Devon and Exeter Squash Club makes for a fascinating case study as it is really is one of a kind. Although I think that as a whole it would be impossible to replicate exactly what Adam Lings has built in Exeter it is possible to take certain elements and add them to your club set up.
The first thing that strikes you as you enter the Devon and Exeter Club is the club layout. A member once described it to me as the show court being in the bar. This makes for a fantastic tournament atmosphere but is also a contributing factor to the fantastic social side to the club. The layout alone however would not make for a great club and it really is the welcoming atmosphere of the staff that makes the club so special. This is something that seems straight forward, can't all staff be more welcoming and sociable but at Devon and Exeter this is not just staff attempting to be friendly this is genuine friendship.
I think that it is obvious that the right kind of people are vital to create this atmosphere but it's the added extras that I think make all the difference in Exeter. The club is always putting on handicap tournaments, exhibitions, parties and social nights. These are the finishing touches to the Devon and Exeter Club atmosphere and what has helped to make the centre into the club and society that it is today. I have listed below a few examples of the sort of socials the club has organised.
Devon and Exeter Club Events
Title Unification Exhibition match - Tim Vail National Racketball Champion and Mike Harris National Squash57 Champion
West of England Racketball Festival
UK-Racketball Series one of the longest standing venues
West of England Racketball Team Challenge