Volunteer Management Workshops

Struggling to find, keep and/or manage your beloved volunteers?  Well DLGSC are hosting a series of three workshops on volunteer engagement, volunteer retention and volunteer management.  They’re all free and are online on Tuesday evenings.  Please try to have at least one representative from your Club attend – they will no doubt be very beneficial!

Volunteers are an integral part of any sport and recreation organisations. These workshops aim to support participants to improve their ability to recruit, manage, retain and reward volunteers within their organisation.

Workshops shall be delivered online across November and December. Each workshop is self-contained allowing participants to attend one or all of the workshops on offer.

Volunteer Engagement

Volunteer Retention

Volunteer Management

Any queries can be directed to Lorraine Sanders, A/Senior Project Officer – Industry Development on 9492 9828 or email industry.development@dlgsc.wa.gov.au.

Club of the Month – Karratha 😍

This month we are showcasing the marvelous Karratha Squash Club as Miss October!  The Club is based out of the Karratha Leisureplex, located opposite Broadhurst Road on Dampier Highway in Pegs Creek.  It’s a three minute drive from the Karratha town centre, or roughly two hours in the air and 1,500km away from Perth in the Pilbara region of the state.

Co-host of the famous FeNaClNG Teams Tournament in partnership with Dampier Squash Club, they also run their annual Club Champs event in October, as well as a quarterly pennant competition.  We had a great chat with Karratha Squash Club President Rhys Collins who beamed with pride about the fantastic squash club he is a part of.

What does a typical week look like for Karratha Squash Club?  “We hold our junior program on a Monday afternoon, which is then followed by our pennants. Thursday nights are social night which is always great fun. Junior star Preston Munro provides coaching lessons on a Sunday for anyone wanting to improve their game.”  Now that’s a classic example of one of the True Sport Values we promote to all juniors across WA – ‘giving back’. ❤️

We always run a social night on Thursdays. If you’re ever in Karratha or nearby, head on down and join in!

We asked Rhys who the MVPs were at Karratha Squash Club, to which he responded, “we have several awesome people at the club, which is what makes it so great. Steph is our Club Captain who does as much work as three people and is always coaching others and giving tips. Frosty is our Junior Co-ordinator and is always there to help out.  Vice President John can always be relied upon, and Preston is our best player who is always friendly and coaching others.  We have so many outstanding members who are always helping out that I could go on and on!”

We wanted to know why Karratha Squash Club is the best club in WA – what sets them apart from the rest?  Well, what a heartfelt response Rhys had for us!  “At Karratha Squash Club, we believe that squash is more than just a sport, it’s a way to stay fit, have fun, be social, and challenge yourself both physically and mentally. That’s why we’re committed to providing our members with the best possible squash experience.  Karratha is a warm and welcoming club with a strong sense of community. We host a variety of social events throughout the year, so there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a competitive player or just looking for a fun and social way to stay active, Karratha is the perfect place for you.”

Now we all know that behind every great squash club, are a bunch of sponsors that are worth their weight in gold, and Karratha Squash Club is no different.  HUGE shout out to Chemdry Northwest, Joyce Krane, Pilbara Mitsubishi, Compass Group: Bay Village, and The Racquet Shop.


Thanks for chatting with us Rhys, and keep up the FANTASTIC work Karratha Squash Club!!

Resources Galore! 🎉

Not only can you find a HUGE variety of resources on the Squash WA website’s Secure Clubs Area, as part of the Every Club initiative, DLGSCI are hosting an online session at 6pm on 20 November 2023: Tools and Resources to Unlock Your Club’s Potential.

In the website’s Secure Clubs Area you can find junior program activity ideas, session plans, posters and other printables, links to funding opportunities, governance templates and guides, and much MUCH more!  Send an email to engagement@squashwa.asn.au for the password.

Some new additions to the website in general include:

  • What is squash, and how do you play it?
  • Membership area where you can be taken straight to any WA Club’s revo membership portal.
  • Find a Coach area where you can scroll through all the accredited coaches available and read where they coach, what level they can coach, and a link to contacting them directly.
  • A shop where you can order tournament shirts and event tickets.

Club of the Month – Belmont Saints! 😇😇😇

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! ❤️

For more information about the Club, please visit their website here: https://www.belmontsquash.com/ or follow them on social media: Facebook / Instagram.

August Club of the Month – Esperance!! 🏖️🐳🦘

Home of the famous Yellow Dot Ball and located in a town with the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever see, the exceptionally excellent Esperance Squash Club is our August Club of the Month!

Esperance Squash Club is located on the corner of Harbour Road and Black Street, Esperance, which is 700km southeast of Perth in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia.  This equates to a 7.5 hour drive or 80 minute plane ride from the state’s capital.

The club was established in 1967 and celebrates their uniqueness in being one of the biggest in WA with over 100 members and eight courts accessible to members 24 hours a day!  Court hire is also possibly the cheapest in WA and an absolute steal at $6 per hour.

“Our club is solely owned and run by its members. We rely on our members for busy bees, to run competitions and for the normal day to day operations of the courts. Our members always rally together when needed.”

What does a week in the life look like for Esperance Squash Club?  The club runs a Summer and Winter pennant competition with women playing on Tuesday nights, and men on Wednesdays.  Their school term junior program also runs on Thursday afternoons.  Preliminary and grand final evenings are a combined mens and womens event.  Finals night is a large social event open to the public and is usually held on a Friday or Saturday night at the end of each season.  They provide free food (catered for by their members) and cheap dinks from their licensed bar.  Friday nights and Sunday afternoons are often very busy with people coming down for a social hit.


“Occasionally in the off-season, we run a mixed doubles competition.  Our last doubles competition saw players dress up for the finals.”

“Every year on the March long weekend we hold the Esperance Open. Last year we had around 130 competitors.  We provide a fantastic, well catered for weekend for all competitors and spectators alike.  The club members work tirelessly to provide food and free flowing drinks over the whole weekend, volunteering their time behind the bar and in the kitchen.


Every two years we organise the Yellow Dot Ball. This ball has been running for over 30 years.  A committee is formed to organise this event.  It requires a lot of tireless work.  This is one of the most popular events in Esperance. Tickets sell out every year and it’s one of our biggest fundraisers for the club.”

Apart from all the squash fun that happens throughout the week, Esperance Squash Club are great at connecting with their local community!

“During COVID, our member numbers dropped quite significantly.  To reboot, we held an open day in January 2023 for everyone that wanted to attend.  At the open day we had well over 80 people turn up.  We had courts and racquets available for those who wanted to try squash, live music, sausage sizzle, bar and an exhibition match played by two of our top players.  It was a well-received afternoon that promoted squash to a wide variety of people and brought back a lot of members to the game.”

They hire their facility out to businesses and the general public as a venue for events which provides an addition income stream, further strengthened through bar sales.  School groups also hire the facility and use squash as part of their physical education curriculum.  The Club owns an inflatable squash court that is hired out for community events to raise awareness for the sport, and for kids and adults alike to come and have some fun and try a new sport!

We asked who the MVPs at the club are, to which they responded, “we have an amazing committee who work tirelessly to keep the club running so well.  But our REAL MVPs would have to be our 16 life members.  We vote on life members every couple of years.  The criteria for which, to start with, is membership for at least 15 years.  On top of this they have to have contributed to the club in other ways such as as Club President, Secretary, Treasurer, Pennants captain, committee member tournament organiser, participate in busy bees, etc.  The fact we have so many life members, is testament to our amazing club which beams with committed, long standing, members”.

Back Row:  Jane McCrea,  Raewyn Fisher, Carmel Scott, Irene Morocz, Kevin Hall, Jeff Buckman, Mike Lalor
Front Row: Deb Searle, Neville Clifton, Bill Reed and David Hall

Lastly, the club would like to give a shout out to all of their wonderful sponsors:

Esperance Toyota
South Coast Foodservice
Top Signs
Thorp Realty
Settlement Hub
Southern 4 x 4
Shark Lake Piggery
Dunc’s Liquor Barons
Sports Power
South East Fire & Safety
LJS Mobile Engineering
Clarke and Stokes
Mackenzies Electrical
Heasman & Associates Accounting
Esperance Mobile Ag Repairs
Florissons Autos

Thanks for chatting with us guys, and in particular Club Secretary Christine Torelli for getting a lot of this together. 😍

🗞️☕ July SWAN – Out Now!

Be in the know about everything squash related in Western Australia!

  • Rio Tinto supporting WA juniors
  • FeNaClNG – 4-6 August 2023
  • 51st Kalgoorlie-Boulder Golden Open
  • Southwest Masters Teams
  • Healthway Interschool Competition
  • Autumn Day League wrap up
  • Country Week
  • Squash-a-thon and Term 2 Junior Pennants wrap up
  • Club of the Month – Mirrabooka
  • …and more!!

Happy reading squash fans! 🦢🫶

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Club of the Month – Mirrabooka!! 😎👌

This month we caught up with the legends at Mirrabooka Squash Club!

Mirrabooka Squash Club is based out of the biggest centre in Australia – Squashworld Mirrabooka, so get to host a wide variety of events and tournaments.  Some of the annual events that take place are their Club Champs, the junior Squash-a-thon, Country Week, the WA Open and HEAD Junior Classic, Red Hot Summer Teams Challenge, and more.  Recently, the Australian Junior Championships and World Transplant Games were also held at Mirrabooka!

What does an average week look like at Mirrabooka?  “The metro pennant and league competitions visit us on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The centre runs King of the Court on Tuesday and Friday nights and a Saturday Social session.  The Club runs the junior program which has the most junior members out of any other Club in Western Australia. The in-house league (Wednesday nights) boasts 12+ divisions of 8 people – it is hands down the busiest night of the week.”

We then asked the crew who some of their MVPs are.  “Rich Grain recently stepped down after 8 years of presidential leadership. Grainy was instrumental in the backyard and club room renovations, hosting of Country Week and other major events, and a massive driver of country and metro participation.  Leigh Kaye has been a passionate contributor over many years, in particular in areas of coaching, governance and finance, and continues to be a valuable knowledge source in these areas.  Kane Fasolo (affectionately known as the Godfather of Squash) works in collaboration with the Club to ensure its guests and members have the best experience possible.  Junior Coordinator Serena Richardson has worked tirelessly alongside super coach Tim Cowell to build the junior program.  Weekly attendance now averages 30-40 juniors.  The Club has hosted numerous Open Days to boost numbers and has even piloted a 4-7 year old program which other Clubs have adopted.  Our junior program coaching team are a huge part of why we see so many kids coming back for more each Thursday afternoon.  Everything we do is backed by a solid committee, enthusiastic members, and an army of volunteers for whom we are extremely grateful.” 😍

..and what makes Mirrabooka the BEST club in WA?  “The Club provides a welcoming, family friendly environment for all members and guests.  The Committee works tirelessly to provide the best facilities and events possible.  Over the last few years they have dedicated countless hours to renovating the Club room and outdoor area.  We now have a beautiful outdoor beer garden and large grassed area.  Through successful grant applications we have also provided additional perks for members such as a squash cannon for juniors and high level athletes to use as a training aid, and spin bikes for players to use for warm up and cool down practices.  We were awarded the Healthway Healthy Club Award in 2022 for our efforts in providing a healthier environment. We have developed a 4-7 year old ‘pre-squash’ program which has been very successful.

The Club is committed to continuous improvement and developing new and dynamic ways of giving back to their members.  They welcome any and all feedback and/or suggestions, be it from club members, tournament competitors, social players, casual hirers, juniors and more.   They also welcome volunteers with any kind of skills to offer, for their weekly junior program, events and more.  They’re always looking for canteen helpers for Country Week (which is coming up in late September)!!

The crew wanted to give a big shout out to all the fantastic individuals and businesses that support everything they do.  “To name a few though: Shark Lake Piggery, The Racquet Shop, Little Brown Rabbit, Balmain Glass, Brickstruct, Memolub, Act Belong Commit, Fuel to Go & Play, Black Rock, Health Freak Café, and more.  ..but most importantly, everything we do could not be possible without the support of superstar and Squashworld co-owner Kane Fasolo.”

Thanks for chatting with us guys, and keep up the fabulous work!! 😎👌