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National Squash Centre [photo: squashpics.com]
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National Squash Centre

One of the great sporting legacies of the 2002 Commonwealth Games is the National Squash Centre based at Sportcity. So what's it all about and can anyone play there? Find out more

National Squash Centre, Sportcity, Manchester
Address:Rowsley St (Gate 13)
Manchester
M11 3FF
General enquiries:0161 231 4499
Court bookings:0161 220 3801
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Ticket Prices: adult: £4.20 per 45 mins
Opening Times: Mon-Fri: 0700-2200 (last court 2115) Sat/Sun: 0900-1700 (last court 1615)
Sports:Squash
Disability Facilities:wheelchairdisabled toilet

The National Squash Centre is part of the Sportcity complex that was constructed for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Costing approximately £3.5m, the facilities include six courts and one glass-walled show court (this alone cost £110,000). The show court is moveable: it floats on air like a hovercraft and can be positioned in the athletics hall for all major tournaments.

All of the courts are 'state of the art', with the ability to convert into either singles or doubles courts at the touch of a button.

What happens there?

"The Nationals at the NSC is one of the best tournaments there is... It's first class. "
James Willstrop, squash player

The National Squash Centre hosts a number of national and international squash tournaments. This year, it has already staged the National Squash Championships 2005.

And it's already been selected as the venue for the Gerrard Grand Prix 2005 (23 - 26 September) and the 2005 Dunlop British Open Squash Championships (9 - 17 October).

Can anyone play?

Yes. It's open every day of the week (Mon-Fri: 0700-2200 (last court 2115); Sat/Sun: 0900-1700 (last court 1615) and you can book courts by ringing 0161 220 3801. Cost: £4.20 per 45 mins

Getting there

By train: Piccadilly Station then bus or walk

By Bus: 216, 271, 230 to 237, X36 & X37

By car: From south, follow M56 for Manchester Airport. Continue on M56 to M60 (ring road) North East. Follow M60 North East and leave at junction 23 (Ashton under Lyne.) From junction 23, follow A635 (Manchester Road) west to Manchester and continue to A662 to Ashton New Road. You will see a Mercedes garage on Ashton New Road. Turn down the side of the garage onto Rowsley Street. Follow the road until you see Gate 13. Go through this gate and follow the road around the outdoor track to the bottom where you can park free. The entrance to the building is to the right of the parking area.

From the north east, follow the M60 (ring road) South East. Leave at Junction 23 (Ashton under Lyne.) From junction 23, follow A635 (Manchester Road) west to Manchester and continue to A662 to Ashton New Road. You will see a Mercedes garage on Ashton New Road. Turn down the side of the garage onto Rowsley Street. Follow the road until you see Gate 13. Go through this gate and follow the road around the outdoor track to the bottom where you can park free. The entrance to the building is to the right of the parking area.

National Squash Centre [photo: squashpics.com]
National Squash Centre, Manchester

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