History of the Club

Colinton Castle Sports Club…
……was an idea between George Mieras, teaching at Merchiston Castle School (MCS) and introducing squash to the pupils, and Merchistonian Neil Kilpatrick who was playing for the Edinburgh University’s Kings’s Buildings Squash teams which George ran. The potential of the idea was recognised by a School Governor and leading Scottish Businessman, Gibson Biggart, who persuaded his fellow Governors to commission a feasibility study then agree to the project. He became the first Chairman of the Company.

Two years of very hard detailed work raising finance, getting planning permission, designing and outfitting the building and much more followed before Lord Robertson, MCS Chairman, opened the first 4 courts in February 1973.

Brenda Carmichael, on her way to an MBE for being the first player to gain 50 caps in squash home internationals, was the first Manager. She was later succeeded by long serving Jock Smith, originally Company Secretary.

Two more courts quickly followed to ease the long membership waiting list and finally, the 2 glass back courts brought the total number to 8. The King’s Buildings teams transferred with most players to Scottish Divisions 1 and 2, the latter becoming East Division 1 when that Association was formed in 1972. Many other teams followed and the club boomed, with an enviable reputation for known for producing top-class junior players such as Mark Maclean, who went on to reach the top 10 in the world rankings.

Innovatory tournaments such as the Scottish Quaich and Scottish Schools Quaich followed. CCSC had taken George into all areas of squash including representing Scotland in international meetings. This allowed the word to be spread about the ever growing Scottish Junior Open so successfully hosted by the club for many years, with participation by teams from around the World – Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, India and elsewhere.

In 1995 the Club hosted the WSF World Masters with the best ever women’s player, Heather McKay, one of the Champions.

The club moved away from being professionally staffed to volunteer run in 2006 and retains the spirit, character and culture of the last 40 years. Our investment in youth remains, and we heartily welcome new and old players and above all, we love playing squash.