The Grange Squash Club
Welcome to Grange Squash ClubPlease find below some information on our very fine club. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the relevant committee member listed below.
Club FacilitiesFive courts in excellent condition all with viewing balcony, two of them glass backed. Heating controlled by thermostat and well lit. Changing facilities with showers are accessed with the key you will be provided with on joining the club. There are lockers for keeping valuables and bags safe whilst on court. After your game you would be very welcomed in the bar upstairs (open every evening and during the afternoon over the weekend).
There is parking at the club and this is accessible 24 hours.
Your key will give you access should the gates be closed.
Along with the squash club, the Grange homes tennis, cricket and ladies & men’s hockey clubs. Many members of the squash club are also members of these other clubs.
We run an excellent on‐line booking system that allows you to book games up to 2 weeks in advance. In addition you can connect to the booking system from a computer in the squash courts. A monitor in the squash courts shows you which court you booked!
When you can playThe courts are available between 10am and 10pm 7 days a week (except on the odd days when the whole club is on reduced hours, such as Christmas Day, Hogmanay etc). Playing times are split into 45 minute slots.
What to wear
If you are new to squash I would recommend loose fitting clothing to allow easy movement. Those of us who get a little sweaty also choose to wear sweat bands or bandanas. A small towel can also be beneficial. Clearly if you do not get sweaty you’re not trying hard enough!
Whether new or not, all players must only wear gum coloured non marking squash shoes. These shoes must not have been used outside and they must be clean. This is for your safety because tiny particles of dust make the courts slippy.
Double yellow dot squash balls and grips can be purchased from behind the bar and there are a few spare racquets available should you break a string during a game. There are a couple of members who carry out restringing services should you need this. There is a drop-off and return collection point at the club for your racquet. Have a look on the members' notice board for details.
Guests are welcome for a nominal fee of £5 a game but you are limited to bringing 1 guest a month and we ask that you only bring the same guest 3 times in any 12 month period. Guests need to be signed in and payment made at the bar or placed in an envelope and posted in the guest box in the squash corridor.
Lessons & Coaching
We have several qualified coaches. Contact details are on the coaching page.
An Under 16s club is run on Saturday afternoons by John Bain and Fiona Mclaren. For more information, please contact John on the contacts page.
There is also a bit more information on the joining page.
Our Child Protection policy
Our Child Protection policy decision chart
MinileaguesThroughout the year the club runs mixed minileagues. This allows players of all standards to get games with players of similar ability. Minileagues are usually made up of 5 or 6 players with each minileague lasting 5 weeks (winter) or 7 weeks (summer). Each match is the best of 5 games, and we use the PAR 15 (point a rally) scoring system. At the end of each minileague period players are graded on their results to determine their position in the next minileague. This season there were 19 minileagues catering for beginners all the way through to those who also play in the East of Scotland squash leagues. The winter minileague results are posted on our blog. Under 18 year olds are welcome to join the minileagues but need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. There is a small fee for inclusion in the minileagues which covers the costs for trophies and prizes.
Along with the minileagues there are a number of competitions played throughout the winter season (September to April). These range from mixed handicapped competitions playing PAR 15 scoring that allows games between players several minileagues apart to the open club championship where the best player wins. Much silverware, squash equipment, bottles of plonk and of course the important club kudos available to be won. There is a small fee for inclusion in the competitions which covers the costs for trophies and prizes.
There are currently 4 open/men’s teams and a ladies team playing in the East of Scotland Squash leagues Matches are played against other clubs in and around Edinburgh. For more details contact a committee member on the contacts page. We also have National league ladies’ and men’s teams.
Each Friday is club night, where you can turn up and play whoever else turns up. Each game lasts 15 minutes and you play as many games as you want before retreating to the bar to discuss...or not.
Throughout the year the squash club and main club arrange a number of social events ranging from quizzes and discos to dinners and outdoor BBQs. Guests are welcome to all these.
What it costs to join
The fees set by the Grange Club are very competitive. The cost depends on type of membership and number of sports (squash, tennis, hockey, cricket) you subscribe to. Please download the New Member Application Form from the main Grange Club website for prices.
What to do next
If you have any queries please ask anyone on the contacts page. If you wish to visit the club, please to arrange a tour.
If you would like to join the club, please pick the relavent application form from our joiners page and either return it to the address at the bottom of this page, or drop it in to the bar.
Who to contact
For contact details please go to the contacts page. Thank you! The Grange Squash Club, The Grange Club, Portgower Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH4 1HQ