Clubs play an important role in society. They draw people together, they help to knit communities and they provide a place where people can enjoy themselves both on and off the squash courts.
Established in 1998 and open to all affiliated squash clubs within New Zealand, the Club of the Year award recognises clubs for their valuable contribution and achievement in the delivery of community squash.
Winners from each of the 11 regional District Associations are put forward as contenders for the coveted National Award, which is aligned with the Squash New Zealand Strategic Plan: 'Squash on the Move'.
When deciding a judging panel considers the contribution to and achievements in the following objectives:
Club of the Year: North Shore Squash Club
North Shore has 10 membership options which accommodate the majority of people that come to the club. All options are open to discussion to accommodate those wishing to participate in the club and to make their experience enjoyable and to continue to come back.
We are a club who is continually exploring avenues to increase participation in the sport and people playing on the courts and growth in the club. Recently 2 new corporate memberships have joined adding between them 20 more people involved in the game.
North Shore Squash Club has pay to play which is popular with those that do not want a membership but want to enjoy the game. There are an average of 3 to 5 bookings a week. We also have visitors playing with members and those that come in off the street to play.
North Shore Squash club run many programs within the club and have pathways for those that wish to climb up the grades or those that wish just to participate and play squash.
All players who participate in assisting with programs, club nights, Superchamps coaching are encouraged to attend the coaching modules run by Squash Auckland and the club pay their fee to participate.
We run 2 business houses a year which are increasing popular. We limit the teams to 10 and already have 10 teams for the round to be held at the end of the year with no advertising
Depending on the level of work that the volunteer is giving back to the club recognition comes in many forms, from free memberships to acknowledgement through the weekly newsletter, personal thanks and refreshments.
The strategic plan is assessed every 12 months and is on a 3 year plan.
2017 saw the North Shore Squash Club undergo major renovations and upgrade. An already vibrant club through its members and their enthusiasm and friendly nature the structure was also back to a bright, fresh and welcoming place.
Without volunteers the club could not run as efficiently or effectively as we do. Our committee is made up of a President, Vice President, and Treasurer, Secretary, Club Captain, Junior Representative and 6 committee members who all give up their time to be on the committee. Regular working bees are held at the club and grounds as work is required to be done. These volunteers are all acknowledged and thanked on the day personally and usually with a meal and refreshments. They are also acknowledged through the weekly newsletter. Many of our coaches involved in our programs and those that assist with programs do so on their own time and we give back to them in ways that benefit all parties.
Every 12 months when the budget is set the maintenance plan for the following 12 months is looked at and the previous 12 months is also gone over to ensure work is completed or moved into the new year.
Funding is applied for to assist with work around the club, assisting teams and groups going away.
The club is in the throws of doing a marketing plan to promote the club and also the membership to those outside of the club.
Through word of mouth and business house many new members and also corporate groups are coming and playing squash and enjoying our facilities.
Members who are already here are always treated with respect and a friendly smile and greeting as they walk in the door past the office and always by our friendly bar manager where ever he is in the building. No issue is a problem and no question is ever wrong.
North Shore Squash Club has a website which is regularly looked at to keep it fresh. The news and activities happening are updated every week to fortnight celebrating our members and their achievements.
We have an online booking system run through iSquash and there is a newsletter which goes out through mailchimp weekly and also Facebook is constantly updated.
Club activities are promoted through word of mouth, club members, via the hospital
North Shore Squash club has a close link to the schools.
The number of Interclub Teams in 2017 were
Superchamps Team Entries were
North Shore Squash club host their own tournaments annually. An Open for all players, Masters, Junior and a Ladies D,E,F 19+. North Shore Squash club hosts Squash Auckland Superchamps eliminations every year with the grade changing year to year. Games normally commence on Tuesday night and are played every night of that week. Games are also played on Saturday afternoon finishing on Sunday with finals
In 2017 the North Shore Squash Club hosted the World Masters Games (WMG). 2014 it was announced that in April 2017 the WMG were to be held in Auckland. North Shore Squash club was named as the club which would host squash. 3 years of preparation and collaboration with Squash NZ, Squash Auckland and WMG. A normal tournament at the club averages 150 to 170 entries. WMG had 460 players from 21 countries who competed over 8.5 days. Starting on Saturday 22nd April and finishing on Saturday 29th April. Except for ANZAC day when games commenced at 1pm games would start at 8am and final games were scheduled to 9pm each day. All 7 courts were used. In the weeks leading up to the games the courts reverberated with the sound of squash balls been hit, people from all over the world catching up and making new friends. The positive feedback from competitors, spectators and supporters was heard through all forms of mediums for months after. All of those that competed personally came and thanked the team that held make this all happen for the best games they had ever competed in.
Within 3 weeks of WMG finishing the club then went on to hold their North Shore Open in conjunction with a Men’s and Women’s Professional Squash association tournament. Attracting players from as far away as Scotland. Another well run tournament with all the players saying that they would come and play it again
Opportunities provided for competitive and non-competitive players include Online Booking, Pay to Play, Corporate bookings, Business House, Firm social squash afternoons, Senior Club night, Junior Club night, Junior Academy, Junior Development Squad, Ladies Night, Superchamps training - Grades, Smithson Classic, Fun doubles and Squash 57.
The finalists for 2017, in alphabetical order, were:
|Year||Club of the Year|
|2017||North Shore Squash Club|
|2016||Hamilton Squash & Tennis|
|2014||Squash City Invercargill|
|2012||Devoy Squash & Fitness|
|2005||Squash Palmerston North|
|2002||Squash Palmerston North|
|2000||Squash Palmerston North|