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Mersea finish top of the class at Lexden Schools’ Cup

  Report by PAUL ALLEN Several year three and year four Colchester primary school squash teams recently took part in the annual mini squash ‘Lexden Cup’. The competition involving schools from the Tiptree and Stanway consortium saw teams compete against each other in pool fixtures over three consecutive Fridays finishing up with play off matches

Manningtree High School girls head for national finals

The girls of Manningtree High School will be flying the flag for Essex at this year’s England Schools Squash Championshis finals. The team of Elli Barrott, Hattie Callen, Hannah Morley, Libby Connor and Rosie Snook, who are all Essex Junior Squash county players, secured their place in the national Under 15’s finals with a resounding 5-0

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

Sports Minister praises inclusion of squash in Essex Games

ESSEX has been praised and heralded by Sports Minister Tracey Crouch for including squash in the their annual Schools Games event…the only county in the country to do so. The partnership between Off The Wall Squash Academy based in Colchester and organising body Active Essex combined to stage a thrilling tournament at the Colchester Garrison with Year


LEE HORTON reports from Roman Cup Finals THE Colchester Garrison shook and the decibel levels hit treble figures last week as more than 150 schoolkids played out the final chapter of this season’s Off The Wall Squash Roman Cup competition, fast becoming the number one sporting event in the schools’ calendar. The finals saw 19 teams going

Tiptree Heath on top after round one of Lexden Cup

  PAUL ALLEN REPORTING Eleven teams of Year 5-6 boys and girls from eight different primary schools competed in the first day of the ‘Lexden Cup’ mini squash tournament at Lexden Rackets and Fitness club last Friday.  The tournament is an extension of a squash-in-schools outreach programme in the North Essex area which sees our squash coaches going


After months of anticipation, the first round of the Roman Cup started on Thursday. The event is a primary school squash competition run by Off The Wall Squash and is now in its third year. The coaching programme and Roman Cup competition has produced a number of Essex’s up-and-coming players, this year there is hope of even


REPORT BY TIM BARROTT For the first time, Manningtree High School entered the National Schools Squash Championship with a Girls’ Under 15 team. The 5 girl team (which included four girls who had started to play squash whilst at St Mary’s Primary School, Ardleigh), led by Elli Barrott included Hattie Callen, Hannah Morley, Ruby-Mae Hudson


BRENTWOOD SCHOOL began their assault on the National Schools’ Squash Championships in impressive style last week with both their Under-15 and Under-19 teams delivering comprehensive first-round victories over Essex rivals Felsted. Brentwood reached the semi-finals of the prestigious event last season and head coach Jack Jago believes his squad can go all the way this

Roman Cup showcases success of schools’ squash programme

REPORT By LAUREN SELBY Recently there has been much talk about the quality of primary school sport and the opportunities available to children. The Roman Cup inter-school squash competition, held at the Garrison in Colchester, certainly provided that sporting opportunity. From the February half term to Easter, the schools involved took part in three rounds

Brentwood School down Harrow but are denied place in National Finals

FORMER professional squash player Jack Jago is helping return Brentwood School to former glories with a coaching programme that took the school to within touching distance of the most prestigious finals in the squash calendar. Jack, who became Brentwood’s senior coach last September, helped guide the Under-19 team to an impressive victory over Harrow School in the National

Squash shines again at Active Essex School Games

The Active Essex School Games re-introduced squash into their programme this year and after last week’s hugely successful finals at The Colchester Garrison, it is safe to say the decision was bang on, . On Friday 13th February nine primary school teams trooped over to the Corporal Budd VC squash courts at the Garrison to do battle. Most

Ardleigh St Mary’s crowned Roman Cup champions

Ardleigh St Mary’s School were crowned Roman Cup Squash Champions after the final round of matches at the Colchester Garrison last week. The event, organised by the Off The Wall Squash Academy, featured 64 players from six schools split into 16 teams. The children, from years five and six, competed over three tournaments with the combined scores

Schools action hotting up as Roman Cup heads for final shoot-out

THE action was fast and furious as Stage Two of the Off The Wall Squash Roman Cup sprung into action at the Colchester Garrison last Thursday With 64 players from six schools from the Colchester area competing in 16 teams, the inter-schools event was high on competition and stuffed full of enthusiasm and commitment. Ardleigh School

Glorious start to Roman Cup as schools do battle

The first round of the Roman Cup, an Inter-Schools squash tournament organised by the Off The Wall Squash Academy, got away to a glorious start at the Colchester Garrison on Thursday with 16 teams from six schools doing battle in some epic squash matches. The event will be run over three stages with 64 players

FJG Foundation support for our schools’ coaching programme

THE Essex Junior Squash schools’ coaching programme, which has introduced over 4,000 youngsters to the sport in the past 18 months, was given a huge boost this week when the Colchester-based FJG Foundation backed them with a cash- for-equipment donation. A coaching team, led by former top professional player Lauren Selby, has set up schools’

Lozza’s schools’ programme reaps rewards

Huge numbers boost after Colchester schools coaching   The popularity of squash in Colchester has gone through the roof after former top professional player Lauren Selby introduced the sport into primary schools last September. The number of juniors now playing at Ardleigh Hall Squash Club has rocketed as a result boosting the county’s hopes of producing future champions. Lauren (known as Lozza), the

Healthy Schools Programme

Essex junior squash is driving a healthy schools programme spearheaded by coaches Chris Vine, Lauren Selby and Paul Allen. Recently, 64 kids from 16 different schools battled it out in the Colchester Primary Schools Regional Mini Squash Schools League Finals at Lexden Squash Club with Chappel School emerging as victors. Their team of Marcus Dunn,