Racquet Sports • Vision RCL

Racquet Sports


Squash

The Squash Courts re-opened at Wanstead Leisure Centre on Monday 14 September. Courts can be booked 2 days in advance or for centre members 2 weeks in advance.

Before booking courts please read the below important information:

  • 4 courts available
  • All court bookings will only be 45 minute slots.
  • Only 2 people can attend and play.
  • We ask that you arrive 5 minutes prior to your court start time to check in at reception.
  • If reception is busy, we ask you to wait outside until called in.
  • You should arrive ready to play squash, changing and shower facilities are not available.
  • Read the information attached on this page and view the information on safe play on the England Squash website prior to booking.

There are 3 ways you can play:

  1. You and a household member can attend to play a game of squash (proof will need to be provided at reception)
  2. You and another person who is not a household member can attend to play Sides (information on Sides can be found here).
  3. You and 5 others can create a Squash Bubble, and play amongst each other. However there are terms in which this takes place. For information on Squash Bubbles please read more below or visit the England Squash website

Squash Bubbles

What is a ‘squash bubble’?
Bubbles consist of a maximum of six players and players within a ‘squash bubble’ are permitted to play full-court matches with the following modifications:

  • Only two players on court at one time.
  • Play best of three games.
  • Play first to 11 points, sudden-death at 10-all.
  • Use ‘Sides’ to maintain social distancing throughout the warm-up.
  • During each game, when the first player reaches six points, both players should wipe away excessive sweat, and sanitise their hands and the ball. Repeat between games.
  • The same player to serve / touch the ball during each half of a game, and at the halfway point, switch servers.
  • Protective eye wear or visors are strongly recommended at all times.
  • Don’t wipe your hands on the wall.
  • Players are not allowed to shout or raise their voice.
  • Please maintain social distancing when not on court, and continue to follow your club or venues hygiene and cleaning policies.

How do I form a ‘squash bubble’?

  • Agree who is in your bubble with up to five other players.
  • Email Wanstead Leisure Centre the names of the players in your bubble and confirm in writing, that you have read and agree to follow the England Squash ‘bubble’ guidance within this page, you will then need to await confirmation that this is confirmed by the management team prior to booking courts and playing.
  • You can only belong to one bubble at a time but following a seven-day break of playing full squash, you can switch once you’ve got agreement from the management team at Wanstead Leisure Centre.

To book, please use our App or the online booking system in the link below. You cannot turn up and play. You will need to add the other person’s name and contact number in the information box when booking, if you cannot do this, you will need to call the centre and confirm this information prior to playing.


Badminton

  • All courts must be pre booked and pre paid for.
  • All court bookings will be for 1 hour.
  • A maximum of 4 people can play and 6 people per booking, any more than 4, the other participants must wait off the court against the wall.
  • No changing ends during play.
  • You can only use your own equipment, the only shared items may be the shuttlecock which must be sanitised before and after use.
  • No physical contact is permitted.
  • Both for singles and doubles you must remain 2m apart from each other, both during play and off the court.
  • We ask that you arrive 5 minutes prior to your court start time to check in at reception before being allowed access to your court.
  • If reception is busy, we ask you to wait outside until called in.
  • You should arrive ready to play, changing and shower facilities are not available.
  • You will need to leave promptly after your court, no congregating in the facility or around entrances.

Badminton courts are available to book at Loxford Leisure Centre, Mayfield Leisure Centre and Wanstead Leisure Centre.

Courts can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance* and must be paid for at the time of booking, Mayfield Leisure Centre and Wanstead Leisure Centre can be booked online or through the Vision RCL app.

*Wanstead Leisure Centre – to book 2 weeks in advance you must be an annual centre member, non-members can book 2 days in advance

Social badminton is also run at all three sites as part of the Badminton England “No Strings Badminton” programme, please contact your local centre for more details.

Coaching

Badminton coaching courses for juniors aged 8-16 yrs are run at both Mayfield Leisure Centre and Wanstead Leisure Centre. Adult coaching is also available at Wanstead Leisure Centre. Please contact the centres for more details.