Galashiels Squash and Racketball Club has been in existence since the 1930s when a single court was constructed, owned by Gala Squash Courts Ltd, on land adjacent to Galashiels Lawn Tennis Club. The Club thrived for many years and towards the end of the 1970s the court was handed over to the members to form Galashiels Squash Club. At a similar time, building alterations were carried out to increase the club from 1 to 2 courts. At this time the membership stood at around 250 people. Galashiels Tennis Club sold its land in 1996 but the squash club and facilities remain. An updated constitution was approved in 2010 and the club is beginning to thrive again.
The Galashiels Squash and Racketball Club is located in an unassuming building just off Abbotsford Terrace in Galashiels. The building houses two well maintained courts, one of which has an integral gas heater and the other an electric fan heater. Adjacent to the courts are male and female changing facilities equipped with showers and toilets.
On the upper level of the building is a recreation / social area. In this area we have kitchen facilities including tea and coffee making equipment, a fridge and an oven. We have ample comfortable seating and the whole area overlooks both courts with sliding windows providing unobstructed viewing of the courts.
We also have a table tennis table, with bats and balls, and a pool table. Photos of facilities are available.
Club and court operation
The club is run by committee. Access to the building is via a swipe card, which is provided to all members. Courts can be booked up to several weeks in advance in slots of 45 minutes. Lights on court are activated by a disposable card, which should be purchased, in advance, from one of the outlets below. The price for the light cards is currently £3.50.
Heating to the building is operated on a timed system, but heating to individual courts can be controlled by members when they play. We expect all members to leave the courts in the conditions that they would expect to find them. No dark, marking soles or dirty shoes on court please.
Outlets for light cards
- Adam Purves Garage, Wilderhaugh St, Gala, TD1 1PW – Map of location
- Dalgleish’s Garage, 111 Melrose Rd, Gala, TD1 2BY – Map of location
- The Trophy Guy, 28 Market St, Gala, TD1 3AA - Map of location
- The clubhouse on Monday nights at club night
There are currently internal club leagues running and there is a perpetual racketball ladder. Every year in the spring time we hold a handicap tournament, consisting of cup and plate competitions, and the annual club “scratch” knockout is held every autumn. The club has recently re-joined the East of Scotland Conference and now competes in “friendly” games with other clubs from the region. For details of more competitions, watch this space…
Last update: Dec 14th 2015