Where to Play Squash Near Me
4 June 2020 • By - callumbrunning
Where to play squash near you
Squash provides an extremely competitive and physically challenging contest between two opponents. As well as being a game of speed, agility and technique, the thrill to outwit your opponent using quick reactions makes squash a popular sport.
Thought to have originated from the game ‘rackets’ played in 18th century London prisons, the term ‘Squash’ was actually coined by Harrow schoolboys in the 1830s and soon became a popular sport played in schools across the country.
In more recent times, however, those looking to play squash have been hindered somewhat by the decreasing accessibility to squash courts in London and the rest of the UK. The World Squash Federation has also persisted in applications to the International Olympic Committee for the sport to be part of the Olympic games but has so far been unsuccessful.
Sports such as Table Tennis and Badminton greatly benefit from its Olympic coverage, providing exposure on the biggest stage to encourage new participants. But while Squash has been without this, the popularity of Squash continues to be strong. According to Statistica, over 310,000 people played Squash in the UK in 2019, which is only 20% less than Table Tennis.
So while the desire to play squash in the UK still remains, there are difficulties in finding quality squash venues to attend. Therefore, Playfinder has put together a list of where you can play Squash near you, and have highlighted some of the best available venues below.
A great place to play squash in London is Finsbury Leisure Centre, which boasts a fantastic sports hall catering for a range of different sports – this is one of the most popular places to play squash in London and is open from dawn till dusk during the week, perfect for a game before or after work.
Royal Automobile Club is another great place to play squash in London. The facilities are kept pristine throughout the year and are only a short walk from Green Park station so is easily accessible from all parts of London. This venue is members only and is open from 7am-10pm.
The Piccadilly Health Club and Spa boasts a fantastic squash court with well-maintained changing rooms and is open on a pay as you play basis. The venue is open from 6.30am on weekdays so it is perfect for a quick game before work. The court closes it’s doors at 10pm. Just a short walk from Piccadilly Circus tube station, this squash court is a great option in the heart of the city.
Finally, another fantastic venue for playing squash with friends or competitively is the Oasis Sports Centre based in Covent Garden. The facilities offer a great range for all sporting activities but the squash courts here are one of it’s greatest features. With great changing rooms and free parking on site, this venue is also accessible via tube, the closest station is Tottenham Court Road.
Sugden Sports Centre is a great choice of squash court venue for those in Manchester. Situated just a five-minute walk away from Manchester Oxford Road train station, the squash court here is well-maintained and is available on a pay-as-you-play basis. This facility is open from 7am-10.30pm on weekdays and 9am-10pm on weekends.
University of Salford Sports Centre is a great option for those in the north-west part of Manchester. This facility offers a great squash court as well as a range of other sports. Located just a short walk from Salford Crescent train station, the Squash offers a pay-as-you-play service and is open from 7am-10pm on weekdays.
Another great choice for Squash courts in Manchester is Moss Side Leisure Centre, situated on the south side of the city. The venue boasts a great squash court with well-maintained changing rooms and opens it’s doors at 6.30am on weekdays, great for a quick game early in the morning before work.
Manchester National Squash Centre is the ideal sports venue if you’re looking to play squash in East Manchester. Just a short walk away from the Etihad Stadium, just walking through the campus gives you the motivation to dominate the squash court. A great squash court with an onsite tram stops back into the city centre. The venue is open from 7.30am-10pm on weekdays.
Venue 360 is a great option to hire squash courts in Luton. The venue offers great facilities for a variety of sports and boasts a squash court with superb surfaces. The Squash court is just a 5-minute walk from Luton Airport Parkway train station and opens from 9am-10pm throughout the week, perfect for a quick game after work.
Trinity College Dublin is a great option for squash on the east side of the city. Just a short walk away from several tram stops into the city centre, this facility boasts a fantastic squash court as well as a wide variety of other sporting activities. The venue opens from 7am-10.30pm during the week.
University College Dublin is a perfect choice of venue for those looking to play squash in the south of the city. The sports centre on campus offers a great variety of sports to play but the squash courts in particular one of its notable highlights. The squash courts here also come with great changing rooms and just a short walk from the closest bus station.
Sportslink is a great option to play squash in the north of the city, not far from Dublin airport. The venue boasts 2 states of the art squash courts that are available on a pay-as-you-play basis.
Rest of UK
Swan Pool and Leisure Centre in Buckingham is another great place to play squash. The venue offers well-maintained changing rooms and parking on site. The squash courts are available to hire on a pay-as-you-play basis from 6.30am-10pm on weekdays and 8am-6pm on weekends.
Finally, Stanley Deason Leisure Centre in Brighton is another great venue to play squash. Situated on the east side of the city, this venue boasts. Fantastic squash court with well-kept changing rooms. Available to hire on a pay-as-you-play basis, these squash courts are open from 8.30am-10.30pm on weekdays and 9am-8.30pm on weekends.