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Whether you are a seasoned racket player or getting involved for the first time, you’ll find squash and racketball an exciting, indoor court-based game that can be played all year round. Play a friend or join one of the many organised sessions within Cornwall which are tailored to support all ages and abilities to ensure anyone can get involved.

A squash game lasts around 40 minutes so can fit into busy lifestyles and is a great family activity. It’s relatively cheap too as leisure centre courts usually cost £4-£5 per person to hire for a singles match, £2-£2.50 for doubles and some group sessions also start from just £2.50 each. You’ll also find a thriving social scene in Cornwall with clubs who organise regular club nights, junior sessions, ladies nights, leagues and a range of competitions.

A good place to start is by attending a club night or signing up to a beginners course with one of the local coaches.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

There are many different brands, sizes and weights available, but as a rule, squash rackets tend to have a long handle and a small head, while squash 57 rackets have a large head. Prices start from as little as £10 and it’s worth visiting a shop with a selection of rackets to get a feel for what size and weight are right for you.  Most clubs have rackets available to use whilst you trial the sports.

It’s important to choose the right ball, as it’ll have an impact on your enjoyment. More advanced balls are less bouncy and take more time to warm up. The larger, bouncier balls will allow you more time to get a rally going and will help you develop the correct technique. 

There are four types of squash ball:

  • Pro balls are used by elite players and feature distinctive double yellow dot markings.
  • Competition balls are ideal for regular/club level players and have a single yellow dot.
  • Progress balls are for improving or recreational players. Slightly larger, with more bounce, these are plain black.
  • Max balls are larger and bouncier so good for beginners and are black with a blue dot.

For squash 57, there are two types of ball – blue balls are slightly bouncier so best for beginners while black balls are more suitable for experienced players. England Squash-approved balls are made by Dunlop.

It’s not all whites and headbands! Best to wear comfortable, athletic clothing that allows you to run around court. Some leisure providers and clubs may ask you to wear non-marking rubber soles that don’t leave marks on the court.

While eye injuries are rare in squash and squash 57, England Squash strongly recommends the wearing of protective eyewear on court for all players and coaches. This particularly applies when playing doubles and in junior squash, where eye protection is mandatory in competition.

Look for the British Standard BS7930.1 Squash on any eyewear you purchase to ensure the right quality.

WHERE TO PLAY?

As well as the clubs, there are also a number of pay and play locations across Cornwall. You’ll be surprised sometimes where squash courts are located, and you’re never too far away from a court. From leisure centres, hotels, sports clubs and even campsites!

Below are a list of the courts that we know about in Cornwall. If you’ve come across any more, or would like help in creating a court at your facility get in touch.

Bude Squash and Racketball Club is a friendly and social club situated in the town of Bude on the North Coast of Cornwall. It is a members-run club that was founded in the early 1930’s. It has two courts including a glass back, named after ex-Bude resident and former World Champion Jonah Barrington, and an enclosed court. Both have viewing galleries.

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Squash is a great way to have fun and get healthy, whatever your age or level of ability. From squash lessons to court hire, improve your fitness, refine your squash skills or simply have fun at a Better, Bodmin Leisure Centre.

With 2 courts at affordable prices available to book, why not get a rally going and build up a sweat with a fast-paced game of squash.

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Whether you’re looking to blow off some steam, or have a social game with a friend, our squash courts have something for you. We have a total of 2 Squash courts available, which can each accommodate 1 – 2 players.

Equipment, such as racquets and balls, is available to hire from Reception for £1.50 per person, but you are welcome to bring your own equipment if you prefer.

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We have two of the finest glass back squash courts in the South West, available for our members and hotel guests. 

We run child coaching sessions and have an adult club night every Tuesday at 6.30pm-10.00pm.

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Located in Helston, both former and serving RN personnel are welcome to use our facilities at RNAS Culdrose.

We’re equipped with two indoor squash courts, both of which have spectator facilities ideal for coaching, viewing competitions or watching your crewmates.

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A members club based in the heart of Falmouth.

Make getting active and keeping fit a lifestyle choice by playing tennis, squash or racketball.

Have fun while gaining support and coaching, whether you’re new to each game or you’re an accomplished player and want to improve your skills or competition play.

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Two Squash courts with ventilation and gallery viewing.

£7 an hour

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If you are looking for a great way to get fit, meet new people, and have fun, squash could be the sport for you. Squash provides an intense cardiovascular and muscular workout – perfect for burning calories.

With a match lasting around 40 minutes, there is always time in the day for a game with your family, friends or colleagues.

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A members club based in Penzance.

We offer a welcoming community of like-minded players, including beginners who are just getting started. Our club has plenty of opportunities for experienced players to challenge themselves and compete with others, as well as coaching services to help players improve their game.

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We are a small, friendly club, with a single court in Gerrans. We are always pleased to welcome new members, and we offer a temporary membership suitable for holidaymakers.

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We have squash courts, badminton courts and indoor five-a-side football and basketball open for booking. You don’t have to be a member or be in a club. Excellent facilities with free parking.

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Our small hall which is primarily a squash court is approximately 10 meters in length by 6.5 meters wide. The room has recently undergone a complete refurb including a new roof, ceiling, floor, and a fresh lick of paint.


The room costs £5 per hour to hire out and is perfect for games of squash and racket ball but can also be hired out for a range of other activities too.

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Truro Squash Club is run by its members on a non-profit making basis. The club has a warm, friendly environment, two standard courts and a glass back, male and female changing rooms with showers, a social area and bar.

Currently, we have just short of 100 members of all ages, abilities and some that just come to socialise.

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Our two glass backed squash courts are regularly hired out for Cornwall squash games as the facilities are ideal for spectators with viewing either from game level or from our viewing balcony.

Squash courts can be hired on an individual basis or can be booked by clubs on a regular hire basis. (Hire periods are for 45 minutes)

Price per 45 mins: £9.50

Rackets are available to hire from the sports centre at a cost of £1.00 per item. Balls can be borrowed.

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Located at the Wadebridge Sports Centre.

Our indoor Wadebridge Squash court is the only one in North Cornwall. Squash is a fun and challenging racquet sport that will test your agility, strategy, talent, as well as mental and physical strength. With 25 million fanatical players around the world, you’ll quickly become enthralled by this exciting, challenging, and athletic sport.

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Club Nights

All of our clubs in Cornwall have dedicated nights to allow current members and new players to play squash and/or racketball in a social and non-competitive way. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends and find players to have friendlies with. Most team players started off at club nights and got involved that way.

Get in touch to find out more about the club nights around the county.

There are six clubs affiliated to Cornwall Squash & Racketball

Bude, Bodmin, Falmouth, Newquay, Penzance & Truro

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