Squash: Facilities are first class in the local area – Willstrop

James Willstrop.

James Willstrop.

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I have been fortunate to have had access to some outstanding sporting facilities over the years, and as a professional player it is crucial to have that.

Fitness or squash clubs are the office, and as I get older and having spent many years playing the game and training hard for it, I appreciate being able to work in a comfortable atmosphere. And think of all that court time I have used: my electricity bill alone would be extortionate so I have a lot to be thankful for. I grew up playing in Pontefract and still train there most of the time. There is good feeling and energy in the air. Always a warmth about the place. Chapel Allerton Squash Club in Leeds and Queens Sports Club in Halifax are two clubs I have used abundantly over the years and I feel lucky to have done so.

And recently I have been welcomed to the David Lloyd club in Leeds. As a sports facility, they don’t come any more impressive. A classy cafe is the central point of the action and an indoor and outdoor swimming pool await for the post session cool down. I have worked with my brother David Campion here recently, and those tougher efforts on court are made that little bit more bearable by the first-class surroundings.

The squash at David Lloyd is thriving too. Leeds rugby legend Ellery Hanley and ex-squash professional Jonathan Lilley have been instrumental in helping the team gain promotion in to the Harrogate and District League Division 1 next season. The Yorkshire League is calling it seems! No more than such a place deserves.

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