Help Save The Victoria Squash Club
The Victoria Squash Club (VictoriaSquashClub.com ) is the oldest running squash club in Victoria BC and one of the oldest in all of BC. It has been tirelessly maintained and operated by Stuart Dixon for the majority of it’s existence and has been the training grounds for countless juniors and professionals alike.
Although the club is a corporate entity, it actually operates much like a not-for-profit facility. Stuart purposely keeps prices down to facilitate easy entry into the game and to allow new players a way to affordably adopt it into their daily lives. For Stuart, it’s more about the love of the game – than it is about business. That being said, the club can generally manage its month-to-month expenditures, however recently there have been two very large bills that are both due in July; the clubs annual property tax bill ($12,000) and a common area improvement bill ($15,000) totaling $27,000. This is an extremely difficult financial proposition for Stuart to take on by himself and in all likelihood impossible to achieve on his own. Without the support of the squash community, the Victoria Squash Club will be forced to close its doors this summer.
Anyone who knows Stuart is well aware that he is extremely unselfish and always makes time to have a chat with anyone (or dog) he encounters, squash player or not. He is the last person to ever ask for a handout, but always the first to offer a hand to those in need.
I've always believed that you should choose passion over money in life and if you follow your heart things always have a way of working out. Stuart is one of those people who did just this and has taken the burden of keeping the Victoria Squash Club up and running and squash alive in Victoria for decades and now he needs some help to continue to do so.
We would like to offer the following rewards for specific donation levels as a way to encourage donations and to thank you for your generous support. *Only 1 reward per donation except for the $10 mural board which all donators will be a part of. After your donation please feel free to contact me to discuss your specific reward. My email address is info@SeriousSquash.com and my cell phone # is 250-588-5805.
Donation Incentive Rewards
Donate $5,000+ - Lifetime Victoria Squash Club Membership
Donate $3,000+ - Court Name - includes a 1 year membership. Court 1, 2 or 3 will be named in your/or your companies honour and this will be commemorated with your last name stenciled on the court door.
Donate $1,000 - 1 Year Adult Victoria Squash Club Membership + 3 Free Months at the Victoria Squash Club. New members only.
Donate $500 - Buy a 1 Year Junior Membership for any kid in Victoria. If you don't have a child of your own we will offer this to one of the kids who come in from one of the school who loves squash, but cannot afford a membership. All the equipment they need will be provided free of charge.
Donate $250 - 5 x 45 Minute Private Squash Lessons by me, Chris Hanebury. They do not expire and are transferable. If you live out of the city you will have to wait patiently for me to visit or you can contact me about flying me in.
Donate $75 - Play Me (Chris Hanebury) in a Match (it can count as a challenge match on Sporty HQ and count towards provincial ranking points!) This does not expire and are transferable.
Donate $50 - 90 Minute Float at Floathouse Victoria (or the soon to open Langford location).
Donate $25 - Serious Squash Instructional Film - digital download of either The Secrets Of Solo Hitting or Mastering Deception.
OR for $25 - 2 Adult Guest Passes for The Victoria Squash Club.
Donate $10 +- Sign Our Save The Club Mural - Anyone who donates $10 or more will get their name added to the save the club mural. Even if you purchase 1 of the other reward packages above you will also be added to this special mural. If you live in Victoria you can sign it in person and if you don't we will write your name for you. We will display the mural in the club and post pictures when the campaign is complete.
About Stuart Dixon
Stuart Dixon is a member of the Squash Canada Hall Of Fame (2010) and has coached many National Teams and has produced loads of top junior players. He's coached thousands of juniors over the years and has a passion for squash, coaching and for working with kids. He is the owner, manager and head squash professional of The Victoria Squash Club.
My name is Chris Hanebury from Ajax, Ontario. I graduated from Western Ontario in 2009 and I've known Stuart from when I played as a junior in the 90's. I moved to Victoria 7 years ago to do my Masters at the University of Victoria and at that time Stuart got me a job coaching squash at St. Michaels University School where I am still coaching to this day. Stuart was incredibly welcoming and kind to me and was the best mentor I've ever had the privilege of working with. It was evident instantly that he absolutely loves coaching and that he posses the perfect balance between fun and competitive spirit in his teaching.
If we lose the squash club, we will lose one of the best social communities and longest running squash clubs in British Columbia. But, if we can raise enough money to pay off these 2 bills the club will be able to stay open! At that time I can help Stuart come up with a plan to attract new members to cover future unexpected costs such as these. If you would like to invest in the club, donate any item for an upcoming silent auction or if have some ideas on how to increase our membership base and revenue please feel free to contact me at info@SeriousSquash.com
Please share this link with your friends, colleagues and fellow squash players! On behalf of Stuart and the entire membership base of the Victoria Squash Club I would like to thank you for your time and support!
Last night we also gave a quick update about what's happening now with the club. A meeting with the landlord is coming up shortly which will give us some more answers.
One of our members is also going to look at the recent year end financials for the club. After the meeting and financial assessment we will appoint some subcommittees and decide what changes should be made. So things are still progressing so stay tuned for more news and updates.
Thanks again to all of you for being part of our squash community and for giving the Victoria Squash Club a fighting chance!
1) Whistler Package for 2 (2 nights accommodation + hiking or biking tour + squash lesson)
2) 2 Squash Racquets
3) 2 Serious Squash Yoga Mats (1 comes with a roller and Sony Noise Cancellation Headphones)
4) 6 Floats
5) Deebees Organic Gift Basket
6) Baker Spa Package
7) 3 Oil Changes + Car Products
8) $200 in Starbucks Gift Cards
9) Paleo Cookbook + Seasoning
10) 2 Purses (1 comes with a gift card to the Parsonage)
11) White Orca
12) 1 Night Accommodation + Breakfast for 2 at Chateau Victoria
13) Beats Headphones
I believe there are others I can't recall off the top of my head. The bidding will continue until Saturday night at the cup tournament dinner. Place a bid and maybe you'll win a cool item while also helping out the squash club at the same time! It's a win-win :)
Basically there are 3 main possibilities moving forward.
1) stay put and put some tlc into the club
2) try and get in with the new crystal pool similar to what cedar hill did
Likely #1 will have to happen to some degree regardless of what happens long term. How much money is put into #1 could also dictate if we are going to try and stay put or move locations. There are a lot of unknowns moving forwards so we have a lot of work to do over the summer. If you'd like to help out with any of 3 above areas please let me know.
We are also looking into online booking, key access for non-peak times and some minor renovations to spruce up the club. We have some people who will look into the current and future potential impact on club finances before making any final decisions.
The silent auction begins next week and we have some great items available. If you'd like to donate an item to help with some of the upcoming club expenses please contact me at info@SeriousSquash.com. Please pop by the club next week to place some bids too. The goal is to get the auction started by Tuesday/Wednesday and have it wrap up Saturday evening at the cup tournament dinner. That's all for now. Stay tuned for further updates.