TRANSFORMATION is on the horizon for the Eastside Squash Centre.
To promote its facilities and activities to a wider audience and open up discussion for broader use, the Bellerive-based centre will be hosting a continuing series of “Come and Try” days.
Community members are invited to come and take up a racquet on Saturday 28 April.
Eastside Squash Centre Committee chairperson Cameron Smith said the two main sports the centre catered for was squash and racquetball.
“We see these two key sports as offering fun, friendly competition, social interaction and proven fitness benefits, with squash consistently topping the Forbes list of healthiest sports,” he said.
“On the Come and Try Day, there will be the opportunity to try squash and racquetball under the supervision of experienced players and coaches.
“The only requirements for those wishing to participate are that non-marking shoes are to be worn – all other equipment is available free of charge.
“Whether they’re intending to step on the court or not, we also invite members of the public to join us for a barbecue to have a chat about the centre’s facilities and possible uses.
“We are especially keen to demonstrate that these racquet sports are suited to all ages, fitness levels and abilities, and to that end we will have demonstrations by players throughout the day.”
The demonstration sessions will include Tasmanian elite pennant players, up and coming state junior players, gentle squash for those seeking exercise that is beneficial but easy on the joints, and racquetball, which is played with a bouncier and larger ball.
Mr Smith said racquetball was good for players beginning racquet sports, as it helped develop hand eye coordination.
“Racquetball is a sport like squash that can be played at a level to suit the individual, from social exercise to fierce competition,” he said.
“We are planning to get racquetball up and running as a competitive organised sport in Hobart, just as it is in the north of the state and around Australia.”
Eastside Squash Centre key holder members are able to access the centre at any time, book sessions online, join social and organised competition, and avail themselves of mentoring and coaching.
The committee is currently open to suggestions for other uses of the facility, such as indoor training for sports clubs, fitness training and community fitness programs.
The Eastside Squash and Racquetball Come and Try Day will commence at 11am on Saturday 28 April.
For more information, visit the Eastside Squash website or Facebook page, or phone 6244 1386.
Caption: Eastside Squash Centre owner Chris Doig, pictured top left, and committee chairperson Cameron Smith.