The Red Beach Squash Club was formed in 1982, just prior to the official opening in 1983 of the new surf lifesaving clubrooms with its two squash courts. The club proved a hit with locals and for a period in the 1980's squash membership was closed at the maximum 250 playing members.
The Squash Club now has about 100 members, including competitive seniors and intermediates, juniors, off-peak members and associates.
Red Beach teams compete in regular interclub competitions run by Squash Auckland against teams throughout the region. Interclub competitions are held in autumn (single round), winter (double round) and spring (single round).
Squash players are graded according to a computerised grading system, enabling interclub teams to be reasonably evenly matched.
Senior interclub is held on Monday and Tuesday nights. Teams from Silverdale and Red Beach Squash are often combined.
Masters squash (over 40) is strong in Auckland and Red Beach teams have competed well in it. Unlike the format for senior squash, each masters division is like a travelling circus, with clubs taking turns to host the whole division each week.
Masters interclub is held on Wednesday nights.
Junior Club night is Monday nights during term time from 6pm to 8 pm. Professional coach Jarrod van Driel runs two 1-hour sessions. The cost for these sessions is $50 per term, although if the parent or student is a member at the club, then this is free. For more details on this programme, go to www.doubledotsquash.com and check out the Red Beach coaching information under the Programmes tab.
Squash clubs around the country hold tournaments every week of the year and registered players can enter any of them, provided they meet the grading requirements of the particular tournament.
The Red Beach club holds two senior tournaments for players B grade and below; a summer tournament is held in February and a winter tournament in July. A masters tournament is also held in the April/May time frame, as well as a Junior tournament each year. Further, the club holds its annual club championships each year in November.
The SuperChamps are a graded competition for club teams of 7 (5 playing in each round), playing first for the provincial title and the winner going on to the national competition. It’s an event that suits big clubs because of the large number of players of the same standard required to make up a team, but Red Beach has been one of the strongest small clubs in the country performing in this competition in recent years.Social Club:
Squash is a very social part of the Red Beach club. You can find a fair few members in the lounge on a Friday evening, when both the bar and kitchen are open, and if there’s a big football match on it’ll be televised on the big screen.
Bar Opening Hours:
The bar is licenced to open Monday-Thursday 12 noon - 11.00 pm. Actual opening times may vary.
On Fridays, the club is open from 4pm and meals are available from 5.30 - 8.30pm.
On Sundays the club is open for coffee & breakfasts from 9am -12 noon and the bar is open from 12 noon - 10.00 pm.
Membership & Annual Subscriptions for 2016:
Family: (includes children up to 18 yrs old): $600 pa or $50 monthly
Junior: (up to 18 yrs old): $100 pa or $10 monthly
Tertiary Student: $140 annual or $15 monthly
Non-Competitive: $250 pa or $25 monthly