We are a friendly and welcoming squash and racketball club based within the grounds of Ceddesfeld Hall in Sedgefield, easily accessible to other local villages and towns in South East Durham area. This long established club has 2 well maintained courts, with plans to construct a 3rd court during 2015-2016.
We have successful and active mens, ladies and junior sections and have a range of competitive leagues both internally and playing against other local clubs in the Durham & Cleveland Squash Rackets Association. The club is a section of the Sedgefield Community Association and members have access to the bar and facilities at Ceddesfeld Hall Whether you are looking to play competitive squash or just want a friendly game we have something for you.Why not come and join us?
L: Club Closed Champion Chris Gillespie with runner-up Rob Pearce
R: Ladies Closed Champion Marie Priest with runner-up Amanda Hetherington
Participants in the annual summer squash blitz 2014
L: Stephen Rowsby and Robert Pearce warm up before a 1st team match. R: James Willstrop warms up ahead of his exhibition match at the club
Members en-route to the annual Isle of Man Squash Blitz
Junior Coaching Session
At the halfway point of the Durham and Cleveland squash season, the outlook for the rest of the season looks positive for Sedgefield’s teams. The 1st team have had a great start, winning 6 of 8 matches in the 1st Division. The team currently lies 5th in the division, although are only separated from 2nd place by 9 points, which can quickly be recovered if a they have a strong second half of the season. Home matches have once again seen a packed balcony in order to see the County’s best players in action.
In Division 3, the 2nd team have led the division for most of the season, and at the halfway point lie in second place albeit with a game in hand. By contrast, the 3rd team, who have lost some key players to injury, lie at the foot of the same division. It will be a big ask to avoid relegation but the team has had some close performances so a “great escape” cannot be ruled out!
The 4th team have put in solid performances in Division 5, lying 5th out of 10, and have again introduced some new players to team squash this season.
The Ladies 1st team have had a remarkable turnaround from last season, and are in 2nd place in Ladies Division 1. Whilst the Ladies 2nd team sit at the foot of division 2, although once again, Sedgefield are the only club who have been able to field 2 ladies teams.
The season resumes in January and all teams will be hoping to maintain form, with the 2nds particularly looking good for promotion.More News
Sedgefield Squash Club provides the opportunity for members of all abilities to play, enjoy and improve their squash.
Leagues and Competitions
The main focal point of the club is the internal leagues, which run throughout the season from September to April. The leagues are well supported from beginner through to 1st team standard and provide the incentive to play people of a similar standard and try to improve upon league position. At the end of the season, the John Rowntree Trophy is presented to the person who has scored the most league points over the season. The club also runs a number of internal competitions.
The season traditionally ends with:
In addition, a club handicap competition is held annually over the New Year period and various other competitions may be held throughout the season such as team handicaps, squash blitzes and racketball competitions.
The club is a member of the Durham and Cleveland Squash Rackets Association (D&CSRA) and enters teams into the Durham and Cleveland leagues. In 2013-2014 we had 4 mens teams, and 2 ladies teams successfully competing within these leagues.
Racketball provides an alternative to squash. With a bouncier ball, and shorter rackets it is ideal as an enjoyable and competitive way to improve fitness whilst being a lower impact sport than squash. A number of members play racketball on a regular basis and the club is always keen to support any initiatives for more or new members to take up the option of playing regular racketball.
Saturday afternoons between 3pm and 5.30pm are reserved for Club Afternoon, where any members are welcome to come along and play each other in a round-robin format.
One-on-one coaching sessions are available from our level 2 qualified coaches upon request. Additionally, over the course of the year a number of group coaching sessions, aimed at different standards, are held to help beginners and advanced players alike brush up on their techniques.
Sedgefield Squash Club is a small friendly club, and various social events are held throughout the year. The annual presentation evening, held after finals night always has a great family atmosphere, where trophies are awarded along with the now traditional "DATFAs", which recognise members achievements or mishaps away from the squash court! The club is affiliated to Sedgefield Community Association, and members can enjoy a post-game drink at the Ceddesfeld Hall bar - next door to the squash club.
Membership Costs-September 2015 to August 2016
In addition to Annual Fees a charge of £10 per person is made if joining the Club.
How to join Sedgefield Squash Club
Contact Chris Rowsby, Membership Secretary, Tel: 01740 621125.
The Junior Squash Club runs regular Saturday morning coaching sessions during term time between 9am and 1pm for children between the ages of 7 and 18 years old. These sessions are open to members and non-members alike and caters for those of all abilities, from beginner to County standard. Equipment is provided, and we only request that a clean pair of trainers are brought along!
We also run a racket and ball skills session for children between the ages of 4 and 7 to help them develop general hand-eye coordination skills.
The junior section runs competitions and mini-leagues throughout the year, with occasional school holiday "bootcamps". We also enter junior teams into the Durham and Cleveland County leagues, and talented or older juniors are seamlessly integrated into the senior clubs leagues, competitions, and even teams when they are ready. The club also engages with local schools, sending in coaches to provide taster sessions and hosting inter-schools competitions and extra-curricular sessions.
We offer coaching opportunities to both adults and juniors.
Further information on junior coaching is provided within the Junior Squash section of the website
Individual adult coaching sessions are available from our own England Squash level 2 qualified and insured coaches:
Please contact them via the club noticeboard if you are interested in finding out more
England Squash and Racketball - www.englandsquashandracketball.com
Durham and Cleveland Squash Rackets Association - www.dcsra.co.uk
Sedgefield Community Association - www.sedgefieldsca.org.uk
Ashaway (from £19), Technifibre (from £20), Dunlop mid-range (from £15) and basic strings (from £12). Replacement grommets supplied.
Contact Stephen Rowsby on 07815 929423, or at the club.
For a local service contact Mike Gandy on 01740 621098. Various strings and grips, bumper guards and grommets, all supplied and fitted to suit individual preferences.
Rules Of The Game
World Squash Singles Rules (2014): click here
Racketball Singles Rules: click here
Sedgefield Squash Club is committed to providing a safe environment for players and visitors to the club. The Club Committee is responsible for providing this safe environment and for complying with relevant legislation.