Squash courts for city land­marks

Central Leader - - WHAT’S ON - SAMHEWAT

Squash Auckland is swap­ping hard­wood for sand as it rolls out a 2017 sum­mer beach series in Fe­bru­ary.

As part of an ini­tia­tive to bring squash to the masses, lo­cals of all ages will be able to en­joy a minia­ture pop-up court which will make an ap­pear­ance in Mis­sion Bay, Devon­port, and Orewa Park.

Squash Auckland gen­eral man­ager John Fletcher said it’s a good chance to try some­thing dif­fer­ent as it looks to pro­mote the game through­out the re­gion.

‘‘It’s quite hard to get peo­ple down to a squash club,’’ Fletcher said.

‘‘So we thought we’d change it up a bit and bring the squash court out to the peo­ple.’’

A full-glass court out­side the pyra­mids in Egypt, one in front of San Fran­cisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, and re­cently in the mid­dle of New York’s Grand Cen­tral Sta­tion have all helped give the sport a unique touch in re­cent times.

Like those courts, Squash Auckland’s de­sign al­lows play­ers to en­joy the sur­round­ing view as they smash the ball around with friends.

The courts will open from 11am-3pm on the fol­low­ing days:

Sun­day 12 Fe­bru­ary – Sel­wyn Do­main, Ta­maki Drive, Mis­sion Bay. Sun­day 19 Fe­bru­ary – Devon­port Ferry Ter­mi­nal, Devon­port. Sun­day 26 Fe­bru­ary – Orewa Park (near cnr Hibis­cus Coast Hwy and Em­pire Rd).

SAM HEWAT/FAIR­FAX NZ

Squash Auckland is set­ting up its por­ta­ble mini-court at beach locations through­out the city.

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