Southampton Squash team may not exist next year

Southampton squash team future is at risk, with no coach currently and lack players for next year.

Southampton Squash captain, Callum Greasly
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Southampton squash captain, Callum Greasly thinks that squash needs to be an Olympic  sport and extra funding from Sport Solent for participation rates to increase.

“There needs to be big wholesale changes. Squash needs to be in the Olympics, that’s going to help it become a bigger sport. It’s right now a small sport and relatively new at the university.

“A little more funding Sport Solent, because we are in a bit of a state, we don’t have a coach and things like that, which reflects on us and people don’t want to come to a club that looks a little less organised.”

The future of the squash team is unknown, due to a lack of participants and lack of funding.

The team have struggled this season, have had been relegated from the Bucks 2A Western League, with only three wins this season, as getting players to away games has been a struggle.

The team also has only two players for next season, with many of the current squad third years.  Next year’s captain, Jack Miller is hoping to attract freshers to keep the team going.

Squash
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“On a basic level, I need three more players, because we can get away with playing with only four in a team.

“However, realistically I want to get six or seven more in the team, so we got a nice amount and we can pick people, when people aren’t available or just for socials.”

Though third-year squash player, Matt Lisk is confident the team will be here next year, having faced a similar fate in 2011 and survived.

“I’m sure the team will be here next year, sure there’s only two players now, but we have freshers, we’ve got other people involved in the club.

“We’ve got a friday night session, we’ve got a few there, so I think the team will be here next year, but might not have the same strength as this year.”