Squash Centre & Gym
The Stafford Squash Centre was built by its original owner Cyril Sorbello in 1969. The complex consisted of 6 squash courts and a managers residence.
A further 3 courts and a gym were later added in 1973. Cyril sold the centre in 1973 to Ernie Robbins, Wally Connell, Taffy Rhodes and Jimmy Clark.
Ernie and his wife Maureen became sole owners in 1996.
The Energy Store leased the gym and two of the courts from Ernie and Maureen, and was run as an independent business.
Stafford Squash Club
The Stafford Squash Club inaugural season was in 1971. Its first President was Tony Pemberton.
The club has been most fortunate in having many hard working and enthusiastic members and committee over the years. Remarkably quite a few players from the clubs early days are still actively involved.
The success of the club has been due in a big way to the cooperation between the successive committees and the centre owners. Most particularly with Ernie Robins, a long time active player and life member.
Squash in Brisbane in recent years has seen some tough times with many centres going out of business.
Although player numbers have dropped somewhat compared to the club’s boom years of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, the Stafford Squash Club is still going strong.
The club has a reputation for friendliness and fair play.
New players are always most welcome.