Nolans supports Matawai Squash Club

The Matawai Squash Club was built in 1990, at the cost of $125,000, after three years of fundraising by a dedicated group of sports men and women who wanted a game that they could play at night or on week days.

With ever increasing costs we are especially grateful to organisations such as Nolans for sponsorship.

The squash club fundraising was supported by many locals, including Cecil Brown, who even guaranteed a loan of $25,000 dollars from the Rural Bank, to enable the installation of showers. This gesture was unheard of at the time.

The glass back was a feature to enable young mothers to play whilst their children were occupied by a large toy box. Thursday mornings is when you will find the local ladies playing squash and having a catch up these days.

Twenty three years on the club has a membership of around 50 senior and junior members. Seven tournaments are played throughout the year plus a challenge with The Hika and The Opotiki Clubs. 2013 is the first year we have introduced a joint membership with The Hika, for those members who want to play at both.

Located next to the Police Station in the small township of Matawai, the club is currently getting a facelift with cladding being attached to the outside walls.

We have been very fortunate over the last year to have Ian and Jacque (Jake) Davis as members. This father and son duo have an extensive knowledge of the game and have been involved in the sport as both players and coaches. Both of them have donated their time to run weekly coaching sessions for those of us who are keen to learn and practise new skills.

A great place to catch up with old friends and to make new ones, the Matawai Squash Club is an asset to our community that we work hard to keep running. Our fundraising efforts this year include; crutching weekends, clearing and spraying around trees and in August we hold our biannual ball.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the Matawai Squash Club please contact Jessica Arthur on 862 3410 or email

Posted: Monday 14 January 2019