Major events

This section describes the major sporting events in the Club’s history. ESC has hosted a vast number of Scottish Championships, the Scottish Open first being held in 1936, the latest being in 2020. The World Junior Championships were at the Club held in 1988, an event at which the newly converted courts 6 and 7 were introduced to the World. In recent years, an Open event for all comers (The ESC Open) has been held at the end of January, and has attracted some of the World’s leading players. An extremely comprehensive record of the event from 2013 onwards is available here. Please note that you require to access the Menu / Archive option to access previous years.

Other recent developments have included the Octoberfest of Squash, first held in 1995, and Mayhem, first held in 2012. Octoberfest was initiated by the Club, partly at the behest of other Scottish clubs which wished to hold a social mixed team weekend competition, but felt that ESC was the venue most likely to command the attention of other Scottish clubs, and have the management and team contacts throughout Europe to make a truly international event. Mayhem was conceived by a young student member (David Coutts), who felt the average age of the Octoberfest participants (around 35?) was just too old for his liking, so he and Stevie Sproule arranged the contacts. Both events regularly attract around 16 teams of 6 players.

Other major events include the almost annual Graded (age group) opens and internationals, the European Club Championships (held at ESC in 2019), visits from celebrities, e.g. Gregory Gaultier and Mohamed El Shorbagy, Edinburgh Open Doors Day participation, Festival Fringe events and the Summer Mini teams leagues (a.k.a. the McLauchlan Trophy) and presentation dinners.

To whet your appetite, we’ve inserted a slideshow which features a number of the major events held during the last few years.