Thursday 25 December 2014

A few tips to get you started

The Irish squash website is the best site for all things squash here in Ireland (Irishsquash.com).

It has a list of clubs across the country, and you can become a member for a year for just €20. Doing so allows you to enter tournaments, helps you get in touch with players of all levels and keeps you up to date on all squash news throughout the season.

Now you know which club you want to join, the next tip would be to arrange a lesson. Most squash clubs will have professionals on hand who will be ready and willing to get you started.

If you're getting a lesson, I recommend bringing a friend along. It's always good to try new things with someone along for moral support, and it will also help with the cost of the lesson.

Once you have a few lessons under your belt, it's time to join a league. This is also a great way to meet other club members.

The leagues here in Ireland consist of the top players in the country, right through to beginner levels.

You may have to challenge up the ladder to make a team, but a bit of healthy competition never hurt anyone.

Finally, as I mentioned, squash is a fast-paced game, so if you have any existing medical, in particular heart conditions, I would recommend visiting a GP to make sure you're good to go before diving in.

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