• Essex Junior Closed 2014
  • Essex Junior Open 2014
  • Richie Fallows representing England
  • Essex juniors in action
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Amazing turn out for latest Essex Junior Grand Prix

The volunteers of Team EJS pulled off another amazing tournament last weekend with 50 kids from school years 4 through to 10 playing over a hundred matches across 9 groups in the space of 6 and a half hours! With Lexden hosting round 4 of the Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix series on Sunday, an event



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MATTHEW & MASSARO CONFIRMED AS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TOP SEEDS

Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro have been confirmed as top seeds for this year’s British National Squash Championships to be staged at the National Squash Centre in Manchester next week. Matthew, who will be attempting to retain the trophy and extend his record number of titles to eight, will face Chris Ryder in his opening



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Yusef Sheikh claims number two spot in England rankings

Congratulations to Connaught’s Yusef Sheikh on reaching a personal high of TWO in the current England Junior Squash rankings. Yusef’s rise is reward for some incredibly hard work with coach Dave Webster as well as the Essex coaching system. Yusef has become a key member of our Under-11’s county and East Regional squads and with another



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Time to enter Essex Junior Open 2016

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 5th and 6th. We are also thrilled that London law company EC3 Legal are again sponsoring the tournament.



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Connaught Junior Open all set for Feb 20-21

The Connaught Junior Squash Open, run by Dave Webster and his team, will take place on the 20th-21st February 2016. You can still enter, but time is short. This is a full weekend Bronze sanctioned event with categories being run in: Boys & Girls U11 Boys & Girls U13 Boys & Girls U15Boys & Girls



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New talent impress at Development Squad training

There was a terrific work ethic and display of skills on show at Woodford Wells on Sunday for the latest Essex Development Squad training session run by the redoubtable Dave Webster. The recent Essex Squash trials at The Garrison in Colchester unearthed some exciting new talent and it’s fair to say coach Dave and his loyal assistant were more



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PASSION, PRIDE AND TEARS AS ESSEX U-17 GIRLS GO SO CLOSE

REPORT BY CHRIS CHITTY The Essex girls’ under 17 team comprising of Elise Lazarus, Alice Green, Ellie Hewes, Paige McCoy and Eleanor White travelled to Nottingham for the finals of the national inter county competition. With great determination and desire to win, the girls played Sussex on Saturday in the semi final. Essex played confidently and



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Essex foursome star in PSL action

FOUR Essex players, Lauren Briggs, Richie Fallows, Daryl Selby and Peter Barker, were all in Premier Squash League action last night (Tues) as the second half of the season started with reverse fixtures from the opening round last October. It was tight at the top of both Divisions with Leicester, Duffield and Birmingham separated by



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Danny Massaro: In praise of pushy parents

Parents, teachers and coaches show they care when pushing pupils to succeed   By DANNY MASSARO – Squash Coach The phrase “pushy parent” is mostly used in derogatory terms. It insinuates a controlling parent being overbearing on the poor victim child, who would do much better if their mum or dad backed off. What do you think



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Ben Coleman’s amazing Marathon win in Canada

  Chelmford professional Ben Coleman held his nerve and kept his composure to win the Holtrand Gas City Pro-Am in a 130-minute battle with Canada’s Shawn Delierre, a record duration for a three-game match. Coleman took the title with an 11-9, 13-11, 12-10 victory but it was the second year running that Delierre had featured



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Change of venue for Grand Prix 4

We have been forced to change the venue of the Essex Junior Grand Prix 4 from Bishops Stortford to the Lexden Squash Club. The switch for the February 7th event is because of an over-run on redevelopment work at Storford which mean showers, toilets and changing room facilities are out of action. We hope to reschedule the event at BSSC to



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26 nations to contest world junior team championship

Jordan and hosts Poland will make their debuts when 26 nations – representing all five continents – contest the 2016 WSF Men’s World Junior Team Squash Championship in the city of Bielsko-Biała from 12–17 August. The World Squash Federation event will be staged at the 10-court Enjoy Squash, immediately following the Men’s & Women’s World



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Essex Under-13’s crowned National Champions

By PAUL ALLEN (Essex U-13 coach) A huge congratulation’s to the boys U13 Essex team who became national champions this weekend in Nottingham at the England Squash Junior Inter-County Championships. After the high of defeating rivals Surrey in stage two to qualify for the finals weekend, the boys were highly motivated. They began the weekend



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Richie Fallows crowned British U-23 champion

Top seeds Georgina Kennedy and Richie Fallows (Essex) are the champions of the resurrected British U23 Open, held for the first time since 1990 at the Roehampton Club this weekend. “It was a clinical performance by Gina,” said tournament director Paul Lindsay. “”Had Ellie got her drops or trickle boasts up in the second we



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It’s sweet 16 as Essex juniors dominate England rankings

LEE HORTON reports ENGLAND Squash today released their first set of junior rankings for 2016 and they made happy reading for Essex with a remarkable number of our players featuring in the county’s top 10. Building on the amazing growth and success of 2015 which saw a record numbers of our players qualifying for England rankings, today’s release is



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Mohamed Elshorbagy grabs back world No.1 ranking

Egypt’s Mohamed Elshorbagy has regained top spot in the January 2016 PSA Men’s World Rankings just one month after losing out on the World No.1 Ranking to 2015 World Champion Gregory Gaultier. A disappointing third-round exit at the World Championship in November saw Elshorbagy’s 13-month reign atop the rankings come to an end but an



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Laura Massaro hits world number one spot

Laura Massaro has become just the third Englishwoman ever to occupy the coveted World No.1 position after leapfrogging Egyptian Raneem El Welily to top the January 2016 PSA Women’s World Rankings released today (January 1). The 32-year-old Lancastrian ended 2015 in a rich vein of form claiming three PSA World Tour titles and competing in



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Harry and Renitha impress at Redbridge

DAVE KITCHENS REPORTS Essex junior stalwarts Harry Kitchens and Renitha Srindran led the way triumphantly at the recent Redbridge Junior Open. In the boys’ U15 event Harry, who was playing for the first time in almost a fortnight after picking up a niggling injury at regional training and then recovering from a heavy cold, was



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ESSEX JUNIORS TARGETING BRITISH JUNIOR OPEN AT SHEFFIELD

EIGHT Essex players are in the draw for the prestigious Tecnifibre British Junior Open championships which returns to Sheffield for the 21st consecutive year from 2nd to 6th January. The prestigious platinum event, which was first held back in 1923, plays host to more than 400 of the world’s top junior squash players from 35 nations.



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PSA sign major deal with Eurosport

The PSA have heralded a major new agreement with Eurosport as a move that will “transform the face of the sport’s global broadcast presentation,” according to CEO Alex Gough. The agreement will result in a major increase in the amount of live coverage of major tournaments throughout the European broadcasting region, plus an extended package of highlights



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Essex U-13’s claim 6-counties glory and U-11’s go agonisingly close

DAVID HARRIS reporting The second round of 6 Counties Squash Grand Prix series organised by Essex Junior Squash took place this weekend Sunday 13th December with U11 and U13 teams from Kent, Middlesex, Suffolk, Surrey and Essex battling for honours. Played at the Ipswich Squash Club the series has been set up to feature Inter



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Tiptree Heath hang on to land NEPSS Lexden Cup

Last Friday saw the culmination of the thrilling North Essex Primary School Squash (NEPSS) ‘Lexden Cup’ competition.  The eleven teams from eight different primary schools around the local area battled for their finishing positions leaving tournament director Paul Allen beaming:” Over the three dates, the standard of play among the children has continued to rise while the



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Epping hosts England Squash programme to find new leaders

EPPING was the venue for a pilot England Squash programme designed to recruit new squash leaders at leisure centres around the country with the aim of increasing participation in the sport. Over 40 new Squash Leaders  took part part of the Public Facility Workforce programme at four different venues: Epping Sports Centre, Olympian Leisure Centre, Didcot Leisure Centre



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ACTIVE PEOPLE SURVEY REVEALS INCREASE IN SQUASH PARTICIPATION

The latest figures from Sport England’s Active People Survey (APS) reveal 224,000 adults are playing squash at least once per week in England, an increase of more than 27,000 compared to last year. Participation amongst the 16-34 age category saw the biggest increase of almost 40%. Keir Worth, Chief Executive, England Squash said, “We are