Starting with squash

Despite all the good intentions that we have, especially at the beginning of a new year, moving is sometimes difficult to maintain. Now that spring is abundant, the sun is shining more often, temperatures are getting more pleasant and summer is in sight, a lot of people are looking forward to taking up sports again. Many people just don’t know exactly which sport they want to practice. More exercise doesn’t necessarily mean that you do the same round of exercises in the gym a couple of times a week. Try another sport! Something you really like and/or something you can do together with someone else. Have you ever thought about the fun and competitive sport of squash? If you like it, it’s also easier to keep it up. In this blog I’ll give you a few reasons why you should try squash.

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We are busy and serious all day long: work, school, shopping, housework. Then it can be wonderful to really play and concentrate on something completely different. It’s definitely worth trying a new sport. What about squash? This is a very suitable sport that you can do together with friends or your partner and offers both effort and relaxation at the same time. And there are other reasons why squash can be the perfect sport for you.

It is suitable for everyone
Squash is a fun, simple and intensive game for both beginners and advanced players. The threshold to start playing squash is very low. Your gender, age or skills don’t matter. It is one of the few sports where you can easily adjust the level with the right equipment. In addition, you can also easily reduce the distances on the track if you are just starting out. For each level of play, the options are endless.

The first time you can’t keep up with the ball and the wall turns out to be closer than you think. Don’t panic, with some practice you will understand the logic of this sport and you can play more seriously, while it really remains a game. Because it’s such an intense exercise, squash is considered an ideal cardio work-out. No matter how old you are, you can quickly benefit from good results when you play squash.

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It’s a fun game
Squash is not only a healthy, but also a fun sport that gives you a lot of fun. What you do in your free time should be fun. Otherwise you give up the hobby sooner or later. You probably know someone who started running or working out with a lot of ambition, but also stopped in no time. This is usually because you don’t really enjoy what you’re doing and then it gets boring. Squash, on the other hand, is more than just moving: it involves fitness, tactics and technique. It’s a demanding and fast sport, where you have to use your brain and it’s pretty sure that when you’re on the track, you’ll forget your endless to-do list for a while.

The great thing about sports squash is that everyone can play a fun game. For this you only need the right materials, such as the right balls, rackets and clothes. With good material that suits you, it’s even more fun to play!

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It’s fun
Squash is healthy, fun and sociable. Perhaps not necessary to emphasize again, but doing something fun together with others, drastically reduces the stress level and makes you happy. The social side is one of the advantages of squash. It is a wonderful sport in which you have a good workout at every level and can work out together. While playing tournaments you also meet all kinds of nice people. Because squash is still a relatively unknown sport in some countries, players can easily form a close-knit group that resembles a family.

Playing squash together
Even if you don’t play competition or tournaments, the social nature of this sport is decisive for many people to start playing squash. You can have a nice chat before training, talk to your playing partner when you take a break and you can enjoy a drink after training. The social side of squash is very important, it’s not just about the sport!

It offers relaxation
Squash is above all good for your body and mind. It is a sport in which you can relax for a while, despite the fact that you are exercising. Moving reduces the stress level in your body. That’s why after a busy (working) day it’s great to take all your worries away from you on the track for a while. You will notice that after a few weeks you will feel fitter than ever.

It is the healthiest sport
Healthy eating and regular exercise are the perfect combination for a fit body. By exercising regularly (intensively) your muscle power and condition will improve by leaps and bounds. Squash is one of the most intensive sports with which you can build up a very strong condition. It also has the reputation of being one of the

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Last season was a special season for me. Before the start of the competition I was asked if I was interested in playing Eredivisie. Quite an honor!

If I had told me a few years ago that I would ever be in action again in the Eredivisie, I would have thought you were crazy. Don’t you have to train very hard for that? I haven’t been as active on the track for a long time as I used to be. I have known times that I was on the track every day or at least I was active in sports. At the moment maybe three times a week. Still more than stop, but to start playing Eredivisie. Best from the comfort zone. Good, never say never. After all, I have 25 years of squash experience! Stay positive Clau and a little self-confidence!

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Now that the regular league season is over, there are pictures on my Victoria ladies 1 mobile phone with the championship scale, champagne and confetti. And, I insist.
Let it affect you for a moment… So I’m on those pictures where the national champion, the champion of the Eredivisie, is posed with the scale.
I’m almost 33 years old, in the eyes of the top athlete. Isn’t it special that I can and may still experience that?! Just fill in if you see it as something positive or negative. I don’t judge about that for a moment.
Although I did have some doubts. Does it say more about squash in our country or about my talent? Anyway.

After the match we got a glass of champagne to celebrate the championship. Deserved or not, a good glass of bubbly I don’t turn down! While I was wondering whether, despite a win for the team, I had really contributed to the championship, I was told that I was helping the team out in difficult moments and was therefore a valuable addition to the team. That’s true. My first race was in Zwolle, it took three hours from Roosendaal to get there, while recovering from a big flu (bad luck, isn’t it) I went on the track because otherwise there wouldn’t be a complete team on the track. Realizing that gave me enough reassurance to be able to take a sip of my champagne and to celebrate the party! Even though I fell in with my nose in the butter.

The annoying treatment of my leg did make for a less pleasant period, but it was necessary to literally keep my elderly body going, as seen by the top sports eyes. Luckily it all went well and recovered and I can go back to work for a few years!

I don’t owe this special experience, national champion, just to myself. Also to the rest of the team. To Victoria Rotterdam, Stephen Cooke and Ronald Permentier. Thank you for the hospitality, conviviality and for the support and coaching!
Parents of children in the Dutch squash world; what answer do you give to someone who asks to tell something about yourself? “Well, I have a partner (or not), one or more children. They are in school and one of them is a (top) athlete.” Is it true that such a conversation has an impact on your child’s squash career? It often does, doesn’t it? And it’s also fun to tell. But the interviewer asked about you. I would like to ask you to think about the impact of your child’s hobby on your life and that of your family.

Imagine a random situation at home. What are the conversations about? Are they always about squash? No, no, also about other topics? E.g.; “What does the week look like?” Read: what needs to be arranged in terms of food and transportation in connection with squash training. “Let’s see what’s on the agenda this weekend”. Read: can we all go to that birthday, or do we go separately because of the tournament………………………………….. And then there are all kinds of conversations about physio, sports equipment, the importance of good food and sleep (because preparation for the tournament), holidays (or there are training camps), etc…

After all, school is the most important thing of all, right? But that’s also what squash is all about; When is the test week? Doesn’t that coincide with tournaments? Holiday training? Will they be at your school during the holidays? You have to get good grades, otherwise you won’t get permission for your tournaments abroad! What further education are you going to do? Are they flexible about training and tournaments?

I see parents who, in my opinion, are far too fanatical about their sporting child. It’s just a hobby, it’s about “the fun”. But why do I see parents who just get ugly when their child is about to lose? Or if an idiot screams when their child makes a point. Or, even worse, they grin when the opponent makes a mistake or even becomes sad. Or even worse, who don’t speak to their child if he/she misbehaves in a disgraceful way!

For us, the most important thing has always been that life experience is gained; learning to deal with winning and losing, being able to stay abroad alone, and socially with everyone about the world.

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