We are thoroughly delighted to introduce you to Miss September – Belmont Saints Squash Club! The Club is based out of the Squash WA State Centre, 144 Robinson Avenue, Belmont.
We spoke to the crew at Belmont who shared the rich history of the Club and what sets it apart from the rest.
‘Belmont Squash and Sports Centre’ was opened by the Wheatley family on 17 May 1973 when the Australian Squash Championships saw the official opening of the Centre. At that time, they were the most up to date courts and the pinnacle of all centres in Western Australia.
You might be surprised to learn that they were originally known as ‘Belmont Squash Club’ however when Maylands Saints’ centre closed down, they joined Belmont, and the two Clubs became known as the Belmont Saints Squash Club!
The Wheatley family built the Centre with a house attached as their residence. This firmly set the precedence as a family run business with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, which has continued during the 50 years since the doors first opened.
“In 2018 there was a real threat that the centre was to close as the lessee left. The club took on running of the centre while we rallied the state government to purchase the centre as a permanent home for Squash WA.”
We asked what sets Belmont Saints apart from the rest, to which they proudly responded, “we are one of the only clubs that is a not-for-profit centre. Whatever money we make we channel back into the development of squash. We introduce people to the game by way of subsidised group coaching and offering free intro to squash series’ several times a year. The Club have spent countless hours on various improvements to help bring the centre back to life. The pool was refurbished not too long ago, and the BBQ area covered and paved. After major air-conditioning improvements we are the coolest club around!
Our players support the Squash WA pennant and league competitions. Monday Night Ladies League, Tuesday Night pennants, Thursday Night Mixed League and State Grade all have a big contingency of Belmont Saints players.”
In addition, the Club runs a skills and drills session on Saturdays to improve one’s game and stamina on court. Their friendly in-house competition is run on Tuesday nights, with a variety of players from beginners through to higher graded players. Players then stay to socialise over a Club-supplied supper and a few drinks from their fully stocked bar. They are introducing an additional night of in-house competition no Wednesdays, where players can just rock up for a game without the need for registration beforehand nor any commitment. In addition to all of this they also offer group coaching sessions every Wednesday afternoon, with dedicated groups for intermediate and beginner players. A group of seniors come together for a gentle hit every Thursday afternoon, followed by a social afternoon tea. This group is also open to anyone to join.
The Club beamed about their “strong junior representation in the July State Championship titles, as well as being the Zone Champions. Many of our juniors will also be representing the state in the upcoming Australian Junior Championships in Queensland in September, and even more of our juniors are traveling over to compete in the individual’s event.”
The 2022 Australian no. 1 under 17 boy Daniel Marsh, and current no. 3 under 11 girl Teagan Scott are both from Belmont. Pictured front and right.
Courts 1 and 2 are now glass backs!
The shop contains a selection of the latest squash gear, accessories and Club merch.
New carpets, hand rails, seating, paint job and more!
Belmont Saints holds their annual Club Championships as well as a separate Junior Club Championships. The Belmont Junior Tournament in December is a highlight for many juniors across Perth, as after presentations they have a pool party to celebrate the year that was, in their very own backyard! 🥳🎉
“Without the support of our fabulous club members, we would not be in the position we are with Squash WA now having a State Centre and place to call home. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to keeping the Club and centre running over the years – you know who you are!”
Keep up the great work Belmont Saints Squash Club and thank you so much for chatting with us! ❤️