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British Open finalist Elise gets a hero’s return from club mates

British Junior Open finalist Elise Lazarus received a hero’s welcome when she returned to The Connaught Club following her astounding efforts at last week’s prestigious tournament in Sheffield. Elise, 16, from Woodford Green, became the first English girl in four years to reach a British Junior Open final, the world’s most prestigious tournament in the



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WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME AN ESSEX PLAYER? COME TO OUR TRIALS DAY ON JANUARY 22nd

Essex Junior Squash is again casting its net to find the next generation of potential squash stars. We are staging another trials day where ANY player under the age of 13 and not already identified as County standard can come along and show our coaches how good you are. There’s no charge and it’s open to all



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Diary Date: Connaught Junior Bronze event (Feb 11-12)

Dave Webster’s popular Connaught Junior Open Bronze event is fast approaching and entry forms are available HERE ENTRY FORM. The event is booked in for February 11th and 12th with an entry closing date of February 2nd. Address: The Connaught Club Barn Hoppett, Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH www.connaughtclub.co.uk enquiries@connaughtclub.co.uk Contact Nicola Bastick on 0208 529



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Enter the 2017 Essex Junior Open now!

The Essex Junior Open broke all entry records last season and hopes are high that year’s event reaches the same heights. The showpiece tournament will again be held at the Colchester Garrison with the action set for March 4th and 5th. We are also thrilled that our new sponsors, Miles Smith Insurance Group will be backing the tournament



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Updated EJS Calendar

Get your diaries out and write down these dates! We’ve compiled a list of dates for the remainder of the 2016-17 season which include county training, aspire sessions and also local and national tournaments our players might be interested in entering. You can also download a PDF at the bottom of the page if you



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Equal prize money at 2017 British Open

Female players will earn the same prize money as their male counterparts for the first time in the history of the prestigious Allam British Open when the 2017 iteration of squash’s oldest and most established tournament gets underway next March. Taking place at the Airco Arena, Hull, from March 19-26 the iconic ‘Wimbledon of Squash’



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October and November 200 Club winners announced

TIM BARROTT REPORTS The draw for the October and November rounds of the Essex Junior Squash 200 club were made by Essex Junior Squash committee members David Harris, Lauren Selby and Lee Horton after a recent committee meeting at the Marconi Club. The winners were: October winners: 1st prize £40 India Webb 2nd prize £30 William Wand 3rd prize £20



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It’s all systems go for busy Joe Blackmur

It has been a busy and successful few weeks for popular Essex junior player Joe Blackmur who trains at the Off the Walls Squash Academy and Kingswood Squash Club. In November, Joe successful defended his Tom Elton Barratt U-19 title at Bishop’s Stortford taking a huge amount of proud knowing that his name will appear



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Roman Cup schools’ event delivers thrilling finale

The Colchester Schools’ Roman Cup tournament came to a thrilling climax last week with the two titles being decided by the narrowest of margins. Run by coaches from the Off The Wall Squash Academy at the Colchester Garrison, the Roman Cup is its third year having been launched as an entry level event to attract school



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Tip, Tip Hooray as Tiptree Heath land third Lexden title

  Tiptree Heath primary school made it a record three titles in three years when they lifted the 2016/17 Year 5/6 Lexden Cup. Tiptree didn’t have it all their own way though with Mersea, Copford and Stanway all hot on their heels. A fantastic total of 9 teams entered this years Lexden Cup proving that the



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Squash is the best exercise to prolong life study reveals

Regularly playing racket sports almost halves the risk of dying by any cause study shows. Scientists have narrowed down the sports and types of exercise that are linked to significantly lower odds of dying before those who do not do those activities. Racket sports, swimming, aerobics and cycling seem to be the best for prolonging



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Essex girls heading for Inter-Counties Finals weekend

IT was a weekend of triumph for Essex Junior girls with THREE of our teams booking their places in next January’s Inter-Counties Championships National Finals. Two teams – our Under-17’s and Under-13’s first team – have made it through to ICC Finals while our Under-13’s second team are through to the Trophy Finals, an amazing



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Essex boys miss out on Inter-County finals

IT was a tough weekend for Essex boys’ teams in the Inter County Championships as our players battled it out in Stage Two of the competition. The Essex Under-13’s led by coach Dave Webster and our Under-15’s under the guidance of Paul Selby both came within one place of reaching the national finals in January



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Essex players shine at East Regionals

The East Regional Junior Championships was held at Ipswich Sports Club on Friday 5th and Sunday 6th of November. with over 130 entrants in all age groups from U9 to U19. Aliza Sheikh (U-13), Harry Kitchens (U-17) and Aaron Allpress (U-19) claimed notable victories for Essex while Joel Braddock (U-13), Hanna Morley (U-13),  Ollie Green



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Jahangir Khan 555 book reveals an amazing era in squash

Jahangir Khan and Geoff Hunt   By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Today sees the publication of a book that celebrates the phenomenal achievements of Pakistani squash legend Jahangir Khan, who won 10 British Open titles in a row and went unbeaten for a five-and-a-half-year spell of total domination. It has been a real pleasure



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Newbies make their mark at Grand Prix Three

Round Three of the 2016/2017 Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix season headed off to a new venue for the series, Clements Squash Club, Clement Hall in Hockley, Essex where the event welcomed a reduce field due to the Regional Championships but a few new faces. The Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix series is designed to provide



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French leader is new President of World Squash Federation

The new WSF leadership: Gar Holohan, Huang Ying How, Jacques Fontaine and Pablo Serna By HOWARD HARDING Today’s Annual General Meeting of the World Squash Federation elected a new President to succeed N. Ramachandran following the completion of the Indian’s second and final four-year term. Jacques Fontaine becomes the Federation’s ninth President since the WSF’s



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Massaro and Matthew named as Team England Athlete Ambassadors for Gold Coast 2018

Laura Massaro and Nick Matthew have been announced as key members of the Team England Athlete Ambassador programme, which will see Commonwealth Games England (CGE) work closely with 30 English athletes in the build-up to the Gold Coast Games. Commonwealth Games England’s President Denise Lewis who is leading the programme and will work with Ambassadors



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England Squash allow girls to compete in inter-county boys’ comps

Following a large number of requests, girls aged under 19 in all age groups are now permitted to compete in Inter-County boys’ competitions with immediate effect. This ground-breaking decision by England Squash is based upon years of feedback from players, coaches and captains, and supports our commitment to developing girls squash and breaking down the



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The Off The Wall Squash Player for October is Michael Tallentire

Michael Tallentire has been attending the OTWS squads since the start of the academy. In this time he has not only improved his quality of squash but also his maturity and attitude towards training. Michael has silky skills and likes to play with lots of variety which makes for exciting squash. Recently Michael has trained really



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Inter-Counties Stage Two match-ups announced

The line-ups for Stage Two of the Inter-Counties Championships have been decided with nine Essex teams in action across the South of England. We have FIVE teams vying for a place in the National Finals and three going for honours in the Trophy event for teams that did not top the groups after Stage One.



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Elise Lazarus edges all-Essex British Championship final in Manchester

Congratulations to Essex’s Elise Lazarus who clinched her fifth British Junior Championships title today when she edged Essex team-mate Alice Green 11/9, 10/12, 11/7, 11/6 in a gripping U-17 final in Manchester. What an amazing day for Essex squash to have two brilliant young players in the final of such a prestigious event. Super proud



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City Boys take the honours in showdown with Essex Girls

A rattling good night at Canary Wharf last week when the girls from Essex Junior Squash took on a team from Lloyds of London Squash in a 9-a-side showdown. With the small matter of a £500 side bet to make things interesting, the action was fast and furious with no quarter asked or given. Despite a valiant



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200 Club winners for September announced

TIM BARROTT REPORTS The draw for the September round of the Essex Junior Squash 200 club was made by county coach Will Southworth who, after he completed the draw, agreed to join the Club. The winners were: 1st, £40. No 25, Karen Connor 2nd, £30. No 1  David Harris 3rd, £20. No 200 Justin Walton   David, who is