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Essex teams shine at National U-11 Championships

  Coach Chris Chitty travelled up to Manchester with three teams from Essex in April in a bid to become National Under-11 Champions. However, the day before the event the Essex A team were struck with an injured string three player and had to shuffle players up from Essex B leaving a gap at string



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



Essex Junior Grand Prix 7 showcases rising talent

Report by DAVID HARRIS Round Seven of the 2016/2017 Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix season returned to one of its biggest venues when the event headed off to OTWS Academy at Colchester Garrison. The Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix series is designed to provide competition for the next generation of young players. Aimed at youngsters who



Vitesse Stortford Classic starts on May 15

A reminder to everyone that the Vitesse Stortford Classic 2017 – Men’s Squash, PSA $10k event at Bishops Stortford Squash club runs from Monday May 15 through to the final on Saturday 20 May. This year the event has attracted players that include Ben Coleman, Richie Fallows, Greg Lobban, Jaymie Haycocks, Chris Binnie, Lance Beddoes, Patrick Rooney,  Chris



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



Grand Prix Entry Technical Error

Just when you don’t need it (!!)- we’ve had a technical issue with the entry software for the Grand Prix Series which has meant the system is currently down. We’ve got clever people trying to fix the problem, but it is unlikely to be back up and running until Saturday morning. We’re so sorry for



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



JESSICA CROWNED NATIONAL IAPS GIRLS’ CHAMPION

REPORT BY RICHARD PILCHER Essex U-13 player, Jessica Baxter won the Gent Cup for Girls’ Singles at the 49th Independent Association of Prep Schools National Squash Competition held at Millfield School, Somerset earlier this month.  Jessica played with great commitment, skill and tactical awareness throughout the competition winning all of her matches without dropping a



GP 7 now at Colchester Garrison

Grand Prix Goers take note! We’ve been advised that Maldon have shut one of it’s courts, so unfortunately we’re not able to hold the 7th Grand Prix of the series there now. As such, we’ve moved it to the Colchester Garrison which is a fantastic venue for the event. We hope this doesn’t inconvenience you



Emma Bartley helps England to Five Nations success

England’s youngsters, Including Emma Bartley from Colchester’s Off the Wall Squash Academy, defeated competition from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France to claim the Five Nations trophies. The finest juniors in the under-13 and under-15 categories competed in the event held in Cardiff at the weekend and finished as winners for their country. The under-15s were



New faces have the X-factor at Essex Jnr Grand Prix 6

REPORT BY DAVID HARRIS Round Six of the 2016/2017 Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix season returned to one of its favourite venues last weekend when the event headed off to Epping Squash Club. The Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix series is designed to provide competition for the next generation of young players. Aimed at youngsters who



Essex teams grab the spoils at Inter-Counties Grand Prix

REPORT BY DAVID HARRIS A great weekend at the office for Essex Under 11 and Under 13 teams in the Southern & Eastern Counties Grand Prix 3 at the Connaught Club in Chingford as 3 of our 4 teams pickup medals in friendlies against Middlesex, Surrey and Kent. Our U11 Essex B team of Sam



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



Elise leads strong Essex showing at English Junior Championships

 LEE HORTON REPORTS ESSEX players stamped their mark on the English Junior Championships (EJC) last weekend in Birmingham with Elise Lazarus claiming the Under-17 crown and several of her county team-mates putting in exceptional performances. The three-day event staged at Edgbaston Priory and the University of Birmingham saw nearly 300 juniors competing across eight categories for the



Essex Junior Open winners are simply GR-EIGHT

LEE HORTON REPORTS SILVERWARE from last weekend’s outstanding Essex Junior Open held at the Colchester Garrison was spread far and wide with no less than EIGHT different counties putting their name on the honours board.. As hosts, Essex bagged the majority of the trophies with 14 of the 26 gongs up for grabs remaining on home



English Championships draw sees Essex pair seeded one and two

ESSEX pair Elise Lazarus and Alice Green have been seeded one and two for this weekend’s U-17 English Junior Championships in Birmingham. The girls spearhead a 15-strong squad of players including their county U-17 team-mates Eleonor White (9/16), Amy Aspinall, Paige McCoy and Eli Barrott. Aaron Allpress (9/16) and Joe Blackmur carry our hopes in the U-19’s



Fourteen teams in Women’s World Junior Teams in NZ

Hosts New Zealand will lead a select group of six nations that have competed in each WSF Women’s World Junior Team Squash Championship since the inaugural event in 1985 when they do so again in the 2017 championship on home soil in July. The 17th biennial World Squash Federation championship will take place at Devoy



Essex Junior Open draw has been made

It’s all systems go for this weekend’s Essex Junior Open at The Cpl Budd VC Gymnasium, Berechurch Road, Colchester CO2 9RQ.   We have received a large number of entries and as a result have a packed schedule, please report to the tournament desk at least 20 minutes before your first match (please note that for 9am



Essex Under-15 and U-17’s turn on the heat at chilly Brunel

TIM BARROTT REPORTING Essex’s U15 and U17 teams made their way to Brunel University Sports Centre, Uxbridge on 22 January for the second stage of the Inter County Tournament with Kent and Middlesex. The first stage for the teams, which comprise two boys and two girls, had been held in December at Connaught and the



Final weekend to enter Essex Junior Open

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 4th and 5th. We are also thrilled that our new sponsors, Miles Smith Insurance Group will be backing the tournament



Record entry for Garrison Essex Junior Grand Prix series

REPORT BY DAVID HARRIS The Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix season saw its largest entry of the year when we took over the impressive courts at The Garrison in Colchester, home of Off The Walls Squash, on Sunday February 5th. The GP series is designed to provide competition for the next generation of young players. Aimed



Essex’s Lauren Briggs crowned British National 035 Champion

LEE HORTON REPORTS Essex’s Lauren Briggs added the British National Championship Over-35 title to her amazing list of title victories when she swept all before in Manchester at the weekend.. Lauren, a former professional tour player who trains at The Connaught Club in Chingford, finished second in last year’s World Masters in South Africa but



Essex U11’s triumph at South-East GP as U13’s lose by one game

REPORT BY DAVID HARRIS Last weekend development teams from our Under 11 and under 13 teams headed off to Rodmersham Squash Club in Kent for the first in a series of Grand Prix style friendlies against Middlesex, Surrey and Kent. Teams of three boys and two girls in each category take on similar teams from