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Moving On: Wendy Maitland and Strings Squash, Tewkesbury
Sept 26, 2010, by Wendy Maitland Jones © 2010 SquashTalk.com , Independent News; SquashTalk LLC
(updated 26-sep-10 21:24
After 5 years of hard work developing and growing String’s Squash & Fitness, Tewkesbury, former Scottish National Champion Wendy Maitland and her husband Marcus Jones are calling it a day. With a heavy heart, Wendy & Marcus have decided to put the squash club on the open market with a view to selling it to like-minded people that can see the potential and huge rewards available from owning such a great club.
Over the past 5 years Strings has grown in to a welcoming, family orientated club, with a strong community focus. Wendy & Marcus have endeavoured to create a ‘traditional’ squash club while reaching out to a new generation of squash players. They have also thrown the doors open to the wider community in the area, allowing use of the facilities to local action groups and assisting fund-raising activities for local groups and societies.
photo @ Wendy Maitland
During their tenure, Wendy & Marcus have nearly trebled the club membership through a number of successful initiatives that have encouraged participation in squash as well as aerobic and gym memberships. It is, however, the junior squash program that has been the real success story. Following the community theme, Strings has linked with 13 local primary schools offering free squash coaching as part of the school physical education curriculum. This is now an annual fixture which has resulted in many of the children coming to after-school coaching. This gateway is the foundation to Strings junior development program. Following England Squash’s Junior Pathway, the children begin playing Mini-Squash and progress to the String’s Academy. Currently, the number of juniors regularly attending this program tops 60. The target, Strings Academy, has boasted many County, Regional and National players over the past 5 years and continues to produce talented youngsters and is Wendy’s proudest achievement in the club.
Strings boasts 4 squash courts, gym, bar and function room. It offers numerous fitness classes as well as squash group and individual coaching. On top of that, it includes a 3 bedroom flat on site.
The last 5 years has been a wonderful experience, made possible with the support of the members and volunteers who have always been there with help and advice. This sense of belonging and involvement is a crucial part of the club and is something Wendy & Marcus have been keen to encourage.
In May last year, Wendy gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Meg. The arrival of this precious gift has been a wonderful experience and all the members have been wonderfully supportive since her arrival. Family life is something that Wendy & Marcus want to invest more time in and although Strings is still going strong, there have been a number of growth opportunities that cannot be aggressively pursued. This has become a source of great regret for Wendy & Marcus and feel that the squash club deserves to grow and reach it’s full potential.
It is for this reason that they have made this difficult decision. This is a unique opportunity to purchase a well established club in a beautiful location on the edge of the Cotswolds, in a county with a strong squash heritage. This would ideally suit someone involved in squash, playing or coaching.
This chance to own the freehold on an established business is on the market at £375,000. Any interested parties or queries to contact Sue Rogers at Adams & Co on 01752 493002 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org