Welcome to the Durham & Cleveland Squash Website for the 2019/2020 season

Return to squash statement 21 May 2020

Dear Club,
It continues to be a frustrating time for clubs and players who are keen to return to playing squash. Current Government guidelines are clear that indoor sports clubs cannot reopen, and this includes squash clubs. We are all passionate about the sport and desperate to get back to playing, but we must all recognise that the return will take time and must be approached with both caution and care. In the meantime, we must all continue to follow the Government guidance.

Over recent weeks, we have been working closely with Sport England, the PSA and other squash nations to establish best practices and sensible measures that we can all take to ensure that clubs can open safely and that risks to players and staff are minimised. In preparation, we are developing a downloadable COVID-19 toolkit for clubs to support the return to squash, which will include items such as step-by-step guidance for reopening, safety posters and a pro forma risk assessment template. The toolkit will be released when the guidelines from Government are clear and it will be made available to all clubs.

For now, there are issues clubs could begin to discuss and plan for, including:

1. Leadership and management 
Establish whether staff can safely return to work under Government guidelines and if there is a minimum number of staff required to open and run the club. Is there someone in your team that can take the lead regarding COVID-19 and what support can they be given? At what point is it financially viable for the club to open, remembering there is very likely to be reduced income from bookings and secondary spend.

2. Club access and environment
All clubs are unique so consider what changes are required to minimise risk at your facility including safe entry and exit of the club, and also how you could stop or limit use of the communal spaces. It is likely that any café/bar, changing facilities and showers will be closed at first, so what implications will this have? For instance, it will be necessary to ensure the club has sufficient cleaning and hygiene products and a more frequent cleaning schedule.

3. Court bookings
Review the court booking system to ensure that you can trace, contact and record who has been into the club and when. Consider your booking policy, as advance bookings are the safest way to regulate the number of people attending the club. Review how long is required between court bookings to allow for cleaning all common surfaces.

4. Members/players
We all have a part to play in returning to squash safely. Members will need to adopt new habits such as taking spare towels and arriving to play ready in their kit, bringing their own water and even a small first aid kit, which might be unusual for them. How will you best communicate these changes with your members and keep them and your staff safe?

We will continue to update you via email and social media as the situation evolves and will keep our COVID-19 dedicated page up-to-date with the latest information and resources.

Best regards,

The England Squash team

UPDATE - APRIL 2020

The committee have agreed to postpone the AGM until further notice.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - COVID-19 - MONDAY 16TH MARCH

FOLLOWING THE GOVERNMENT'S ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY, FOR PEOPLE TO AVOID SOCIAL CONTACT AND GATHERINGS WHERE POSSIBLE, WE ARE NOW ADVISING THAT ALL FUTURE FIXTURES AND CUP COMPETITIONS INCLUDING THE NEW RACKET BALL LEAGUE (MENS AND LADIES) ARE NOW POSTPONED.

THE PLANNED PRESENTATION NIGHT IN APRIL IS ALSO POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE.

ENGLAND SQUASH HAVE RELEASED A STATEMENT TODAY WHICH CAN BE VIEWED HERE.

FURTHER UPDATES AS WE GET THEM WILL APPEAR HERE.

THANKS FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION IN THIS MATTER.
FUNDING



The County has received funding from England Squash which can be allocated to individual clubs.   The funding is up to £200 per club and is to be used to increase participation in squash, for example, a schools’ programme, Squash 101 57 coaching session, a have-a-go day, Squash Girls Can session, etc.

For more information click here

Thanks to Wellsprings Properties Limited for sponsoring the 2019/2020 season.
This is the 17th season they have sponsored DCSRA and we thank them for their support.


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