Lottery grant is hot stuff for squash club

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East Lothian squash players will be able to play on warm courts this winter, thanks to a grant from Awards for All to the Tyne District Squash Club.

The gas heaters which had been keeping the Haddington club’s two squash courts at a balmy playing temperature for more than 30 winters were old and needed upgrading.

Unfortunately, the club had only just completed the replastering of the front walls and this had greatly depleted the club’s financial reserves. Fortunately, the problem was solved by a successful application to the lottery funder, which provided a grant of 80 per cent of the cost of the gas heater upgrade.

“This grant has been a tremendous boost for the club,” explained club president Fiona MacKenzie. “We now have two of the best courts in the East of Scotland, and these are a fantastic resource for East Lothian. We are seeing a steady stream of new members.

“Many of the new players are starting with racketball, which is similar to squash and played on the same courts but uses a bouncier ball and a shorter racquet. That makes it easier for beginners to get started with, and we now have several initiatives on the go with local schools. Who wouldn’t like to get out of the winter cold and dark and take their exercise on a nice warm court!”

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