Big change for Littles
THE Murwillumbah Squash Court has hosted its last game.
Owners Brendon and Annemieke Little have announced plans to close the court and embark on a new business venture.
The courts were built more than 30 years ago by the Bright family.
The Little family bought the courts more than 15 years ago and have enjoyed their time with the squash community of Murwil- lumbah.
“There were originally six squash courts and we made a business decision to close down four of the courts,” Mr Little said.
“About five or six years ago we closed down the second court. We are very sorry and sad for thepeople who loved to play squash there.
“Unfortunately, even though it is an addictive game, we just did not get the numbers in and we can not keep it open.”
Mr Little and his wife will turn the squash court into a museum.
The couple said the facility would act as a hobby business.
“We are turning the space into a nautical arts and crafts replica ship museum,” Mr Little said.
“It’s a new business and a new idea for Murwillum- bah.
Even though we are sad about closing the court we are looking forward to a new business and a new start.
“It can be hard when you become acquainted with players, and you feel like a bad sport for closing the court down, but we had to make a business decision.”
Some enthusiastic Murwillumbah squash players enjoyed a final game on the court yesterday before the doors were closed.
“You have to draw the line somewhere, and even though it is an all-weather sport which can be played around the clock we just did not get the numbers,” Mr Little said.
“It has been a great business to have in Murwillumbah and we have enjoyed it."