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Chris Chitty’s dedication helping Essex juniors hit the heights

MEET THE COACH: Look in the dictionary for the word ‘DEDICATED’ and chances are there will be a reference there to Chris Chitty. And if there isn’t, there should be.Chris is one of Essex Junior Squash’s leading coaches and has long been our ‘go-to’ person when we are planning our Inter-County teams and coaching programmes….



ESSEX JUNIOR OPEN DRAWS AND SCHEDULES ANNOUNCED

The draws and playing schedules for the Essex Junior Open at the Corporal Budd VC Gymnasium, Berechurch Road, Colchester CO2 9RQ have been made and can be viewed below. Our Essex Junior Squash Secretary David Harris is away from this Friday to Monday so any queries or questions can be answered from Tuesday onwards. As you…



FELSTED TEAMS ONE WIN AWAY FROM ENGLAND NATIONAL SCHOOLS’ FINALS

RICHARD PILCHER REPORTINGTwo teams from Felsted Squash are one win away from reaching the finals of the English National Schools Championships to be held in Birmingham in March. The school entered 4 teams in the event at U-13, U-15, U-17 and U-19 level. Two of these performed strongly in the Stage 1 Group Stage and…



Junior players at Felsted School enjoy Masterclass with top England coach

England squash coach Paul Carter visited Felsted School recently to deliver a masterclass to players from the Senior and Prep schools. He spent four hours on court and provided coaching on movement, grip and serving to players. His next assignment is to coach the England Squash Team at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. The school…



Coach Jake Byrne criss-crossing Essex and Herts with Limitless enthusiasm

MEET THE COACH: It’s fair to say that Jake Byrne is one of the busiest squash coaches around. One look at his weekly diary will see him booked in for coaching sessions at two private schools, Brentwood and Haileybury in Hertford; Bishops Stortford Squash Club, Saffron Walden SC and the Off The Wall Squash Academy schools…



Dave Webster the driving force behind Connaught’s talent factory

MEET THE COACH: Dave Webster is one of the most popular and experienced coaches in the country. It’s fair to say that Dave is responsible for inspiring literally thousands of young squash players and runs one of Essex’s most vibrant junior programmes from the Connaught Club in Chingford. Dave’s Double Dot Academy runs half term…



Kerry Munn keeps junior squash flourishing at Club Kingswood

MEET THE COACH: Kerry Munn felt she had a tough job filling the boots of popular Club Kingswood coach Pete Goodings when he left these shores to ply his squash coaching trade in Canada. Pete was a large character with an impressive playing CV under his belt. Replacing him was always going to be a…



Yusuf Sheikh leads the Essex junior charge at Ipswich Silver

YUSUF SHEIKH lived up to his number one seeding at last weekend’s Silver event at Ipswich marching to the winners’ trophy without dropping a single game.The Essex junior, who is coached by Dave Webster at the Connaught Club in Chingford, opened his account with a comfortable, quick-fire 3-0 win over club-mate Palmer Deville and continued…



Are you a February 200 Club winner?

The latest draw for the Essex Junior Squash 200 club has been made by Essex Junior Squash committee. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all those who have signed up to the 200 Club for your continued support. If you would like more details about the draw or how to sign up for just £2…



Squash shines at Essex Games as Mersea and Felsted take the spoils

Squash played a major role in the recent Essex Games with school teams from Mersea Island and Felsted Preparatory being crowned champions. Seventeen teams and 70 players battled it out for Year 5 and Year 6 honours on the pristine courts at the Colchester Garrison, home of the Off The Wall Squash Academy who were…



Squash Girls Can subsidised coaching courses – apply now

Passionate about getting more women and girls getting on court? Looking to deliver female-only group sessions? Look no further! This spring, England Squash are offering you the chance to: become a qualified England Squash Level 1 coach gain resources and support to successfully deliver female-only (Squash Girls Can) sessions at your facility join a network…



Essex Juniors impress at Senior County Closed

Terrific to see so many Essex Juniors playing in the 47th Essex Senior County Closed Squash Championships at Club Kingswood at the weekend. Alice Green retained her A title and Mikey Tallentire came away with the C crown after meeting Brandon Higgins in the final. Check out some of the great photographs posted by Niall Engerer and…



How to sign up for the official Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix

Over the last couple of weeks I have had a number of parents asking what the process for signing up to Miles Smith EJS GP series is, what are the checkpoint dates etc. Hopefully this post will give you an idea of the time frames for producing a Grand Prix schedule. Our next Grand Prix is…



Essex junior squash trials being held this Sunday

For all those Juniors not currently involved with Essex Junior Squash Development or County Training squads, please note our next trials are this Sunday at the Garrison in Colchester and Connaught Squash Club in Chingford. You do not need to register, just turn up between 10:00 and 12:00. Essex Junior Squash coaches will be on hand…



Essex juniors bring home medals and memories from Inter-County Finals

LEE HORTON REPORTING FROM NOTTINGHAM Essex juniors returned home from the English Inter-Counties Finals clutching medals, memories and plaudits after a thrilling weekend of squash at Nottingham University and Nottingham Squash Club. Five Essex teams made it through to the finals, a massive feat in itself and reward for another season of hard work and…



Squash-Technological innovation the key for Squash’s Olympic dream

By Rod Gilmour (Reuters) Squash chiefs have long held a desire for the sport to be a part of the Olympic Games and thanks to innovations in technology, their dream may be closer to becoming a reality. Squash has failed on three occasions to be included in the Games, most recently as part of the programme…



Essex Junior Open heading for Colchester on Feb 24-25

The countdown for this year’s Tecnifibre Essex Junior Open is on with all roads again leading to the Roman town of Colchester in the north of the county. Last year’s event attracted a three-figure entry and 2018 promises to increase the field even further. With 10 different age groups available, the Open will showcase the…



Essex U-19’s head for Inter-Counties finals after Herts are ejected

Essex will have a fourth team at the Inter-Counties Finals after England Squash rightly put our Under-19 boys’ team into the showpiece finals. It was discovered that Hertfordshire had misled Essex and England Squash by playing an ineligible player then claiming the points against all the rules of the competition. Herts had earlier refused to…



First 200 Club winners of the year revealed

The draw for the January round of the Essex Junior Squash 200 club has been made. The winners are: 1st, £40. No 10, Lynn Aspinall2nd, £30. No 31  Alex Yip3rd, £20. No 188 JW Scofield Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all those who have signed up to the 200 Club for your continue support. If…



Are you a 200 Club winner? Latest results announced

The latest draws for the Essex Junior Squash 200 club have been made by Essex Junior Squash committee. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all those who have signed up to the 200 Club for your continue support. If you would like more details about the draw or how sign up for just £2 month,…



Lawford and Ardleigh capture Off The Wall Squash Roman Cup crowns

THE Colchester Garrison was rocking last week as more than 100 schoolkids played out the final chapter of this season’s Off The Wall Squash Roman Cup competition. The finals saw a record 23 teams going full tilt in pursuit of glory producing a level of squash that had tournament coach Lauren Selby purring:” Wow, what a…



Harry Kitchens leads Essex assault on East Region silverware

The East Region Junior Tournament was held on the 9th and 10th of December at Ipswich Sports Club.England Squash have withdrawn support for all Regional events which meant that there were no national ranking points on offer.However, with great support from all the Regional associations (Beds, Cambs, Essex, Herts, Norfolk and Suffolk) there were still…



How dedication and determination are paying off for Sujan Srindran

BY LEE HORTON Success and progress are not always calculated in silverware and trophies. Sometimes the real winners of sport are those who turn up week after week, tournament after tournament willing to give everything they have got probably knowing that won’t be heading home with their name atop the winners’ list. Not everyone can…



THIRD TIME LUCKY AS MERSEA SCHOOL CLAIM LEXDEN CUP CROWN

YEAR 5-6 PRIMARY SCHOOL SQUASH COMPETITION AFTER THE THIRD AND FINAL ROUND OF THIS YEAR’S LEXDEN CUP,  MERSEA’S ‘A’ WERE VICTORIOUS ON THEIR THIRD ATTEMPT AFTER BEATING THEIR OWN ‘B’ TEAM IN THE 1ST/2ND PLACE PLAYOFF MATCH. A SPECIAL MENTION SHOULD GO TO MERSEA SQUASH COACH SALLY MEANLEY WHO’S ENTHUSIASM AND COMMITMENT TO DEVELOP THE…