200 Club aims to deliver bright new future for Essex Junior Squash

Essex Junior Squash has launched the 200 Club, a monthly draw with cash prizes going to lucky winners, a donation to charity and any profits being ploughed back into junior squash development in the county.

Tickets cost just £2 per month per entry number and you can pay by Standing Order to simplify things. There’s no restriction on how many numbers you can purchase. We just ask that if any juniors wish to take part they acquire their numbers through their parents. We’re sure all their winnings will be passed on with a smile.

The 200 Club will start with monthly prizes of £40, £30 and £20 but that may rise depending on the number of entrants we get. The first draw is on April 30th and there will be special prizes at Christmas. We will publish all winning numbers on our website, Twitter and Facebook accounts and the draw will be carried out with at least three independent witnesses.

The idea was launched at the Essex Junior Open and received a great take up by interested supporters. The Essex Junior Squash committee launched the draw in an attempt to cover the financial shortfall suffered when England Squash increased their levy on all players competing in our sanctioned events.

The 300 per cent rise in fees paid to ES has hit us hard but we are determined to not abandon any of our development projects, which include our Grand Prix series for non-county players, our coaching bursary scheme for developing players, county trials and development coaching.

The committee is determined that Essex Junior Squash continues to grow and thrive but, quite simply, we need money to be able to do that.  We have identified numerous new ideas and projects to make Essex Squash the envy of every other county, and we’re hoping the 200 Club helps us action some of those dreams.

If you would like to join the 200 Club, email committee member Tim Barrott at timb591@hotmail.co.uk and he will send you a standing order and entry form.

We are also supporting the charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young. Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. Since its formation in 1995, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD).  CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. CRY also promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research.