Henderson Squash Club is one of the largest in New Zealand. For over 60 years, the club has offered a friendly, family-orientated environment for players of all ages and abilities.
However, the club has faced several setbacks this year. The Auckland Anniversary floods destroyed three squash courts, and the club's kitchen was burnt down following an accidental fire. Thanks in part to the Your West Support Fund, Henderson Squash Club has rallied, and things are on the up.
Centrally located on Buscomb Avenue, Henderson Squash Club has over 600 members and offers first-rate facilities. The club boasts six international-sized courts and modern showers and changing rooms. The hugely popular Friday club nights see many players enjoy a game of squash followed by a social catch-up over drinks and a bite to eat.
There are plenty of opportunities for competitive players with club championships and tournaments. However, there’s also lots of fun, social squash. Casual players are welcome on a pay-as-you-go basis, with an easy online booking system. The club will even throw in some rackets if needed.
Henderson Squash Club has an outstanding junior programme. ‘We have around 80 junior members,’ says Club Manager Gerda Woite. She adds that juniors have their own club night on Wednesdays with specialist coaching and competitions.
Several junior members did the club and their families proud at the recent NZ Junior Squash Championships in Wellington. Elijah Delaney and Benji Jeffries took out the top spot in their age groups and were crowned NZ champions.
A dedicated committee of volunteers runs Henerson Squash Club. Gerda explains that membership fees are kept as low as possible. However, a range of sponsors and funders helps keep the show on the road, including the Your West Support Fund. Funding of $10,000 has gone towards operational costs, including paying the bills.
And the timing couldn’t have been better. With the flooding events and fire, club finances were stretched. ‘The Your West Support Fund really helped at a difficult time for us,’ says Gerda. ‘We’re very grateful for the support,’ she adds.
Squash is a fun sport. It also helps to improve the health and wellness of the community through physical activity and social connectedness. New members are always welcome, so check out Henderson Squash Club’s website for all you need to know.