Get Inspired: How to get into squash

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If you're after for a sport where you can work up a real sweat, squash world champion Laura Massaro tells us to look no further.

How do I start?

To get started in England, visit The England Squash website. You can also find details of local clubs in Scotland,Wales and Northern Ireland.

What is squash?

Two players, each with a racquet, take turns to hit a ball onto the walls of the court. The ball has to stay within the designated lines on the walls for the players to score a point.

Is it for me?

Squash can be played by all ages and abilities, you just need a racquet, a ball and some comfortable sports clothing. Most leisure centres offer a pay and play option and a game only lasts around 40 minutes so it's easy to squeeze in if you have a busy schedule.

What to expect when I start?

  • Squash is a great upper and lower body workout, strengthening muscles and burning up to 800 calories per hour.
  • It helps improves reaction, agility, and hand-eye coordination due to the closed space and how quick the ball can move.
  • The English Deaf Squash Association provides opportunities for deaf people of all ages to play squash - from open tournaments to friendly matches at squash clubs across the country.
  • Most clubs and centres have racquets and balls available to hire for a small cost.
  • Squash 57 is squash but at a slower pace meaning you still get a great full body workout but it's less intense and easier to pick up the basics.

To get you in the mood ...

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Nick Matthew on his aim to get more children playing squash

Are you inspired to try squash? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the activity by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired, visiting us on Facebook or email us on getinspired@bbc.co.uk.

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