• Essex Junior Closed 2014
  • Essex Junior Open 2014
  • Richie Fallows representing England
  • Essex juniors in action
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An insight into the world of squash with Lauren Selby

So we thought we’d do a quick interview with one of our coaches and Director of Coaching at Off The Wall Squash, Lauren Selby. She’s a hugely experienced coach, ex-professional player and huge ambassador for getting more girls and women into the sport. Lauren has recently been nominated for the Active Essex Coach of the Year Award.



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Schools action hotting up as Roman Cup heads for final shoot-out

THE action was fast and furious as Stage Two of the Off The Wall Squash Roman Cup sprung into action at the Colchester Garrison last Thursday With 64 players from six schools from the Colchester area competing in 16 teams, the inter-schools event was high on competition and stuffed full of enthusiasm and commitment. Ardleigh School



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Richie Fallows drawn against Gaultier at British Grand Prix

Essex youngster Richie Fallows has been handed a dream draw in the first round of the AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix in Manchester next week. The 19-year-old wildcard entry, who is ranked 97th in the world, takes on top seed and world no.2 Greg Gaultier, of France. Fallows is one of six English players



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Girls power their way to National Finals

IT was celebration time for the county’s Under-15 girls team on Saturday after they booked their place in next January’s Inter-County National Finals with a blitzing display at Connaught. The six-girl team of Elise Lazarus, Alice Green, Ellie Hewes, Eleanor White, Piper Tatum and India Webb stormed through their Stage Two showdown with Surrey, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire dropping



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ESSEX LAUNCHES EXCITING NEW JUNIOR GRAND PRIX SERIES

Essex Junior Squash today unveils an exciting and innovative new Grand Prix Squash Series aimed at players School Year 10 and under who have yet to play competitive squash for the county. Following the success and launch of the Essex Development Squad recruiting programme earlier this year, we are rolling out the Grand Prix Series



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How to mentally prepare for a squash tournament

Tournaments can be stressful and it’s easy to start second guessing yourself before you begin to play. Here are a few tips for preparing mentally for a tournament: Find what relaxes you. Do you need to focus? If so, you may want to find a space where you can be alone with no distractions… and where



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Run off your Xmas excess at our Family Fun tournament

Many years ago Essex Junior Squash used to run a great Family Fun Tournament between Christmas and New Year and we thought it would be good to try again this year. Lexden Squash Club has kindly agreed to host the event 10am – 4pm on Sunday 28th December. All players are welcome, any age, any ability,



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England second favourites for World teams title

England, runners-up in the past three World Women’s Team Squash Championships, were today named the no.2 seeds for this year’s event in Canada next month. The 2006 winners have been listed behind defending champions Egypt for the 19th staging of the biennial championship at White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, from December



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Pete and Daryl make early exits from World Championships

ESSEX pair Peter Barker and Daryl Selby became the victims of two giant-killing acts at the World Squash Championships in Qatar this week as the form book was turned upside down.   Barker, the world number eight player, crashed to Australian Cameron Pilley, the world No.20, in a brutal 86-minute second-round encounter, while injury-hit Selby was



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COMMENT: Good character leads to success

Last week we posted a story highlighting concerns over the on-court behaviour of some of our young squash players. Essex coaches were asked to remind players about the game’s Code of Conduct after a number of incidents of racket abuse, unsavory language and heightened emotions on court. Feedback from the article was extremely positive and



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Glorious start to Roman Cup as schools do battle

The first round of the Roman Cup, an Inter-Schools squash tournament organised by the Off The Wall Squash Academy, got away to a glorious start at the Colchester Garrison on Thursday with 16 teams from six schools doing battle in some epic squash matches. The event will be run over three stages with 64 players



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EIGHT ESSEX PLAYERS IN TOP 20 ENGLAND RANKINGS

ENGLAND RANKINGS NOVEMBER 2014 (Essex players) Under-11 Boys: Joel Braddock (5); Max Hyde (15); Yusef Sheikh (30) Under-11 Girls Mikayla Mann (15), Aliza Sheik (27) Under-13 Boys: Oliver Green (8);  Joel Braddock (23);  Harry Martin (63);  Mikey Tallentire (75);Sujan Srindon (82);Travis-Jack Tatum (94);Ryan McCoy(98); Zaid Mushtaq (113); Max Hyde (121);  Brandon Higgins-Pearce (146); ; Max Chiver



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Time to cut out the bad behaviour on court

Essex Junior Squash coaches have been asked to remind players about the code of conduct expected of everyone who plays squash, particularly those respresenting the county. On-court behaviour by a number of players at last week’s British Junior Championship fell way below what is acceptable and highlighted an increasing trend of poor sportsmanship, racket abuse and



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FJG Foundation support for our schools’ coaching programme

THE Essex Junior Squash schools’ coaching programme, which has introduced over 4,000 youngsters to the sport in the past 18 months, was given a huge boost this week when the Colchester-based FJG Foundation backed them with a cash- for-equipment donation. A coaching team, led by former top professional player Lauren Selby, has set up schools’



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Brilliant Elise powers to fourth British Closed title

Essex’s Elise Lazarus captured an amazing fourth British Junior Closed title on Sunday after powering through the Tecnifibre Championships in Manchester without dropping a single game. The 14-year-old from Redbridge Squash Club (pictured above second right) added a second U15 title to the two U13 crowns that she already held producing some imperious squash. Karina Tyma,



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Massaro leads England’s world team bid

World champion Laura Massaro will lead England’s attempt to regain the Women’s World Team Squash Championship in Canada next month. The world no.2 from Lancashire will captain a strong team comprising four players in the world’s top 18 for the event at Niagara-on-the-Lake from December 1 to 6. Massaro will be joined in Canada by



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Pete Barker ends PSA drought with victory in Canada

Essex left-hander Peter Barker halted a 14-month run without a PSATour title in style in Canada, when he overpowered Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez in straight games to win the $50,000 Bluenose Classic in Halifax. The world no.8’s last Tour trophy was the Malaysian Open in September last year, but the 31-year-old second seed made up



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Help support C.R.Y by entering Tom Elton Barratt event at B. Stortford

The 2014 Tom Elton Barratt Junior Squash Championships are due to take place at Bishop’s Stortford Squash & Racketball Club, Hertfordshire on Sunday 30thNovember 2014. The tournament can be summarised as follows but please read the entry form for full details and conditions of the event (categories and formats are dependent on entries received): ·        



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Alice and Lauren nominated for top sports awards

LAUREN SELBY and Alice Green have both been shortlisted for the prestigious 2014 Active Essex Sports awards. Their nominations are a major coup for Essex Squash, which is enjoying a massive resurgence in popularity and unparalleled success. Former top WSA professional Lauren is now one of the country’s leading squash coaches, spearheads the Essex Junior programme and is a



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Peter and Daryl to meet in Bluenose Classic semi-final

Essex pair Peter Barker and Daryl Selby clinched a semi-final meeting in the Bluenose Classic, when both won their quarter-finals in the $50,000PSA International event in Halifax, Canada, last night. The England team-mates ensured a first Tour encounter since the NetSuite Open over a year ago, after second seed Barker defeated Australian Cameron Pilley 11-6, 11-7, 9-11,



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Essex juniors chase British Championship glory but it’s sad news for Jags

INJURY has forced Jags Sehmbi  to pull out of the Tecnifibre British Junior Championships which start in Manchester today. The Redbridge-based county player had been scheduled to open his U-19’s campaign with a first-round match against Emyr Evans of Wales but a thigh injury which has plagued him for the past month has forced his



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Men’s and women’s squash to join forces in historic merger

The world governing bodies of men’s and women’s squash are to merge in a bid to address the disparity in prize money between the sexes. A BBC study into prize money found squash was one of 10 sports that reward men more highly than women. The Professional Squash Association (PSA) and Women’s Squash Association (WSA) will



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Collette’s hard work pays off with Middlesex victory

CONNAUGHT player Collette Whittington has been working tirelessly over the past 18 months to improve her fitness, touch and technique. With the help of coach Dave Webster she has put in hundreds hours of court time and conditioning as she pushed herself to improve her squash. That hard work paid off huge dividends on Tuesday when 15-year-old Collette



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ENGLAND SQUASH MOVES TOWARDS EQUAL PRIZE MONEY

In light of the report by the BBC, which highlighted that sportsmen often earn more prize money than sportswomen, England Squash & Racketball feel that they have made good progress towards ensuring equitable prize money in their two major events. ESR have already introduced equal prize money at the National Championships and with the support