£50,000 boost for town sports club

Tim Verdon put the finishing touches on Horncastle Squash Club
Tim Verdon put the finishing touches on Horncastle Squash Club

Officials at Horncastle Squash Club are celebrating after completing a £50,000 programme of improvements at their Hemingby Lane base.

The work has been supported by Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Programme with club members rasing funds themselves.

The club now has a state of the art ‘air source system’ to heat their squash courts.

There are new boilers for the central heating and hot water systems.

Both changing rooms have been refurbished to include new showers and toilets.

A new kitchen area has been installed, close to the existing bar.

Dot Payne, project coordinator, said: “We are really pleased with the outcome. Everyone using the club has noticed the obvious improvements.

“The committee hopes this will not only attract more use of the club but ensure our energy use will be more efficient for many years to come.”

The club boasts three squash teams, featuring a combination of youth and experience.

Teenage twins Katie and Daniel Wells are rated among the best prospects in the country.

The complex also features a weight room and snooker room.

The weight room is used by Horncastle Powerlifting Club which, has several nationally ranked performers on its books.

Already, the new changing rooms have proved popular with pupils from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Banovallum School and Horncastle Primary School.

The club is keen to attract more local clubs and organisations.

Officials have announced a special open day on Saturday March 8.

It will start at 12noon with an ‘open house’ for people to try out squash or racketball, free of charge. Equipment is available.

There will be a junior tournament at 2pm and ladies racketball at 4pm, followed by a series of exhibition matches for members and guests in the evening.