FOR THE first time in a period of 15 years, Derry will again be represented in the Ulster Squash League and the reformed City of Derry City opened their return to competitive action with a 3-1 victory over Belfast representatives, Rosario, last Tuesday night.
The club, which will operate out of the Brooke Park Leisure Centre in Rosemount, was reformed in September last year and having spent time organising activities locally, the new Steering Committee applied for membership of the Ulster Senior Leagues and subsequently gained Division One status.
Derry, of course, had been active in competitive squash in the past before the City of Derry Club drifted out of the competitive arena but over the past year the club has successfully organised various activities including style nights, tournaments, friendly representative matches and supporting activities which all proved highly popular.
Meetings were then organised with the sport’s governing body in an effort to return to the competitive circuit and with the promise of financial and coaching support, the club was formally established, retaining it’s links with the Brooke Park Leisure Centre.
Off to winning start
A representative team was then entered in Division One in the Ulster Squash Leagues and the first match took place on Tuesday night last at the Rosemount venue against Belfast opposition in the form of the Rosario Squash Club.
And City of Derry got off to a winning start when recording a 3-1 victory after what proved a highly competitive affair.
The club now intends to organise a full calendar of events throughout the season. These activities will include regular club nights, coaching sessions, local tournaments and friendly matches in an effort to develop and expand the skill levels of all club members.
The club is now hopeful of attracing new players from the Derry and North-West areas to join.
“We are hopeful of attracting people in the locality who may have played squash in the past to join us in our attempts to stabilise the club,” said a member of the Steering Committee, Gerry McGoldrick.
“We are also in the process of attracting schoolchildren and, indeed, adults from both sides of the border, to join us in an effort to further develop the club and anyone interested is basically asked to contact the Brooke Park Leisure Centre,” he added.
The City of Derry club extends thanks to all those who assisted in the re-establishment of the organisation and hopes are high that the club will prove popular within the north-west community over the years to come.
“We wish to express our sincere thanks to all those who have given up their time and resources in our effort to get the club going again. Thanks to Derry City Council and the management of the Brooke Park Leisure Centre for their help, support and encouragement over the past year,” concluded Gerry.