What is it?
Squash is a raquet sport played by two (singles) or four players (doubles) in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. The players alternate in striking the ball with their raquet and hit the ball onto the playable surfaces of the four walls of the court.
There are lines around the court which outline the area in which the ball is considered in play – if the ball is hit out of these lines, or if an opponent fails to return the ball the point is lost. The person with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
Why is it good for me?
- Squash provides an intense cardiovascular and muscular workout
- Improves reaction, agility, and hand-eye coordination due to its closed space and speed of play
- It’s a very sociable game – with a match lasting around 40 minutes, you can take on your friends or colleagues during your lunch break
How much does it cost?
Most leisure centres allow you to pay and play without signing up for a membership, and courts tend to cost between £5 and £10 per hour. Joining a club can cost around £30 a year which is much better value, and gives you access to competitions, coaching and a thriving social network.
What equipment do I need?
Most clubs and centres have raquets and balls available to hire for a low cost so you just need to bring:
- Sports shorts
- Indoor trainers (do check with the club or centre about non-marking soles though)