The remit of the Squash Committee is to pursue the interests of the club and members and ensue a healthy and thriving squash section at the club. The committee meets on a regular basis to plan upcoming events, review the ongoing management of the squash section, and plan future improvements to the club.
The members of the committee are from a wide range of disciplines in the club. New committee members are accepted by agreement from the existing committee members.
Alan has been playing squash for over twenty five years and manages to arrange the odd game whilst inter-spacing his granddad role. He is in every sense a troubled soul, having been a Newcastle United supporter for over forty years and wonders if he will ever see the Magpies win anything!
Clive has been involved in squash for over 30 years as a player, coach, and club manager. He uses his considerable experience to help make Northern Squash Club the best that it can be. He aims to continue the fantastic work done by his predecessors in the roles, Tony Brett and Derek Collins.
Although originally from the Manchester area, Clive now resides in Newcastle and views it as his home. He has been a member of Northern Squash Club for a number of years and in his own words, "I've enjoyed every minute of it and have gained some great friends."
Dave has served on the Northern Squash Committee since 2008, having been a member of the club since 2003. He is responsible for coordinating the team fixtures and team nominations.
Dave's squash career started in 1981 in Cheshire before moving to the North-East in 1990. Before joining Northern, Dave played at Ponteland, Kingston Park (rugby club) and Northumberland Club (Jesmond). He currently plays in the Northern Internal Leagues and Men's teams (captaining the 6th team in recent seasons).
Since joining the committee to replace an outgoing member in June 2015, Julie has been responsible for taking the minutes at the monthly committee meeting. A veteran squash spectator, she has recently caught the bug and dreams of reaching a standard to join the leagues.
Richard looks after all Junior matters at Northern squash club. He is chairman of Junior squash and head coach.
Richard is Qualified by England Squash to level 4 and CRB checked. He also undertakes all the squad coaching for juniors and organises Junior competitions.
If you have a query regarding any aspect of Junior squash, Junior coaching, or Junior competitions at Northern, you can contact Richard directly on (0191) 2859712.
Continues to talk a much better game than he can play, Roger has now been enjoying the game for more than forty years, despite the desperately obvious disadvantage of having never received a single coaching lesson.
He has drawn on a career as an experienced sports journalist and broadcaster to improve communication within the club, establishing the regular newsletter Northern Volleys in which he tries to reproduce the same hard hitting style he shows with his serves.
Recent success in the Over 55s Handicap competition took his individual trophy collection over five decades to a highly impressive two.
Sarah has quickly proved to be a formidable presence at the club whether on court, in meetings or at the bar. A team player in every sense, she set up the squash Facebook page, overcoming her natural shyness to help improve communication within the club. Her similarly reticent daughter Abigail has been one of the junior innovators behind the club’s successful Dazzling Doubles competition.
More importantly, Sarah has used her professional healthcare background to take a vital lead in establishing strong safeguarding policies at Northern, introducing a comprehensive programme of on-line courses for key members.
Chairman of junior squash Tim, who also captains the club's 4th team, caught the squash bug when his children showed a real interest in the game having been introduced to it via Richard Vitty's schools outreach programme. He now loves playing team squash, the social side of the squash club and watching his daughters progress within the club's junior structure.
Originally from Lancashire, Tim's law firm sponsors the club's annual junior event. One of Tim's (as yet unfulfilled) ambitions is to reach league 1 of the internal leagues. Watch this space!
Wayne took over as secretary of the internal leagues at Northern when the previous league secretary, Andy Lee, emigrated to Lanzarote. Before taking over, Wayne worked closely with Andy to develop the Wazygoose League Management system to power the leagues.
Wayne took up squash in his mid-twenties and aims to improve on his solid mid-table form (receiving weekly coaching from Derek Collins certainly helps!). Before coming to Northern, Wayne played squash in Preston and Manchester, playing Team Squash for Springfields Club near Preston and regularly playing at the National Squash Centre at SportCity in Manchester.