year we enter a Men’s team into Scottish Student Sport (SSS). In the past our men’s and women’s SSS teams have both been crowned SSS Champions. We have also had Men’s & Women’s SSS Individual Champions.

In East of Scotland Competition we field 4 open teams each year. This gives club members the chance to represent the Club on a weekly basis. Our 1st team has previously been crowned Division 1 Champions. We also enter a team into the National Leagues.

Coaching

Heriot-Watt Squash Club are lucky to have the coaching services of UKCC Level 3 Coach Claire Gray. Claire has been involved in the club for a great number of years. She was involved in the running of the club when she was a student. Once she graduated Claire agreed to stay on at the club as advisor to the Club Committee and became the Squash Coach. Claire is a top class coach who has been involved in coaching for the last 10 years. Claire played at a high level herself, she has represented Scotland on numerous occasions and was Scottish Champion. Since taking a break from playing Claire has become more involved with the Scottish Junior Performance Squads. You should come on down and take advantage of her coaching knowledge during your time here!

Our club charter

We aim to provide the following service to all our members:

  1. To provide an opportunity for any member to gain coaching on a weekly basis at some point during the academic year.
  2. To provide a range of competitive opportunities to allow members to compete individually or as a member of a team representing the club.
  3. To provide an opportunity for members to gain a worthwhile social experience through the Sport.

What does a typical season involve?

Trials

All players who would like to get involved in squash at the university should attend a trial session. During the trial session players will play some games against other players so we can assess your ability based on other players we have. This is to allow all players to be placed in appropriate coaching sessions. The trials take place 4 times throughout the year, with the first being in Week 1 when anyone is welcome to attend.

Coaching

  • Team Fitness: Monday 6.30 - 7.30pm
  • Team Coaching: Monday 7.30 - 8.30pm
  • Development coaching: Monday 8.30 - 9.30pm

These sessions are for players who are involved in the club’s competitive ladder and are interested in representing the University in either the East of Scotland Leagues or the SSS competition. These coaching sessions are by invitation only. Players will be assigned a coaching session to attend based on performance at the trials. Players may move between the 2 sessions depending on tournament and ladder results but only on the say so from the coach.

Places for the development sessions are won during one of the four trials.  Development coaching runs in six week blocks. If you win a space and attend 4 out of 6 weeks in the block you get a place automatically in the next block.  Otherwise your place is up for grabs as one of the places to win at the next trial session.

Places are limited therefore it is essential players sign up in advance via the sport centre reception.  Players are expected to be at the courts 5 minutes prior to the session start time otherwise they risk their place being given to a reserve player.

An introduction session to squash is run at the start of the academic year for any new members to attend.

Social

  • Club Night 1:  Tuesday 6.30 - 9.30pm
  • Club Night 2: Friday 6.30 - 9.30pm

The club nights consist of fun competition that allows players to play against other members regardless of their standard. We have a team of event coordinators that run the club night sessions, and each week we run a different type of tournament in each session.  In each session the players are ranked and earn points basked on their performance in our Club Night Grand Prix System. Prizes are then offered at the end of the each semester. These sessions offer a mix of learning, social play and competition and are open to all club members regardless of standard.

Places are limited therefore it is essential players sign up in advance via the sport centre reception. Players are expected to be at the courts 5 minutes prior to the session start time otherwise they risk their place being given to a reserve player.

Racketball

The club has a range of racketball equipment that is free to hire for any member.

Private coaching

UKCC Level 3 Coach Claire Gray is available for group and individual lessons. These should be booked directly through Claire.

Competitions

SSS Team Competition

This tournament is played in November each year. Teams consist of 5 players and the competition is played over a weekend with each team playing 3 or 4 games. Success in this tournament is required for entry into the BUCS competition in January. We aim to enter 2 Men’s and 1 Women’s team into the SSS Championships each year but this depends on membership. Teams are selected from the Competitive Ropey Ladder.

SSS Individual Competition

This tournament runs in the same way as the team tournament. It is played in February each year. Entry into this competition is up to each individual. If you think you have what it takes then speak to Claire before entering.

East of Scotland League Competition

This is another team event which runs throughout the year from October until March and is usually the clubs main focus. Teams play at various venues around Edinburgh and local areas each week. The league is both competitive and social with the home team providing food and drinks for the away team. Due to this there is an extra cost of around £5 per week for participation in the East Leagues. We aim to enter 4 Open teams into the leagues. Teams are selected from the Competitive Ropey Ladder. This offers a great chance to play more experienced players from local squash clubs and offers fantastic networking opportunities.

Club Close

The Squash and Racketball Club Championships are individual competitions open only to club members. The tournament runs from February to April and is a knockout competition. To give every member the chance of success there is multiple plate levels. The number of events in the Club Championships is dependant on the size of the entry. Players are given a time period in which to organise and play their championship match. The Club Championship end with the Finals Night, where we play all final and rod-4th playoffs, and after we have our main social of the year often incorporating attending the annual Beer Festival held at Heriot-Watt. To cover costs there is a small entry fee.

Club Open

The club is now running an Open Competition in association with the East of Scotland Squash Association. This competition is held over a weekend and is open to anyone. The tournament consists of many games, multiple tiers, great prizes, competition t-shirts and a meal. Details will be posted around Edinburgh in the months before the competition.

Ropey Ladder

This is an ongoing ladder which is run through the internet. Players are ranked in order of ability but can challenge players above them whenever they like. The ladder gives players the chance to see where they are compared to other club members. The ladder is used to select teams for competition and for seeding the Club Championships.

Mini Leagues

The Mini Leagues offer members a chance to play competitive games outside of team competitions in the East of Scotland.  Players are in a group of 5 people and are given 5 weeks to play their matches.  Players are given contact details of other players and arrange themselves to play the games.  It is a great way to put coaching points into practice and meet new people within the club.

How to join the club?

Join at Oriam Reception:

  • £17.50 for Student Members
  • £26 for Non-Student Members
  • Free membership of Scottish Squash & Racketball is included with your club membership