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About the Club

The Black Lion Squash Club was formed in 1978 by the then management of the Black Lion Leisure Centre which is today the newly extended and prestigious Medway Park in Gillingham, Kent. In 1979 the management was given over to the Membership and it became a private Club.
If you want to learn or already play and would like to join our Club then we run Club nights at Brompton Barracks on a Tuesday (6pm - 9pm) Wednesday (6pm - 9pm) & Thursday (6.30pm - 9pm) and at the Medway Park Sports Centre on Saturday's from 3.30pm.

All levels of players from juniors to advanced are welcome. We have coaches from Level 1 to Level 3 to train juniors and give lessons to those that would like to improve their game. We run training evenings for juniors each Friday from 5.40 until 7.00pm at the Centre. Please see the contact details under the Coaching tab.

For more information please use the email link below or contact Dinesh Bansal on 07767 251142

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News & Announcements

New Squash Play

Posted by Tariq Chaudry, Sunday, 9th August 2020 @ 12:51am

  • Hi All,

    Just a quick heads up to let you know that squash is now back on Medway park booking page for next week.  Squash will be open from Monday, please adhere to the guidelines set out by England Squash for everybody’s safety, all players are ONLY allowed to play sides unless they are playing with members of their own household or support bubble for those that live alone and require support.

    Sides

    An adapted version of the game for two players from different households. This cross-court version of squash is designed to comply with social distancing measures, with each player remaining in their own half of the court at all times. During the game, only one player should touch the ball and the court door, and players must not touch court walls. All equipment and touch points should be cleaned and players must wash their hands, before and after play – NOTE: please follow standard practice for court care – i.e. walls should not be cleaned with disinfectant to avoid damage to the plaster.

    The rules:

    • Only two players permitted
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    • The aim is to hit a winner or force an error from your opponent as in regular squash
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    • Only one player serves during the match, the opponent cannot handle the ball
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    • Both players must keep to their side of the court throughout each rally, using the full length of the court whilst maintaining safe social distancing throughout
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    • If a player crosses into the opponent’s side of the court, they immediately forfeit the rally
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    • If there is a danger of players breaching a safe social distance, they must call a let and
      replay the rally
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    • Once a rally is complete, players switch sides of the court (maintaining a safe social distance)and the server restarts play.

    Black Lion Committee

Medway Park Squash

Posted by Tariq Chaudry, Monday, 3rd August 2020 @ 4:29pm

  • Hi All,

    I know many have been eagerly awaiting the resumption of squash at Medway Park, thankfully squash will be resuming at Medway Park from the 10th August.  Courts will be available from midday on the hour. Bookings will now resume to being made on the Medway Park website or via telephone.  You will no longer need to e mail me.  Bookings will hopefully be made available on the website sometime before the weekend.

    Happy Squashing people, stay safe!

    Regards

    Tariq

Sam Rooks Funeral

Posted by Tariq Chaudry, Thursday, 30th July 2020 @ 12:56am

  • Hi all,

    Just to update you on Sam Rooks and his funeral details. The funeral will be a limited capacity affair due to COVID-19 but it will be streamed online for those who would like to attend. It will be taking place on Friday the 31st of July 2020 at 10:45am. To access the live stream, you will need to complete a registration form to receive login details.

    The form can be found at: https://www.samuelrooks.com/

    A Just Giving page has also been set up to raise money for the three causes that were close to Sam's heart: Oarsome Chance, The Victory Academy Boxing Club and Holding On Letting Go.

    The link to the page can be found on the above website.

    Black Lion Committee

Partial Squash Resumption

Posted by Tariq Chaudry, Wednesday, 22nd July 2020 @ 1:29am

  • Hi all 

    I’m guessing we are all eagerly anticipating the opening of squash at the weekend, sadly Medway Park will not be opening Squash to the public in the near future as the council do not currently have the resources to safely accommodate play.  However, further to discussions with management at Medway Park, members of Black Lion Squash Club who are also premier members at Medway Park have kindly been permitted to play at certain times while adhering to the guidelines stipulated by England Squash https:/www.englandsquash.com/backtosquash  Competitive play is only permitted with members of the same household with a maximum of 2 people on court at any one time.  Players would be required to play sides (cross court only) when playing with anyone outside of their own household.  

    Players of our club who have premier membership at Medway Park will be permitted to book squash courts at the following times:

    Monday 3.30pm - 4.15pm 3 courts

    4.30pm - 5.15pm 3 courts

    5.30pm - 6.15pm 3 courts

    6.30pm - 7.15pm 3 courts

    Tuesday 3.30pm - 4.15pm 3 courts

    4.30pm - 5.15pm 3 courts

    5.30pm - 6.15pm 3 courts

    6.30pm - 7.15pm 3 courts

    Thursday 3.30pm - 4.15pm 3 courts

    4.30pm - 5.15pm 3 courts

    5.30pm - 6.15pm 3 courts

    6.30pm - 7.15pm 3 courts

    Friday 3.30pm - 4.15pm 3 courts

    4.30pm - 5.15pm 3 courts

    5.30pm - 6.15pm 3 courts

    6.30pm - 7.15pm 3 courts

    Sunday 10.00am - 10.45am 3 courts

    11.00am - 11.45am 3 courts

    12.00pm - 12.45pm 3 courts

    1.00pm - 1.45pm 3 courts

    Medway Park current opening times are:  Monday - Friday 7am - 8pm

    Weekends 8am - 3pm

    Members wishing to book will have to e mail me by 9pm on Saturday prior to week commencement on Monday.  This is the only way to book. When e mailing me to book it is mandatory that your membership number, full name and telephone number also be included in the e mail so booking details can be passed to Medway Park and records can be kept for track and trace purposes should there be an outbreak at Medway Park.  There are 3 courts available at all the above mentioned times in 45 minute increments with 15 minutes allowed at the end of each slot to allow for cleaning of courts and to limit exposure to players crossing paths while entering and exiting courts.  I will try my best to accommodate all requests but please bear in mind there may well be multiple requests for the same slot which will result in someone not getting their desired time.  Its a learning curve for us all but I will endeavour to be as fair as possible.

    Paul Johnstone has been kind enough to allow our members who are also premier members of Medway Park to play squash on the premise that certain policies remain intact, those being:

    1) Players adhere to England Squash guidelines

    2) Players clean the door handles pre and post game with towels and sanitiser provided

    3) Only actual Premier members are playing

    4) Players bring their photo membership cards to be inspected upon entering the centre

    5) That management have a list of all bookings with Name, membership number and         telephone number for the following weeks bookings

    We are fortunate that Paul Johnstone has allowed our club to utilise the squash courts, it is in our own interests as a club that we appreciate the token by Paul and do not take liberties, as this could well result in the closure of Squash again at Medway Park.  

    All changing rooms at Medway Park are closed so players will have to arrive ready to play and shower at home.

    Lastly could I please request again that all booking requests be sent to me by 9pm on Saturdays via e mail and that the e mail includes date and time of booking, membership number, full name, phone number and name of opponent if any.  If you are playing with someone else then their details (membership number, name, phone number will also be required).  These details are a legal requirement to enable the centre to be able to track and trace should there be an outbreak.  Confirmations of bookings will be sent via e mail by Sundays.

    Bookings are now available to be made for the week commencing the 27th July 2020.

    It is our hope in the coming month that we get more information regarding further opening of squash at Medway park and the barracks. We will keep you posted.

    We as a committee are trying to do our best to enable our members some kind avenue to play squash.  In a testing new world, it is our hope you understand that this scenario although not ideal, is at least a start to resumption of Squash.

    Kind Regards

    Tariq
    t4riq@me.com

    Black Lion Squash Committee

Sad News (RIP Sam Rooks)

Posted by Tariq Chaudry, Sunday, 5th July 2020 @ 4:48pm

New Kent Squash Website

Posted by Tariq Chaudry, Sunday, 7th June 2020 @ 1:38am

  • Hi All,

    I hope we are all staying safe, just a quick update to let you all know that Kent Squash launched their new website last week and are encouraging all Kent clubs and its members to register so that all be kept up to date with what all matters squash in Kent.

    Below is the registration link, if the link doesn't work then you can copy and paste the longer website address into your browser of choice.

    www.kentsra.co.uk/

    Look forward to seeing you all on court, hopefully soon! Stay Safe all.

    Regards

    The Black Lion Committee 







Support the NHS

Posted by Tariq Chaudry, Wednesday, 15th April 2020 @ 4:41pm

  • Hi All,

    I hope we are all staying safe indoors, just a quick heads up about a great initiative from Joe Magor at Canterbury squash club in support of our NHS.  All proceeds from these unique t shirts go to the NHS.

    https://form.jotform.com/200984354922358

    Cheers

    Black Lion Committee

COVID19 - Suspension of all Activity

Posted by Paul Wilson, Sunday, 22nd March 2020 @ 5:18pm

  • Dear Members,

    Due to the on going concerns with COVID19 and the Govermental advice to undertake social distancing to slow the spread of the virus the Club has taken the decision to postpone all boxleagues and clubnights with immediate effect. We will listen to Government announcements and review this decision on a week by week basis.

    Apologies to you all but please follow the Governmental advice and stay safe.

    Kind regards,
    Paul Wilson
    Club Chairman

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