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.”


Courtcraft PU for Stretford Grammar School

The Courtcraft know how delivers the best guarantee for our customers. At Stretford Grammar School we have installed a new high performance polyurethane surface in the Sports Hall. The heart of their extensive enrichment programme includes the ambition to provide every student with the opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life. Extra- curricular sport at the school will not be the same now with this fabulous addition.

The old floor was not wearing well at the school; we advised the best option was to install our new Courtcraft PU product, perfect for indoor sports and activities with a specially cushioned multi-purpose sports surface that is seamless. The perfect choice.

Tested, certified and manufactured under factory conditions, Courtcraft PU is designed to maximise stability, longevity and safety, with natural shock-absorbing qualities. It enhances performance, providing good traction and resilience. The polyurethane adhesive, prefabricated rubber mat, polyurethane pore filler, 2mm self-levelling polyurethane wear layer and water based, low odour polyurethane top coat were applied on site by our own in house craftsmen. Look at the ‘before’ and ‘after’ images on our website and you will see how the Sports Hall was transformed with the installation of the new floor.

This co-educational foundation Grammar School will now benefit from the new ‘5 plus 2’ version of the Courtcraft PU product – low cost maintenance and an easy to clean surface with no polishing or buffing needed, only regular sweeping and an occasional wet clean. Most importantly, the students in Stretford have a fabulous upgraded sports surface.

Thomas Smith of Courtcraft said, ‘The Courtcraft PU product is a great new addition to our range of top quality flooring available. Perfect for sports halls it was the natural selection when advising Stretford Grammar School on their choices. We hope the students enjoy the new surface which looks absolutely fabulous’.


Bristol Grammar School Gets a Courtcraft Makeover

Courtcraft has just finished a complete renovation at Bristol Grammar School. After being invited to assess the current situation of the school’s four squash courts, we came up with the best solution to transform the courts into pristine condition.

The existing squash court panels were bowed, loose and damaged and were causing a major problem for the school.

We installed our Courtcraft renovation panel system to the front walls after removing and discarding the existing broken panels to the front wall; all the sand was then removed from the cavity before new renovation panels were installed, glued and screwed to the existing alloy framework. The new surface was then filled, sanded to produce no visible joints, before the existing sand was replaced with a top up where required; finally two coats of our own unique water based two pack squash court paint was applied to all playwalls (including the side walls) that were renovated as part of the makeover.

In addition to the work on front and side walls, the existing maple flooring was removed on all four courts. A new secondary damp proof membrane was installed followed by the installation of new Junckers Sylvasquash unsealed Classic grade to all courts.

The final makeover comprised installing new Armourcoat tin batten systems to all courts and new line markings in red games paint.

Thomas Smith, Managing Director of Courtcraft, said ‘We are delighted to have completed this very prestigious job for Bristol Grammar School. Squash players will notice a huge difference when they arrive back at school in September and we hope they have a successful and enjoyable season. It is always nice for everyone involved in this project to receive positive feedback and reflections from the school have appreciated the professional way we handled the project.’

‘The team at Courtcraft undertook the recent refurbishment of our four squash courts on-time, within budget and in a courteous and professional manner.’

B Tavener
Facilities Manager
Bristol Grammar School