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 matches early entry is not allowed as the building doesn’t open to the public until 9am so please be ready to run as soon as they open the doors – apologies to those who have these early matches!).
Please ensure you are ready to play in plenty of time for your match as matches will follow on if we are running ahead of schedule and please be prepared to referee when requested, it will greatly help us to keep to schedule.
Please note that the sports centre is an MOD facility and therefore comes with some rules and regulations which I would be grateful if you would remember.
No alcohol or smoking is allowed on the site. Competitors and parents are not allowed to use any other sports facility on the site i.e. swimming pool, sports hall, weights gym.
Please try not to leave any rubbish around, the centre is always immaculate, hopefully we will leave it that way.
We will be selling teas and coffees and light refreshments but there is no other food provision on site, therefore it may well be advisable to bring a packed lunch.
Alternatively Clarice House Health Spa is just under 2 miles away and it’s cafe/restaurant is open to the public. (CO2 0HS)
The Cpl Budd VC Gymnasium does not appear on some maps (top secret!!), the easiest way to the site is to find the junction of B1026 Layer Road, Berechurch Hall Road and Gosbecks Road (postcode CO2 9JY)
From this junction take Berechurch Hall Road and follow for approximately half a mile, then take the left turn Berechurch Road (there is a closed down pub opposite the junction).
Follow Berechurch Road, pass the rugby pitches on the right and the next entrance on the right is the Cpl Budd Gymnasium.
(For those travelling from the south exit the A12 at the junction for Colchester Zoo and follow the signs for the Zoo, pass the Zoo on your right, at the next roundabout turn right, next roundabout straight over, next roundabout bare right, you will then be at the junction mentioned above Berechurch Hall Road/Gosbecks Rd, turn right and immediately left into Berechurch Hall Rd – don’t allow your Sat Nav to take you through the Town Centre)
I hope I have included all the information you need but if there is anything else you need to know please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Please note that there is very little mobile signal in the squash court area so if you need to contact me over the weekend please leave a message and I will leave the building when time allows to pick up any messages.
If players have to withdraw prior to Saturday morning please make every effort to contact me so that I can notify the opponent. Withdrawals are reported to England Squash.
Best wishes and good luck
Essex Junior Squash Secretary
01206 736924 / 07866 455594