A Brief History
Southport & Birkdale Cricket Club built the original two squash courts at the height of the squash boom in the early 1970's as a way of raising money to support the cost of cricket at the club.
Opened in 1974 as the third squash facility in Southport it soon had a full complement of 300 squash playing members. Competition was fierce with, at it's peak, some 30 internal mini leagues.
At it's height in the 1980s Southport had four clubs with a total of 15 courts and 1000's of players
With the decline in the popularity of squash in the U.K. Southport has lost all but six courts in three venues; with S & B being the only club committed to the long term provision of top quality squash facilities. This commitment has been recognised by squash players from the other local clubs who have moved to S & B for the higher standard of squash and the opportunity to play in the North West Counties Squash League(NWCSL). This increased pressure on our two courts at peak time and a decision was made to apply to Sport England for a grant to build a new glass backed court
In 2014 our grant application was successful and we were awarded a grant of £75000 from the Sport England "Inspired Facilities"fund (money generated by the 2012 London Olympics) we were also awarded an additional grant of £20000 from England Squash to fully fund our new glass back squash court. Work began in June 2015, with a significant amount of extra money raised from social events plus added value work done by volunteer members. The court was finished and opened in November 2015 by the, then, World number 1 women's squash player Laura Massaro.
Our Show Court Opening Ceremony with S & B Squash Chairman Brian Birch and Laura Massaro
Our club competes in the North West Counties Squash League and we have, considering our small size, been very successful. In our time we have competed in the NWCSL 1st division on three separate occasions; competing against nationally ranked players. Our best result was to finish second in the league, qualifying for the National League (an invitation we could not afford to accept).
Like all squash club's we have been badly effected by the Covid pandemic. We have had to concede our place in the NWCSL 1st division due to lack of money. The 1st team costs were met by money raised by members from fund raising functions and events. For early 2020 for 2 years this has not been possible.
Our 1st team squad included the World ranked 16 Daryl Selby, Wales No.2 Emyr Evans, Former Women's World No.1 Laura Massaro and husband, elite coach, Danny Massaro.
We continue to compete in the NWCSL with 3 teams for season 2022 / 2023.
History to be Continued