Bowdon Club, South Downs Road, Bowdon, unveiled its new state-of-the art squash facility, supported by Sport England, on Friday 15 September with a guest appearance by Nick Matthews OBE, the most decorated British squash player of all time.
Nick, whose achievements include a number 1 world ranking; three world titles; three times British Open Champion; and a double Commonwealth Games gold medallist, officially opened the new show court and provided an evening of world class squash entertainment for the sell-out crowd of over 100 members.
The centrepiece of the £180,000 project, financed by the club’s own 10 year fundraising drive and an Inspired Facilities Grant from £75,000 from Sport England, is a brand new, glass-backed, show court and Bowdon’s own Adam Murrills, ranked 86th in the world, took on Nick on the night in the show piece game.
The new Chairman of the Squash and Racketball Section, Steve Kettle, said: “I feel I am taking over on the crest of a wave. Thanks to Sport England and the support and commitment of our members, we have new facilities, new changing rooms and new courts. There’s a lot going on and we are delighted to be a very active member of the local community.The event was sponsored by Handlesbanken and Ian Noke, Branch Manager of the Bank’s Altrincham branch and a Bowdon Club member, said that they were delighted to be involved. “It was a great event and Handlesbanken was proud to support a facility that is used and enjoyed by so many local people.”
Kettle concluded: “These are very exciting times and I am confident that the fantastic new facilities will be a real boost to all existing members and, hopefully, to a generation of new members.”