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.

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. 😍

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!! 😎👌

Club of the Month – Dampier!! 😎☀️

We are absolutely delighted to introduce you to Miss June – the totally awesome Dampier Squash Club!

Dampier Squash Club is located on Haig Street, Dampier, which is a little over 1,500km north of Perth in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The club celebrates their uniqueness in being the only open air squash facility in Western Australia.  They have a rich history, dating back to 1970 that they are very proud of.

The club runs a Wednesday pennant competition that welcomes players of all levels. They truly make the most of their picturesque amphitheatre, embracing the warm weather and outdoor lifestyle, with teams taking turns cooking dinner for all, getting the fire pit roaring. Members also have access to the courts to play socially as it suits them.

Dampier Squash Club runs their annual FeNaClNg tournament in late July/early August which attracts 90-100 players that compete in teams of four. The event is renowned for its welcome dinner where club members provide locally caught fish, squid and prize Red Emperor for a Friday night FEAST!  This year will be the FeNaClNg tournament’s 33rd anniversary, and the club is looking forward to welcoming players from across the state with their friendly hospitality, warm weather and great squash.  Players are invited to set up camp at the courts or stay at nearby accommodation, including the neighbouring Dampier Mermaid Hotel.  Matches are played across the Saturday and Sunday, wrapping up with presentations and a closing function on Sunday evening.

When asked who the MVPs at the club are, they proudly beamed “EVERYONE! We are really lucky to have a great community at the club.”  Special mentions went to President Cal Heath, Treasurer and former Club Captain Silas Briskey, and current Club Captain Simon Keogh.

“These guys work away behind the scenes dotting the I’s and crossing the t’s to make sure we all have a great squash experience. They are forever looking for ways to advance and improve the club whilst preserving and celebrating the unique atmosphere and set up we have at Dampier.  We also have a hardworking team of volunteers who pull together our FeNaClNg tournament each year.”

Unfortunately, they are facing the prospect of the courts being demolished to make way for a caravan park. While they are fighting hard to keep their club and maintain their unique facilities, any support they can garner from our wider squash community would be very warmly welcomed.  So if you love their club, courts and FeNaClNg Tournament as much as we do, please put pen to paper and provide them with a letter of support from your own club to help them with their cause.

Lastly, the club would like to give a shout out to their major sponsors Dampier Community Association, Pilbara Mitsubishi, ChemDry Northwest, and Dampier Mermaid Hotel.

May Club of the Month – Cambridge Squash Club

We are thrilled to introduce you to Miss May – the wonderful Cambridge Squash Club, who are based out of Squashworld Cambridge, 292 Cambridge Street, Wembley!

The Cambridge Open is their major annual event which draws quality players from all over the state. The Club runs a canteen to provide food for players and spectators throughout the tournament, and wrap things up with one of their famously enjoyable after parties.

The annual Club Championships event is open for all members to enter, and some years they have opened it up to regular visitors to the courts as well. Club members from all grades and membership types are encouraged to play.

They also proudly host a Junior teams event each year, at which the Club again runs a canteen to keep all the hungry juniors and their families well-fed.

We first asked the team what makes their Club the best in Western Australia.

“Firstly our great location in the leafy suburb (and top Christmas lights street) of Wembley, and right next door to Albert’s which is a handy watering hole after a tough match with a mate. The Racquet Shop inside caters for squash, tennis, badminton and more. We have a dedicated club room for committee meetings and weekly pennant competition suppers.

Secondly, the great people of our club are gold.  They are always smiling, friendly, supportive and all there for the right reasons. We also have the best curry nights for events such as last year’s 60th anniversary celebrations; co-owner Simmo (Adam Simmons) is our go-to curry God!

Lastly, our inclusiveness – not only is everyone welcomed for all in-house and social weekly events, but also when there are tournaments throughout the year where travel is involved; our members band together to coordinate travel and accommodation, and share expenses and experiences. It’s such great fun to go to tournaments as a group, as far as Esperance or Katanning or even the FeNaClNG Squash Tournament hosted by Dampier Squash Club. Inclusivity is the practice of creating great squash opportunities for a broad range of users and their varied squash abilities – which is demonstrated in all aspects of how we invite in and retain our club members.”

..and what does a week in the life of Cambridge Squash Club look like?  Well, there are all levels of involvement for Cambridge members, from social hits to pennants to juniors!

“Every Monday and Tuesday we have Cambridge members that play in the Squash WA Pennant competition, with 32 members currently playing this month.  Pennant players are issued with the must-have signature blue club shirt.  Every Wednesday night and Saturday morning we conduct a social squash hit.  This is very inclusive for players of all levels and to whoever shows up, whether a club member or a visitor.  There is a popular Thursday night in-house social competition, based on 20 minutes of continuous play. Participants play in teams of four.  It’s all not too serious, but we always see good competitive games here. The bonus is to have Dean Williams running this competition!  Friday nights is our junior training night which is run by Audrey, James, and Amos. We have usually 25 to 30 children and youths, and are always looking to encourage more to join in on the fun and coaching.”

We asked who the MVPs are at Cambridge Squash Club.

“Our committee includes Life Members Dave (Secretary) and Audrey, as well as Michelle, Sue, Jamie, Barb (Club Captain), James (President) and Mason (Treasurer).  Audrey, Dave and James have been nominated for the Squash WA Volunteer of the Year award.  Tim Cowell also does a wonderful job running the Friday afternoon junior program, assisted by Audrey, James and Amos Bruce.

But our biggest star member is Dean Williams. Dean was one of the leading players in the game in the late-1970s and 1980s, reaching a career–high world ranking of World  No. 3 in 1984. He has been a long standing member of Cambridge Squash Club for more than 20 years.  Dean brings his experience, welcoming smile and sense of humour to our Thursday night in-house competition. We feel very honoured to have him at the courts with us each week.”

Finally, we asked the crew what they wanted people to know about their Club.

“Our committee is so awesome!  All roles are full, however we could do with some young blood, and so encourage our 20 to 35 year olds to not be shy and put their hand up at our next AGM which is at 12:30pm on Saturday 13 May. We are especially looking for helpers on Friday night afternoons to help out with junior coaching, where there is always room for more mentors to bring our rising stars up the ranks.”

Thanks so much for chatting with us crew, and keep up all the amazing work you do!!

Special shoutout to the sponsors of Cambridge Squash Club, Gow Property (https://gowproperty.com.au/), Mark from Balcatta Glass (https://www.balcattaglass.com.au/), Mason from Hawthorn Civil and Mining (https://hawthorncs.com.au/), Gareth from Egmont Electrical (https://egmontelectrical.com.au/), Charlie from Flinders Financial (https://www.flindersfinancial.com.au/) and Alex from KR Surveys (https://krsurveys.com.au/).

Updates to the Squash WA Board

Squash WA are delighted to introduce you to the new Board for 2023!

President: Ryan Callegari (Busselton)
Vice President: Glenn Hitch (Mirrabooka)
Secretary: Katy Scott (Belmont)
Treasurer: Brad Hibbs (Mandurah)
Board Member: Neil Butler
Board Member: Michelle Classen (Mirrabooka)
Board Member: Yvette Clement (Blue Gum)
Board Member: Michaela Pratt (Narrogin)

A very special welcome to Brad Hibbs, Yvette Clement and Michaela Pratt who are making their Board debut! 

New President Ryan Callegari, who many of you would already know, has served as Vice President since 2021.  Ryan is an extremely passionate and dedicated squashie who, we have no doubt, will do great things for our sport.  We asked Ryan to share a bit of his background with the squash community:

“Dear all member clubs, life members and valued volunteers,

Thank you for my recent re-nomination to the board. I look forward to serving the association as your President for this coming year.  A big thanks to Glenn Hitch for his valuable contribution over the last few years. Thankfully Glenn won’t be going anywhere though! We need everyone working together to carry squash into the future to not only survive but to THRIVE.

For those that don’t know me, I live in Busselton with my wife Megan and two young junior squash players Evie & Oscar. I started playing squash after electing ‘Squash/Golf’ as an optional Physical Education class in Grade 9. I didn’t really fit into team sports; I was the never the first kid picked to be in the team.  Upon joining the Busselton junior squash club, I came to realise I was definitely not alone! It was the most inclusive environment I had ever stepped foot in, and formed a really important part of my teenage years. Not just in my development as a player, but also my personal development under the tutelage of great squash people such as Ron Clayton, Sean Brockman, Brian Roby, Warren Oliver, Dave Windsor and so many more.

As the years passed on and I started to form relationships with other clubs, players and volunteers, I came to realise that this environment was not just exclusive to Busselton. It was a state-wide environment, engrained into the culture of our clubs and association. I believe that this is why squash in WA is so special. It comes back to the clubs, and the people driving and participating in them each and every day. I truly believe there is nothing else out there quite like it.

With your help, the Board and I are very excited to progress our Strategic Plan into 2023 and beyond, to not only protect our sport but grow our participation and footprint across the state.

I look forward to catching up with everyone in the coming weeks!”


February Club of the Month – Leschenault Squash Club!

Once a month, WA Squash profiles one of our wonderful Clubs, alternating between Metro and Country.

Why do we do this?

  • Promote awareness of facilities
  • Increase facility usage
  • Recognise people in the squash community that go above and beyond
  • Give publicity to sponsors/supporters
  • “Put faces to names”
  • Promote pride in the Clubs people belong to

We are absolutely delighted to introduce Miss February to you – the totally AWESOME Leschenault Squash Club, which is based out of Leschenault Leisure Centre, Leisure Drive, Australind.📍

We spoke to the Committee about what and who MAKES the Club.

Our annual Beerfarm Classic Teams Tournament will be back for its fifth year this August! We love having the chance to invite the WA squash community to be part of our squash family and show off our fabulous club. We also run an annual Christmas Cup in the last three weeks of our December term. Each year ends with an awesome Christmas party where we celebrate the club, each other, and everything squash.

The regular goings-on at the Club are social squash & training every Monday, as well as a weekly pennant competition every Thursday. “Many of our members are squash fanatics and like to catch up with each other in their own time for … you guessed it … even more squash!

When asked who their MVPs are, they simply couldn’t narrow it down and exclaimed, “everyone is awesome!” Awww! 🫶

When asked why Leschenault is the BEST Club in WA, they proudly responded, “Leschenault Squash Club encompasses squash at its finest – good mates, good beer & good vibes.” Well, we can’t argue with that!! 👫🍻👌

At Leschenault Squash Club you will feel welcomed, valued and amongst friends.

Special shout out to the Club’s major sponsors: Beerfarm, Leschenault Leisure Centre, Pete’s Chop Shop, Jason Windows, Ford & Doonan, Pool & Spa Mart, and Coastline Homes.


Thank you so much for chatting with us, and keep up the great work everyone at Leschenault!!