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New squash club set to launch in Lichfield

A new Lichfield squash club is hoping to help the sport thrive in the city.

Chris Truswell

Chris Truswell

The club – which will operate at King Edward VI Leisure Centre and Friary Grange Leisure Centre – will launch on March 4 with demonstration match between professional Chris Truswell and city player Jonathan Tate.

Michael Fabricant MP will also attend the 2pm event and organisers are hoping to persuade him to take on the pro on court!

Lichfield Squash Club chairman James Roberts said: “The Friary league once boasted over 20 divisions but over the years, this has declined to just seven and we could not just stand by and allow this decline to continue.

“We want to promote squash because it is a fantastic sport, requiring a combination of skill, physical fitness and tactical nous all in one sport. It provides a brilliant workout, is never disrupted by the weather and is relatively inexpensive to take up and participate in.

“We are hoping that the club, by acting as the focal point for the sport and offering an exciting array of activities and events, will ensure that we attract new and returning players, as well as encourage existing players to play more often.”

The club will be affiliated to England Squash and Racketball, the sport’s official governing body, and membership will cost £15 for a year. A discount of £1 per court has been specially negotiated with Lichfield District Council, which means that most regular players will make their annual membership fees back in a short space of time.

Members will also benefit from 10 per cent discount off squash related purchases at Alpha Sports in Market Street, Lichfield.

For more information visit or contact James Roberts by emailing or calling 07816 620504.

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