As of the end of September 2022, 23 Clubs have signed up and are using the Single Platform. These clubs are using the platform based on their needs, using some or all of the features – fitting each club’s needs. Don’t take Irish Squash’s word for it – please see what the members of the team in Westport (Gerry Galvin, Jens Hellberg and Brian O’Brien) have to say.
The 2019/20 squash season was a very exciting one for Westport Squash Club: following years of planning and fundraising, the club’s premises and squash courts had been extensively refurbished. Works were completed in the summer of 2019, and club members enjoyed the new facilities to the full. However, this all came to a standstill in March 2020 with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the development of the club continued during the enforced hiatus.
In recent years, the club had sought to use online services to make playing squash more accessible and convenient for members, operate its own website, sustain a presence on social media, sign up to an online booking service for courts and rung the club ladder. So, when Irish Squash offered our Club the chance to act as pilot for its new Single Platform, this seemed a logical step to take.
As well as providing the services such as website hosting, online court booking and competitions, the Single Platform (SportyHQ) provided the club with additional tools such as:
The club has yet to take full advantage of the features the service offers; we hope soon to integrate the system with the activation of the squash court lights and run our annual tournaments on the software.
But just as important as the additional convenience and automation, the Single Platform Project has enabled Westport Squash Club to become more integrated into the Irish Squash community. The club connects more easily with other squash clubs at both a provincial and national level. It is this connection which we feel will enable the game of squash to grow and be enjoyed by more people, both at a local and national level.