Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, dropped in on Saturday to see Mote Squash Club host their Open Day.
Founded in 1978, and based in Willow Way, Mote Squash Club was originally a section of The Mote Cricket Club. Including juniors, the club now boasts a membership of 180 people, and can count national and county champions, James Evans and Amelia Henley, as members.
The Club's open day saw free coaching provided for all, with squash, racketball, and a range of other fitness activities, also being on offer. Mote Squash Club also hosts a professional tournament every year, funded by members and sponsors, with viewing free for members of the public.
The Club are hoping to raise the profile of squash in Maidstone, and improve their facilities, with a bid for funding being in the early stages of formulation.
Helen Grant MP said:
"I was delighted to be able to visit Mote Squash Club and meet with some of their members. They really are a great group of people, and having a club like this in Maidstone can only be of substantial benefit for the local community.
Squash is a wonderful sport and a great way to keep active, and I would heartily recommend that anyone interested should come down to the Club and give it a go."
The Mote Chairman, David Verga, added:
"Helen's visit to the Club will hopefully raise interest in squash, which unfortunately does not receive the same amount of attention as other higher profile sports. It was wonderful to have her here, and the Junior Members of the Club were especially delighted to meet her".
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