Solent universities squash team could be squashed in funding cuts
Southampton Solent Universities squash team could be cut due to a lack of funding and participation levels.
with many of the players entering their final year at the university leaving the team struggling to survive for the foreseeable future.
Next years team captain, Jack Miller, hopes to be able to attract freshers in order to keep the team alive: “Realistically, I want to be getting around six or seven players in the team. Which is a nice amount to pick from when people aren’t available.”
The team last year were relegated from the BUCS 2A Western League and have only managed a total of three wins this year and are struggling to get players to away games.
Current team captain, Callum Greasley, believes that a boost in funding could prevent the team from going under: “There needs to be big-whole sale changes, squash needs to get in the Olympics which will help its popularity as it is a small sport.
“The sport is relatively new at the university as well, maybe a little more funding from Sport solent will help, as the facilities aren’t in the greatest shape which reflects badly on us.”
The club faced a similar battle in 2012 and nearly folded as a result, however, five more players joined the club at that time. Matt Lisk, was one of the five who joined back in 2012 is adamant that the club will pull through: “I’m sure the team will be here next year, theres only two payers at the moment, but there’s freshers to come soon, with other people in the club as well. I do think that team will be here but, I just don’t think it will be as strong as it is at the moment.”