Date published: 24/03/2012
Saturday 24 March 2012 saw Lynne Featherstone MP open a new sports facility, comprising a new squash hall containing four new courts, a new fitness gym, a table tennis suite and a tennis viewing portico. The new facilities add to Coolhurst’s existing stock of two squash courts, its fine modern clubhouse and its complement of 14 hard, artificial grass and lawn tennis courts, junior mini court and practice wall.
Coolhurst Club was founded in 1903 and is one of the most active and thriving racket sport clubs in North London. Its total membership includes approximately 800 adults and 200 junior players.
These new facilities are strongly associated with Coolhurst’s commitment to junior development of tennis, squash, racketball and table tennis. Partnering local schools in Haringey and Islington, the club seeks to encourage young people into racket sport.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “I take my hat off to Coolhurst Club and congratulate it on make such excellent use of the grant from our PlaySport London Fund. This is just the kind of development we are looking to support. With this fund we are committed to delivering a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, providing affordable, good quality local facilities, and it is great to see Coolhurst helping us to reach our goal. As an occasional squash player myself, I’m particularly pleased to see new squash facilities being made available to young Londoners.”
Former World squash number 1 Peter Nicol as well as VIPs from England and World Squash Federations were also in attendance.