SQUASH: CREWE Vagrants' squash section is enjoying a real boom.
The club has enjoyed plenty of success during the past 30 years and is currently celebrating the rise of teenager Nathan Langley, who will represent England later this month.
Vagrants' squash section is run by a network of volunteers.
The committee is headed by chair Chris Garnett and treasurer Dave Easton, who are supported by four team captains, professional coach Gary Colvin, ladies group co-ordinator Debbie Neville, Internal League organiser Jim Christie and a band of other helpers.
Vagrants currently boasts four men's teams, playing in Divisions Two, Three, Four and Five of the huge North West League.
Players cover all age groups from 14 to 59 and provide a competitive enjoyment for all levels, from county standard to the more social levels of competition in Division Five.
The junior section is certainly the growth area of the club.
Junior coaching in groups takes place every Sunday between 10am and noon for boys and girls aged six to 16.
Club member Francis Sanders said: 'Fun games as well as nationally-recognised certificates are provided at these sessions and they have proved to be both successful and very enjoyable over a number of years and continue to fully occupy all our coaches
'The club exists to create camaraderie, team spirit and enjoyment in sport and new members are always welcome.'
A Saturday afternoon session caters for the more advanced juniors and offers individual coaching for those showing particular promise.
A members-only Saturday morning session runs between 10am and 12.30pm and offers coaching for adult and junior beginners and improvers.
The club now possesses professional coaches at all levels, with a Level Three advanced county standard coach (Gary Colvin), a Level Two club coach (Dave Easton) and several Level One group specialists.
As a result, the club has juniors in each of the men's teams and Cheshire players at U13s, U15s and U17s levels.
Meanwhile, the ladies section of the club is celebrating its silver anniversary this year.
Originally based at Shavington Sports Centre, the section moved to Crewe Vagrants when new facilities were built in 1996.
Professional coach Jenny Colclough runs a Wednesday morning session from 10am to noon, which caters for players of all abilities. Activities and supervision are provided for any accompanying children through co-ordinator Debbie Neville.
The club's next venture is to begin coaching sessions for local primary schools.
Vagrants offers arguably the best squash courts in Cheshire and the bar area is a popular place for a post-match drink and chat. A number of special membership offers are currently available. Off-peak member-ship, which allows use of the courts anytime except 5pm to 9pm from Monday to Friday, costs just £40 between now and the start of the season in September. A well-stocked gym is also available to squash club members at just £5 a month.
For further details, contact chair Chris Garnett on 01270 668104 or Dave Easton on 07973 222741.