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World Squash Day – tips for putting on an event

World Squash Day (WSD) on Saturday 14th October is a fantastic opportunity to open your doors to the community and attract new players, engage with other sporting organisations and showcase what our wonderful sport has to offer. Read top tips for putting on a successful event. 1. Build a team to manage your WSD event.



Essex junior girls gunning for revenge against Lloyd’s

REVENGE will be the order of the day on October 23rd when nine top Essex junior girls go head-to-head against the city slickers from Lloyd’s Squash Club in London. The two teams faced off last year in an intriguing £500 winner takes all squash challenge aimed at raising funds for Essex Junior Squash. Unfortunately, the



Joe and Josh help Kingswood to Essex Festival crown

Essex Juniors Joe Blackmur and Josh Clarke were in sparkling form at the weekend helping Kingswood Squash Club to success at the inaugural Essex Squash Festival at the David Lloyd Club in Gidea Park. The event was the brainchild of former top Essex player and ex-professional Niall Engerer, now the club pro at David Lloyd



British Junior Open heads to Birmingham for first time

Birmingham has won the right to host the British Junior Open (BJO) for the next three years – the first time the city has staged the prestigious squash tournament in its 92-year history. The flagship event, which attracts more than 400 of the world’s finest juniors from over 30 nations, will be staged at the



Final few days to enter Essex Junior Closed

The closing date to enter this year’s Essex Junior Closed at The Garrison in Colchester is rapidly approaching. In fact it’s midnight next Monday, September 11th. It’s always a terrific event to play in and we’d love to see all our Essex juniors there on Sept 23 and 24. You can enter here our website.



Entries open for British Junior Championships 2017 in Manchester

Entries are now open for the British Junior Championships gold event in Manchester. The competition is mandatory for those wishing to be called up to represent England and is one of the most prestigious junior events in the country. This year’s competition will run from Thursday 26 October to Sunday 29 October at the National Squash Centre



Daryl helps England to medal haul at world doubles

Helped by Off the Wall’s Daryl Selby, England won two silver medals and a bronze in their first doubles competition since the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the WSF World Doubles Squash Championships in Manchester. Jenny Duncalf and Alison Waters came within a hair’s breadth of gold with three match points against Joelle King and Amanda



New faces and changing roles in place as Essex Junior Squash drives forward

ESSEX Junior Squash held its Annual General Meeting at the Hamptons Club (formerly Marconi) last week where we reviewed the last 12 months, planned the forthcoming season, said farewell to two magnificent committee volunteers and welcomed aboard three new faces. We have shuffled the committee pack a little after the change in personnel with our illustrious chairman



Essex open trials day attracts new batch of young squash talent

Massive thanks to all the new, young faces who attended our Essex Junior Squash open trials events at the Colchester Garrison and Connaught Squash Club in Chingford. To say that our coaches were impressed by the quality of talent and unquenchable energy levels would be an understatement. It was great to meet all the players



Summer camps at Connaught and Lexden

Two Essex clubs are running squash camps throughout the summer holidays. Coaches Dave Webster at Connaught Squash Club in Chingford and Paul Allen at Lexden in Colchester have both posted details of their courses which begin on July 24th. Lexden: Beginners/improvers 10am-3pm Monday/Tuesday July 24th/25th Advanced/Elite 10am-3pm Wednesday/Thursday July 26th/27th £30 per day / £50 for



Dave Webster running Summer Camp at Connaught

There are five weeks of great Summer holiday squash training camps at Connaught Squash Club with Level 3 coach Dave Webster. They will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting on July 24th and ending August 25th. They start at 10am until 3pm and cost £25 a day or £60 for the week.  Each camp includes



Essex holding open trials for new players

For all those Juniors not currently involved with Essex Junior Squash Development or County Training squads, please note our next trials are on Sunday 2nd July 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



New coach Niall staging squash festival at David Lloyd

Great to see the David Lloyd Club at Gidea Park pushing and supporting squash. Former Essex and England junior Niall Engerer is the new coach there and he is already making a huge difference to the squash experience at the club. Training nights are a huge hit with members and numbers are growing at an



Essex ace Lauren wins British Open Masters title

From world champions to old aged pensioners, the British Open Masters served up squash of the highest quality from the world’s best seasoned players – proving once and for all that age is just a number. More than 300 of the finest masters players on the circuit showed why squash is a sport to be



Our AGM will signal farewell to Karen and John

Dear All Please see attached the notice of the Essex Junior Squash AGM which takes place on Wednesday 5th July at 7.3pm Hamptons Sports Club (formerly Marconi) CM2 9FH. AGM 2017 notice Essex Junior Squash is run entirely by volunteers, our activities this year have included: the Essex Closed, Essex Open, Grand Prix Series, Inter County



Connaught Bronze showcases exciting young squash talent

Dave Webster served up another excellent Connaught Junior Bronze event on Saturday attracting players across the South East.  Essex, as expected, supplied the bulk of the players for a tournament that delivered an incredibly high level of squash a good sportsmanship. Kent’s Jack Mitterer looked the stand-out player and although he was pushed quite hard, he was



Elise and Alice heading for World Championships in NZ

England will take two Essex players to New Zealand for the world’s most prestigious junior competition. British Junior Open U17 finalist Elise Lazarus and Alice Green, England’s No.1 ranked U-17 player, will travel to Tauranga, in the north of New Zealand, for the World Junior Team Championships on 12th July to take part in both the team and



Essex juniors impress at Under-11 Nationals

So proud of our young Essex players who competed at the England U-11 National Championships in Sheffield at the weekend. Renitha Srindran from Connaught matched her national ranking by finishing second while Bishops Stortford’s Alex Banhidai was third. Congrats too to Amelie Brooke, Zain Mughal and Edward Mason who all put in performances that more



Essex junior teams shine at Southern and Eastern Grand Prix

Last weekend saw the final round of this season’s Southern & Eastern Counties Grand Prix season with 12 teams descending on the Northwood club in Middlesex. Six teams in each of the U11 and U13 groups meant a full day of squash with 60 players and 150 games. The S&E Counties series is designed to provide



200 Club winners announced for Feb, March and April

During a brief break in play at the David Pearson finals on 21 May, the 200 Club draws for February, March and April were made. As the finals all had Essex players competing, there was a lot of interest in who was successful – and hopefully, actually seeing people win will have encouraged some of



Coach Richard helps Felsted School squash flourish

Felsted School & Richard Pilcher: Case Study – April 2017 by Chris Vine Richard Pilcher started coaching squash at Felsted School (Essex) in Oct 2014 as a volunteer assistant to the Level 1 coach (semi-retired staff member) Alisdair Thompson.  Alisdair had started a club night at the school termed “Friends of Felsted’’ and introduced squash activities and



england squash make changes to junior competition pathway

ENGLAND SQUASH is implementing a number of significant changes to their junior competition pathway for the coming season. It’s fair to say that the changes have not met with universal approval leaving many counties, coaches and players unhappy with the decisions taken.  However, for the purpose of unvarnished reporting, below is the statement from England



Elise and Alice draw praise for England Euro performances

REPORT BY LEE HORTON Essex pair Elise Lazarus and Alice Green produced some amazing performances wearing England colours at last week’s European U-19 Championships in Portugal. Despite being two of the youngest members of the squad, Alice was 15 and Elise 16, the duo surpassed all expectations only losing to eventual individual tournament winner, Cristina Gomez of



Daryl selected for England’s Euro Team title defence

Essex’s Daryl Selby spearheads a strong English line-up in the month’s European team Championships in Finlanbd. British Open finalists Nick Matthew and Sarah-Jane Perry will lead out their teams in Helsinki after their recent successes, but champion Laura Massaro misses out due to a busy schedule. Team England will comprise of: MEN: Nick Matthew, James