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We are Northants Squash Centre

The premier venue for Squash in and around Northamptonshire.

Situated in the market town of Daventry, Squash has been played at the Stefan Hill site since 1973.  Conveniently located on the edge of town and close to major roads, we are also just 20 minutes drive from Northampton and Rugby.

A diverse, unpretentious and vibrant membership enjoys the very best the sport can offer – fun, friendship, competition and fitness on our world-class court facilities.

We are affiliated to England Squash and are regular hosts of both county and national tournaments.

Previously known as Daventry Squash and Racketball, we are a constituent part of the,  we share our site with table tennis, athletics, Rugby Union, bowls, archery, gym and a fully licensed bar.

Our committee members


Chris Ridgway


Chris has been playing regularly for 20 years, with two of his daughters also England junior ranked.  

Chris is passionate about Squash, playing for the club’s team in the county league, as well as in local and overseas tournaments.  

Away from the courts, he is a keen Alpine skier, enjoys cycling and motorsport and is a supporter of Wrexham FC. 

Chris is a Chartered Surveyor and a partner of a global property consultancy.


Ray Chessum

Club Coach

Ray has been playing social and team Squash for many years.

Since 2017, Ray has been coaching Daventry juniors and was recently awarded his Level 2 certification.  

Ray really enjoys helping people improve their game and general fitness.  The success of junior training will be soon be joined by lady’s training and squad night.

When he’s not on court, you’ll find him on his bike with our membership secretary, or triathlon training .

Ray is a logistics specialist, working for a local food wholesale business.


Mike Broadbent

Membership Secretary

Mike has been the chairman of the Northants SRA since 2017 and is also chairman of Lings Squash Club in Northampton, where he plays his team Squash.

He started coaching junior players in 2007, recently became a Level 2 qualified coach and is delighted to oversee the training and competition junior pathway in the county.

Squash is a way of life for Mike, but outside of this, he is a keen cyclist.

Mike is a project manager for vehicle software and dynamics company.

Gilly Chessum

Gilly Chessum


Gilly joins the committee as a non playing Squash enthusiast.  As wife and mum to keen players, she has provided administrative assistance to Daventry juniors since 2017 helping with both coaching and Grand Prix events.

She believes that robust and transparent financial procedures are the bedrock of any successful organisation and is committed to providing these for Northants Squash Centre.

Gilly has worked in various areas of finance for over 20 years, currently in a senior role for a FTSE250 company. 

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Kelly Harris

Vice Chair

Kelly started playing Squash over 40 years ago.  He describes the sport as being transformational for him, certain that the nature of the game and the connections made through it have positively shaped his life.  

He is a regular social and team player, as well assisting with junior coaching. Both of his daughters play, with the older being county champion and England ranked 9 in her age group.  

Kelly is positive and optimistic about the future of Squash, especially with the facilities and opportunities afforded by Northants Squash Centre.  

Kelly is a marketer in the print industry and is a director of an e-commerce business.


Tim Dunkley

Club Captain

Tim has been playing Squash since the late seventies, for much of it representing the now sadly closed Dallington in the county leagues, often as team captain.

Tim brings a deep knowledge and understanding of team Squash.  Together with his unbridled enthusiasm, he is focussed on contributing to the growth and success of Northants Squash Centre.

Tim is a fabrication engineer and very much likes to “get things done.”