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 Schools’ Championships. That put the team of Richard Horswill, Robert Pearson, Harry Burr, Ben Loader and Rishi Patel into a play-off with pre-tournament favourites Lancing School from Sussex with a place in the finals at stake.

Brentwood School has a strong squash tradition with current world number 8 and 17 players Peter Barker and Daryl Selby among its alumni. With that pedigree, the team pushed Lancing all the way but were narrowly edged out my the closest possible margins 3-2.

“The team gave everything and came so close to making the finals.” said coach Jago this week. “Our squash programme is helping to produce some fantastic young players and I’m fully confident we can come back even stronger next season.”

Jack (far right) is pictured above with the Brentwood School team.