Club History

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Club History 2017-06-01T11:03:54+00:00

Comberton Village College Squash Club was formed at a meeting held on 22nd April 1971, when permission was obtained to use the number one court on Wednesday evenings 7 – 10 p.m. This court was provided for the Members of Comberton Village College and the Youth Centre, as a result of the generosity of Mr MacFarlane Grieve, Chairman of the Governing Body of the Village College when it opened in January 1960.The first Chairman, Mr C. Crow, and some 25 members paid 50p each to play.

Interest in playing squash grew, and by the first Annual General Meeting on 21st September 1971, Saturday and Sunday morning playing times had been negotiated, accompanied by an agreement to set the Annual Subscription at £2!!

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Membership continued to flourish, and with it pressure for more playing time, so that by the fourth AGM in 1974 a second court was on the way. Membership had by then grown to 120. The second court opened in the spring of 1975 having been financed largely through a County Council loan, the Council granting a licence to the Squash Club for the use of the courts.  The popularity of squash, and of the club, continued and with the second court paid for, it quickly became inevitable that a third court would be required. The opening of this prompted an upsurge in enthusiasm, competition, and playing standards, together with an influx of new members.

The success of the Club over the years meant that improvements in the changing and shower facilities were necessary, both for the benefit of the members, and for the accommodation of visiting teams. This was achieved by an extension attached to courts 2 & 3, converting the former changing and shower area into an entrance hall and toilets linking all three courts.

Since the mid-70s, the club has fielded teams in the county league and cup competitions.  The committee is currently trawling the archives to find a list of victories prior to 1986. After this date the Club Team won the Endersby Cup in 1996/97 and again, in its reincarnation as the Hereward Cup in 2004/5 and 2006/7. A Club Team is yet to finish top in the county leagues but watch this space! The Ladies Team have won the Ladies First Division in 1989/90, 1991/2, 2000/1, 2001/2. The Ladies Team won the Portway Perpetual Cup in 2000/1, 2004/5 and 2007/08.

Organised junior coaching was first established at the club in 1987 by three mums, Cilla Fuller, Linda Brown and Janet Banks.  The junior section has steadily grown in number over the years and in the last ten years has benefitted significantly from the enthusiasm, vision and dedication of Ray Scrivens, Mike Macnamee and Martyn Symmons, including the introduction of “Gods of Squash” sessions for the elite juniors.  We are proud to currently have more juniors in the county ladder than any other club.

Most of the club’s income generated solely through the membership fees is spent on maintaining and improving our courts and off-court facilities.
All three courts were re-floored in the period 2006-2011. The quality of the courts themselves are up there with the best due to careful maintenance and cleaning, the installation of additional heating and a pedantic insistence for the right shoes. The committee harbours aspirations to convert one of the courts to a glass-back with a spectator seating area. Our changing facilities are not luxurious but we have a good supply of hot water for the showers! We hope to refurbish the changing rooms in Summer 2013