Have Your Squash Courts Got The Right Stuff?

January is upon us and now's the time that most people hit the squash court in an attempt to lose the extra holiday weight and get back into shape.

Squash Courts Maintenance

This means that it's more important than ever for your courts to be looking their best! Fortunately Squash Court Maintenance is a simple enough procedure. Some squash court contractors may offer minimum-priced refurbishment services, using inexpensive products to do so. However it's important to use the correct products when carrying out any form of maintenance work. Using incorrect products to look after your squash courts will only lead to more work & more expense in the future. Consequently, negating any original savings that you may have received.

Courtcraft only use the correct squash court materials, approved by England Squash or World Squash when renovating your squash courts. Amongst our many services, we offer our specialist renovation squash court paint. This is not only an approved squash court paint, but most of all it maintains its colour & consistency for years. Using the correct cleaning solutions is just as important, as using the wrong products will only damage your courts. Here at Courtcraft, we use the highest rated products available. What does this mean? Any squash courts maintained by us are kept to the highest standard achievable, and you can't argue with those kind of results.

It's also important that you have all the information that you need when you're thinking about the upkeep of your squash courts. So give us a ring and speak to the team today. We can answer any questions or queries that you have on your mind, allowing you to feel safe in the knowledge that your squash courts maintenance is taken care of. Call us on 01942 881500 or simply fill out the contact form below and we'll get back to you shortly.

 

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Courtcraft Complete Work for Kier on Former RAF Air Force Base

As a new school, located at the heart of Heyford Park in Oxfordshire, Heyford Free School provides an environment that equips pupils with a ‘can do’ attitude and the school is currently working to refurbish buildings to the highest possible standard for future pupils.

The excellent range of facilities are located on one of the UK’s most exciting sites of historical importance, using fully refurbished buildings once used by both the RAF and US Air Force, including the stunning Officers Mess.

Courtcraft are delighted to have worked with Kier Group plc on this education sector project at Heyford, to provide new facilities at the school. In the Sports Hall & Drama Studio, Courtcraft installed a Junckers 22mm SylvaSport Premium Beech floor on levelling cradles, followed by Badminton, Netball, Basketball and Volleyball line markings, as well as a coat of HP seal

For squash players, there is now a new front wall renovation panel system, patch repaired and painted side walls, a new Junckers floor and new tin. Of course fully line marking was also included.

Thomas Smith, Managing Director at Courtcraft, said, ‘Another project has been completed and we are very pleased to have been able to work with Kier on the facility improvement programme at Heyford Free School. It was an unusual and very interesting project working on a former air force base. Not something we have done before!’


Before and after at Kirkcudbright Squash Club

After a massive fund raising effort by Kirkcudbright people for their own squash courts, Kirkcudbright Squash Club was born in 1981. Recent water damage meant the two squash courts needed refurbishment and Courtcraft were pleased to be selected to do this.

The damaged plaster was removed and re-plastered, the courts were painted with waterproof paint, new tins were installed, new floors were put down and both courts were fully re-marked.

The clubhouse is situated next to the swimming pool, behind Kirkcudbright Academy in the Castledykes area of the town and it is hoped that the work done will encourage more visitors to come along as a guest of a member or independently.

Thomas Smith, Managing Director of Courtcraft, said, ‘’The transformation at Kirkcudbright is there for all to see. We were very pleased to manage and deliver the project and hope that all the members and visitors enjoy playing on the newly re-furbished courts.’


Inaugural Courtcraft Nick Matthew Academy Steel City Open a Huge Success

The inaugural Courtcraft / Nick Matthew Academy Steel City Open in Sheffield was a huge success and after four days Greg Lobban (Scotland) won the final in classic style.

The top PSA world ranked player in the tournament and the No 1, he came to Hallamshire in fine form and on the back of some recent high class performances at World Tour events. Making the first round of the US Open, and last 32 in the World Championships, will move him higher up the rankings.

George Parker National under 19 Champion has had a tremendous tournament knocking out two seeds on is ways to the final.

Introduced on court to a packed house by Andrew Nickeas, Nick Matthew gave a short profile of the players during the knock up to the delight of all the spectators.

Both players started brightly testing each other and trying to command the tee. Parker opened the scoring; Lobban replied Parker then delayed and completely sent his opponent the wrong way 2-1 and a good start from Parker. Lobban started to apply pressure, working the ball all over the court changing the pace not letting Parker settle. His reward was three consecutive points, the first a sublime forehand drop followed by two unforced errors from Parker trying desperately to get back into the game.

After a longish rally Parker finished it with a beautifully executed forehand drop. Lobban now fleet of foot covering the court with grace applied more pressure on Parker resulting in four straight points to lead 8-3. An exchange of points with one game ball saved by Parker took Lobban to game ball 10-6. A duel of drops in the next rally Lobban pulled out of his bag of tricks a perfect cross court lob Parker retrieved for Lobban to execute a forehand drop with Parker stranded in the back of the court. First game to Lobban 11-6.

Again Parker lead the second 4-2, Lobban stepped up is game put Parker under more pressure and started commanding the tee, dominating the rallies winning them or forcing Parker to make mistakes to take it to 9-4. Parker secured his last point of the game with one off his favourite shots a backhand cross court volley drop. But the next two points to Lobban in quick succession closed the game out 11-5.

Complete dominance in the third by Lobban secured the match. Parker tried hard, worked hard, and never gave up but the extra pace movement and ‘courtcraft’ of Lobban proved too much for Parker on the day.

Winning clutches of points in succession with token resistance from Parker, Lobban secured the game and Match 11/5, 3-0 games to nil, in 31 minutes.

One hour before the final of the Courtcraft Nick Matthew Academy Steel City Open, you could find three times World Champion Nick Matthew on court coaching some of his Academy juniors. All credit should go to Nick and Prosquash Events for promoting and staging the PSA 5K Challenger.

There needs to be more of these Challenger events to help and assist our younger players in their chosen profession.

Greg Lobban commented in his after match interview, “It took a while to break George down; he is such a strong young player. It was a pleasure to play in front of such a great crowd. We don’t normally get this size of crowd at a 5K. Thanks to the club, Nick and Courtcraft for their sponsorship and support and to Prosquash for their great organisation”

Nick Matthew commented. “Courtcraft, Hallamshire, myself and Prosquash Events are delighted with how the 1st year has gone. The crowd support and media coverage we have received for a 5K Challenger event has been fantastic. A plan to improve for next year’s event is already under way and we intend to run a 10K Challenger event, minimum. Congratulations to all the young players who gave us a great level of squash to watch throughout the week, but especially to Greg Lobban who played a dynamic brand of squash to become a worthy winner of the inaugural event, and to George Parker on his first PSA final at 18 years of age.”

Managing Director of Courtcraft, Thomas Smith, said, ‘This has been a successful title sponsorship of the inaugural tournament in Sheffield. We are pleased that such a strong list of young talented squash players turned out in this first Courtcraft Nick Matthew Academy event. Congratulations to winner Craig Lobban and thanks to everyone who has been involved in the tournament including our hosts at the Hallamshire’.

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Courtcraft Steel City Open Final

Today has seen the final of the inaugural Courtcraft Nick Matthew Academy Steel City Open event, held at the Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club over the last 4 days.

The PSA £5,000 prize money event featured 16 World Ranked, young professionals in a knockout format including players from Bermuda, New Zealand and South Africa as well as home grown talent from within the UK.

In today’s final Greg Lobban beat George Parker 3-0. Greg Lobban was a Scottish representative at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow.

Home to three time World Squash Champion, and 6 times British Champion, Nick Matthew, the Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club has recently had extensive refurbishment work (including replacing 6 squash court floors) done on its courts by title sponsor Courtcraft, the leading squash court contractor in the UK.

Managing Director of Courtcraft, Thomas Smith, said, ‘This has been our first sponsorship of the tournament in Sheffield. We are pleased that such a strong list of young talented squash players turned out in this first Courtcraft Nick Matthew Academy event. Congratulations to winner Greg Lobban and thanks to everyone who has been involved in the tournament including our hosts at the Hallamshire.’


Draw Made for The Courtcraft Nick Matthew Academy Steel City Open, 5K PSA Challenger Event

The PSA have released the draw for the Courtcraft Nick Matthew Academy Steel City Open event to be held at the Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club between Thursday the 27th and Sunday the 30th November 2014. Run over four days, the PSA $5,000 prize money event will feature 16 World Ranked, young professionals in a knockout format. The tournament includes players from Bermuda, New Zealand and South Africa as well as home grown talent from within the UK; Ashley Davies and AdamTurner represent the Hallamshire, and James Earles has local Yorkshire connections whilst Kevin Moran and Greg Lobban were Scottish representatives at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow.

Home to three time World Squash Champion, and 6 times British Champion, Nick Matthew, the Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club is currently having extensive refurbishment work (including replacing 6 squash court floors) done on its courts by title sponsor Courtcraft, the leading squash court contractor in the UK.

Managing Director of Courtcraft, Thomas Smith, said, ‘The build up to the tournament has been well supported, starting with the Night of Champions a few weeks ago. We are pleased that such a strong list of young talented squash players will be playing in this first Courtcraft Nick Matthew Academy event and look forward to seeing it develop over the next few years’.

Promoter, Trevor Davies of Prosquash Events said, ‘We are pleased to have such a reputable and long established brand name associated with this event. Courtcraft are well known as experts in their field throughout the UK squash world. We are proud to be working alongside such an inspirational player as Nick. He, and the club have supported this project 100% and are keen to see it evolve. We started with a 1K Closed Satellite Event in 2013, so to hold our 2nd event at the club, and our first 5K Challenger, shows we are progressing in the right direction. This is a very exciting time for Prosquash Events and the Hallamshire, as we hope to build the tournament over the next few years into a major Sheffield event.’


Courtcraft Helps Transform Derelict Building Into Community Centre

The Well community centre, a formerly derelict building at Haw Hill in Normanton, West Yorkshire has been transformed into a thriving local community centre. As one of the contributors to the project, Courtcraft is delighted to have helped provide flooring, resources and labour free of charge.

After six months of work on the project, the community centre known as The Well @ Haw Hill Park is now open. It was officially opened by Shadow Home Secretary and Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract & Castleford Yvette Cooper.

Jenny Farrall-Bird, Community Project Manager of The Well Project said:
“Our aim is to see over 5,000 people benefit from this project. The new centre will allow us to expand the support we offer the community, from children to mothers and toddlers, and for pensioners and unemployed people.’’

Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary and Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract & Castleford said:
“The Well Project has been delivering fantastic youth facilities for Normanton for years and I’m honoured to have been able to officially open the fantastic new facilities alongside staff, supportive partners and most importantly the children who’ll be using the centre.’’

Thomas Smith, Managing Director of Courtcraft said:
‘’When Interserve asked us to get involved as one of their contractors, we were delighted to do our bit to help to renovate the centre so that young people have a great new space to come to.”