Scottish Squash

Scottish Squash have various clubs all over Scotland, if your interested in taking the sport up whether it be as a hobby or professional or just for fun then please head to their website where you will find more info. 


Squash was invented in Harrow school around 1830, when the pupils discovered that a punctured Raquets ball, which “squashed” on impact with the wall, produced a game with a greater variety of shots and required much more effort on the part of the players, who could not simply wait for the ball to bounce back to them as with Raquets. The variant proved popular and in 1864 the first four Squash courts were constructed at the school and Squash was officially founded as a sport in its own right.

In those early days Squash, as with all other sports, was without any form of international standardisation and it was inevitable that slight variations in the way it was played, and the equipment used, would occur. Luckily only two main streams of activity followed, one in England with its 21 feet wide courts and “soft” ball and the other in North America, with its 18.5 feet wide courts and “hard” ball and with both courts having the same length of 32 feet the universality of Squash was not seriously challenged. We will look at these two branches separately and also at the way in which Squash spread to almost every nation in the world.

While major growth in the game of squash took place in the 1970’s and 80’s, along with the professionalism of the 90’s, it is interesting to think back to those far-seeing few in the 1930’s who felt that it was a game for the future and would therefore need a structure to develop on. One of these was Mr J.C. Allan who was instrumental in founding Watsonians Squash Club in 1934. The following are some notes based on his personal reminiscences about how Scottish Squash Raquets Association came into being.

Watsonians found few organised clubs to play against in 1935, there were courts at Edinburgh Academy, Fettes College, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Brechin, plus one or two local private ones in Edinburgh, although quite a lot of other private courts, mostly now out of existence, were scattered around the country.

Sunday  10:00 - 13:00  Closed
Monday  09:00 - 17:30  Open
Tuesday  09:00 - 17:30  Open
Wednesday  09:00 - 17:30  Open
Thursday  09:00 - 17:30  Open
Friday  09:00 - 17:30  Open
Saturday  09:00 - 17:30  Open
Scottish Squash
  • Oriam,
    Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Campus,
    Edinbrugh, EH14 4AS
  • 0131 451 8525

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