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Henderson Squash Club makes double hit on world stage

Family-friendly Henderson Squash Club (HSC) is hitting new heights on the international squash scene. Two junior members have been selected to represent New Zealand at the Junior World Championships in Nancy, France. They are the latest in a long list of New Zealand representative players, and the club is justifiably proud.

HSC is one of Auckland’s largest and oldest clubs. Officially opened in 1960, the club has been at the forefront of New Zealand squash for over 60 years.

According to Committee member Neil Rossin, HSC continues to grow in popularity. Unlike other sports clubs, Neil says HSC has managed to ride out Covid with membership numbers intact.

‘We have a strong junior side to the club with 94 members. And the senior game continues to be popular with 431 players,’ says Neil.

And it’s no wonder with the top-class facilities HSC has to offer. The club boasts six international-sized squash courts and newly renovated changing facilities. Plus, there's a large clubroom with a licensed bar and kitchen facilities for a post-match catch-up.

According to Neil, HSC welcomes players of all ages and abilities. There are inter-club competitions and tournaments for competitive players. However, there’s also lots of fun, social squash on offer.

The senior Friday night league is one of the club’s most popular events. Players of similar abilities are paired together, and dinner and drinks are available in the clubrooms afterwards.

Furthermore, the club hosts a school holiday programme that’s always in demand. It’s the perfect opportunity to try a new sport, make friends and keep active.

Casual players are also welcome to use HSC’s facilities. There’s an easy online booking system, and the club will even throw in some rackets if needed.

A dedicated committee of volunteers runs HSC. Neil explains that membership fees are kept as low as possible. However, a range of sponsors and funders helps keep the show on the road. And a successful application to the Your West Support Fund saw an extra $5,000 in the club's coffers.

‘The funding has gone towards our administrator’s salary costs,’ explains Neil. He says that help with salaries is always hard to come by.

‘The administrator is essential to the smooth running of the club,' says Neil. 'We're really grateful for the Your West Support Fund, which has helped us keep going,' he adds.

HSC’s Mason Smales and Apa Fatialofa are heading off to the Junior World Championships in August. We wish them well as they prepare to take on the best in the world.

You’ll find Henderson Squash Club at 63 Buscomb Avenue, Henderson.