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Play Squash All the Time - If Only!

Published: 20 Jan 2006 - 22:57 by raystrach

Updated: 25 Jan 2006 - 10:40

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A  lot of people think, that just because you work in the Squash/sport industry, you can play Squash all the time. Nothing could be further from the truth. If only I had a 9 - 5 job, working for a boss, I would be able to play Squash far more often than I do now.

I have not been able to post my daily diary for the last couple of days because I have been working on a Squash centre. No, not building one (although I used to be a builder), but working on a Squash centre business.

Part of what I have been doing over the past few years is to develop ideas which help develop Squash centre businesses. Although I have been busy installing computer software, and training the squash centre manger  how to use it, there was almost no time to actually play.

Luckily, the manager was as big a squash nut as me, so after a long day, at about 10 pm, we were able to go head to head. I find it very relaxing to play a semi social game after a long day's work, and this one was no exception. Better luck next time William!!

Unfortunately, because of how busy we were trying to fit all that had to be done into a limited time frame (i had flights to catch etc), I did very little else over the past 3 days. Tomorrow, I will get into it again. I will be incorporating a little more mental exercises over the next few weeks in an attempt to make me a tougher competitor, especially against better quality opposition.squash game squash extras How to add images to Members' Forum posts and replies here... PSA Squash TV - North American Open 2012


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From raystrach - 25 Jan 2006 - 10:40

yes viper

did some coaching in a centre in brisbane, australia a few years ago owned by a so called industry leader. apart from the cob webs etc, there were things on the notice board that were more than 5 years out of date.

don't ask me what's going on. that club is now demolished  as if you need to be told.

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From Viper - 21 Jan 2006 - 09:36

This sounds very very interesting, maybe Will can contribute here on the forums.

Having a case study to follow from go to finish would be a great asset for other venue managers. (clearly your aim with your business)


Running a Blog through the progress would be a great read.

Give it a go Will !

Something that hit home the other day when I was playing at those courts which are about to be knocked down. Atmosphere/facilities/the building etc plays a big part in the dynamic of the squash experience.

This place was an absolute dump, a depressing hole, and whats more it was not a recent decline as one could see all the fixtures and fittings untouched from the 70's !

I play at a fantastic place it is bright, airy, well ventilated, colourful and delight to be in whether one is playing squash or not.

Modern people will NOT tolerate dumps anymore, our expectation of service is just too high.

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From raystrach - 21 Jan 2006 - 09:17

thanks for your interest viper

you can be assured that you will hear about the progress of the trial which is taking place in southern New South Wales, Australia.

Unfortunately, the history of Squash in this particular venue is one that I have seen all too often. it has had a recent history of extremely poor management where players continue to play in spite of all the difficulties. That will now change with an enthusiastic and committed lessee.

I just hope the building's owners give him a real chance to make the operation profitable again. Will has done extremely well so far considering all the circumstances of his recent take up of the lease. I am pretty sure he will do well.

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From Viper - 21 Jan 2006 - 06:50

Hi Ray,

I would be interesting to follow this squash centers journey using your business model, a case study so to speak, the business would not be named of course.

What is the state of affairs as far as participation and interest in squash at present at the place ?

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