Still progressing the Club in 2016
We are now into our nineth year and attracting new members; the website remains important for people seeking to play locally. With our on-line booking system, these are a big influences in us helping us recruit new members. In July this year our third court plans were approved by Wrexham Council as the Planning Authority; we now need to undertake a good deal of preparatory work to get the plans in a position for us to send out to builders for tender.
Club's 2016 AGM
The Club held its 2016 AGM on Wednesday, 18 May in the Sports Club, but with a disappointing attendance.
2016 AGM Note 2016 AGM Papers
At the meeting, Officers for 2016-17 were agreed as follows:
Some highlights from 2016 ...
A Fast & Furious success !
It was possibly our best yet (very late) Christmas Tournament, the 2015 Fast & Furious Tournament held over the weekend 8 / 9 January.
Fast & Furious - winners & runners-up Fast & Furious - the competitors
Jack & Hannah play well at Nationals
At the 2016 Welsh National Championships in Cardiff (22 / 24 January) two members performed superbly to achieve semi-final places in their respective events.
Ladies Semi Finalists - as seen on TV ! Welsh Ladies - top four
Glyndwr students try squash
Again this year, on 4 February, we were pleased to host First Year Sports Science students from Glyndwr University who came up to the Club to try squash as part of their Sports Practice Module. There is always the hope, of course, that some of this crop of students may wish to take up the game and even help out the Club with its Schools Squash programme !
Glyndwr students at the Club
Old Masters !
Four Club members were at Swansea in the 2016 Bourse Welsh Masters Open Championships over the weekend 6 / 7 February.
Neil Rawlings - runner-up Mens Over 45
2016 National Championships
On 10 February, Club member Hannah Davies played in the qualifying rounds of the 2016 National Championships at Manchester.
Our 2016 National Champions
National Championships - qualifier win National Championships - Hannah v Rachel National Championships - qualifier Final
A New Squash Club for North Wales
In February, we welcomed the formation of Prestatyn Squash Club, based at Prestatyn High School.
Golden Oldies at the Masters !
The inauguaral 2016 North Wales Masters Open Tournament was held at Deeside LC on 5-6 March but despite a disappointing response from players across North Wales, seven members from the Club took part:-
The Golden Oldies
Third Court update ...
We met with representatives of the Brymbo Sports & Social Complex Directors on 16 March, to progress the Club's ambition for a Third Squash Court. There was still much work to be done but we were hoping soon to be in a position where we may proceed with a bid to Wrexham Council for Planning consent.
BIG NEWS - our third court plans
They represented Wales ...
We were proud that three Club members were to be involved in the 2016 Masters Home Internationals to be held in Nottingham between 6-8 May.
Defibrillator on site
From April this year, the Brymbo Sports & Social Complex had an accessible Automated External Defibrillation (AED) device, located in the glass washing area of the Sports Club.
Superb International debut for Neil
On his debut for Wales in the 2016 Home Internationals, hosted by Wales in Cardiff on 22-23 April, we congratulated Neil Rawlings on winning both his matches, against Scotland and Ireland.
Neil at Home Internationals
Mark flies the flag for Wales
Over the weekend 6-7 May, Mark Davies captained a successful Welsh Mens Over 55 Team at the 2016 Home Internationals, in Nottingham.
Flying the Flag
North East Wales Ladies Team
The region submitted a Ladies Team to play in the Welsh Inter Counties series in Cardiff during June but narrowly missed the top spot to finish a creditable second out of four.
North East Wales Ladies
A new Club Year !
June brought us into a new Club year with a small subscription increase in each category of membership, as follows:
National Awards for Club
The Squash Club was honoured to have two nominations considered at the Wales Squash & Racketball 2016 Awards Evening in Cardiff on 1st July.
JD retains Club Championship
On 9 July, we congratulated Jonathan Davies on becoming the 2016 Club Champion, retaining it in grand style.
Jonathan Davies - 2016 Club Champion 2016 Club Championships 3rd/4th
Inaugural Denbighshire Open success
It was a great first ever Denbighshire Leisure Open at Prestatyn on 16-17 July with 40 players and 70 matches - lots of squash with some of our Club members doing well.
Hannah Davies: Runner-up Jamie Silvester: Runner-up
This year, throughout the school summer holidays, Hannah Davieslead a Weekly Squash Circuits session at the IPC Gym in Gwersyllt.
First Squash Circuits session
Never too late to learn !
The Club hosted a Wales Squash & Racketball Coach Mentoring Session for coaches working in the Mid and North East Wales areas on 24 July.
Coach Mentoring at the Club
Third Court - planning approval
Our Third Court aspirations took a huge pace forward on 12 July with news of planning approval being notified to us by Wrexham County Borough Council .
Disappointed, incomprehensible, wrong !
These were just some of the sentiments expressed as, once again, the sport of squash failed to make the list of sports accepted into the Olympic Games.
Doubles act ...
On 6 August, father and daughter team, Mark & Hannah Davies, entered the 2016 National Squash Centre Doubles Open Tournament, in Manchester.
Working well together !
The Plate ... finally !
As part of the Club Championships, first round losers moved into the Plate Competition, with the idea that both the Main Final and Plate Final should be played on the same day.
We hosted a second Coaches Mentoring session at the Club for Squash Coaches from across North and Mid Wales on 2 October.
JD is Cheshire County Champion
On 2 October, our Club Champion, Jonathan Davies, achieved his fifth Cheshire County Closed Championship, in the Over 35 category, playing at Alderley Edge Cricket, Tennis & Squash Club.
World Squash Day - Club event cancelled
With some regret and due to some circumstances beyond our control, the Club's contribution to World Squash Day on 22 October had to be cancelled.
Hannah & Emyr were champions in Newport
Congratulations to Hannah Davies and Emyr Evans who were 2016 Coors Newport Open Champions on 22/23 October.
2016 Coors Newport Open Ladies Semi Finalists
2016 Coors Newport Open Champions
Jack & Mark play Inter Counties
Two members of the Club, Jack Hayes and Mark Davies, played in the English Inter Counties Tournament on 5 November, against two strong teams from Cheshire (Lost 5-0) and Merseyside (Lost 3-2). Despite the results, a good day was had by all !
North Wales Inter Counties Team
2016 North East Wales Open
A most successful 2016 N.E. Wales Open Championship was held at Deeside LC on 11-13 November.
Youth v. Experience !
Mens B Event Finalists
It's an honour ...
Wales were one of 17 nations competing at the 2016 Womens World Team Championships in Paris between 27 November and 3 December and we were proud that Hannah Davies was selected to the Welsh Team.
Hannah's 2016 Womens World Team Championships blog
2016 Womens World Team Championships Day One - Wales v. USA Day Two - Wales v. Canada Day Three - Wales v. England Day Three - Hannah on the glass court Welsh girls get an Eiffel ! Day Four - Wales v. Spain Day Five - Wales v. Austria
Lewis, the youngest player ever ...
On 6 December, Lewis Davies became the youngest player to represent Wrexham Brymb Squash Club in the North Wales Leagues.
Lewis is our youngest team player
Wales Colleges at Club
We were pleased to host the Welsh Regional Squash Competition, as part of the Colleges Sport National Competition, across a number of different sports, on 9 December.
Wales Colleges squash competitors
Glyndwr students grasp the basics
On 15 December, the Club again hosted First Year Sports Science students from Glyndwr University.
First Year students' practical session
Our Teams in 2016 ...
2016 - 2017 Season
Sponsorship continues ...
Our sincere thanks to Malcolm Williams (Big Mal) on behalf of REDWITHER Ltd for his continuing support of our teams this season, with generous sponsorship of our match balls.
MID SEASON REPORT - DECEMBER 2016
North East Wales League
Our First Team finished in Second place over the first half in Division One, having had a 13 point penalty deduction for fielding a junior player late in the season (where is the encouragement ?). This cost us the League title, but never mind, these trivial matters have a habit of rebounding.
North West Counties League
With three teams in the Leagues, two in Division 2 & one in Division 3, the season was always going to be tough, with the quality of opposing teams as well as player availability, but overall these Teams have all performed better than expected.
Superb start for Third Team
Our NWCSL Third Team have maintained a 100% record so far this season; it's the first season we've put out a Third Team in these Leagues.
NWCSL Third Team - October 2016
First North Wales League win for Josh
On 11 October, one of our juniors won his first ever match in the North Wales Leagues.
Our 2016-17 Fixtures
North West Counties Leagues
North East Wales Leagues
2016 Challenge Cup Winners
Congratulations to our North Wales First Team players on winning the first trophy of the new season. They beat Midtown 5-0 to win the North East Wales Challenge Cup (it's like the Charity Shield !) on 6 September.
North Wales Challenge Cup Winners - Sept 2016
New this season ...
To allow more Club members the opportunity to play teams squash, this season we will field an additional team in the North West Counties Squash League, playing in Division 4 West. A new Third Team will be selected to play a reasonable standard of teams at clubs in Cheshire and the Wirral.
Pre-season training begins !
Wit a new season starting in September, the school summer holidays provided an ideal way to get ready with a Squash-based circuits, devised by Hannah Davies, at the IPC Gym, Gwersyllt.
2015 - 2016 Season
NWCSL Fixtures 2015-16
Unprecedented season in NWCSL
Congratulations to our two teams in the North West Counties Squash League on finishing so well this season.
NWCSL First Team - how they finished NWCSL Second Team - how they finished
We are North Wales Double Champions
Congratulations to our Tuesday First Team who completed their double on 3 May by winning the 2016 North East Wales Cup Final, beating a Hope Leisure Centre Team 5-0. This capped off one of the most succesful ever seasons since the Club was formed in 2007.
2016 North East Wales Cup Final Winners
North Wales Team members - April 2016
It was a different story, however, for our Tuesday Second Team who were also hoping to make it a double success, having recently won the Division 3 title. They "won" their Noth Wales East Plate Final match 4-1 against Midtown, but were then disqualified on a "technicality" for apparently playing an unauthorised player ! Team members were very upset at this outcome, particularly following some hard fought matches.
Promotion for Seconds
Congratulations to our Thursday Second Team who, on 17 March won early promotion from NWCSL Division 3 South West.
2015-16 Promotion winning Second Team
New shirts for 2015-16 Season
A formal handover of shirts took place with members of our top of the table NWCSL First Team on 3 December.
Teams Sponsorship presentation
The new Season in the North West Counties Squash Leagues commenced on 17 September. Since then the First Team have maintained their excellent start and head their Division.
2015-16 NWCSL First Team
Fixtures for our Thursday Teams are shown via the link below.
NWCSL Fixtures 2015-16
The 2015-16 Season for the North Wales Leagues started on Monday, 7 September; it followed a Teams Meeting held at the Sports Club on 27 July.
North Wales Fixtures 2015-16
Our Juniors in 2016 ...
Our Junior Coaching programme started each Monday (from September) with three groupings (beginners; intermediate and advanced), at the usual times from 4.45 pm.
Child Safety & Equity
The Squash Club fully supports and welcomes the work of its National Governing Body, Wales Squash & Racketball in the area of child safety and, as such, members and parents may be interested to see the WSRB Safeguarding Policy & Procedures in Squash document.
Eye Protection - our Policy
At the start of another season and a new Junior Coaching Programme, it is important for everyone to understand the Club's approach to Eye Protection - a policy which is also adopted by Wales Squash & Racketball (WSRB).
Calling all potential coaches . . .
Do you have what it takes to become a qualified squash coach - if so, your Club needs you!
If any Club member has an interest in committing to become a qualified coach, the Squash Club may be able to assist with necessary fees and mentoring.
Some highlights ...
North Wales Academy Squad
The 2016 Academy Squad training sessions started on 15 January at Deeside Leisure Centre with coaches Andrew Evans and Mark Davies.
Happy New Year !
Our 2016 Junior Coaching Programme commenced on 11 January when we welcomed many who were keen and raring to go !
Playing away for juniors
On 1 February, we took a group of juniors out of the regular Coaching Programme to "test" them against players from the Flintshire Area Performance Centre (APC) at Deeside Leisure Centre.
Half Term break
The Junior Coaching took a break on 15 February due to the Schools Half Term break - we were back at the usual times on Monday, 22nd.
North Wales Junior Open Championships
Over the weekend 6-7 February, seven of our juniors took part in the 2016 North Wales Junior Open Championships at the Deeside Leisure Centre.
Congratulations to Will and Jamie Silvester on their success in the 2016 Northumberland Junior Open.
Enjoy the Easter break ...
The Club's Junior Coaching programme took a two week break for the Schools' Easter holidays and started up again on Monday, 11 April.
New grouping started
From 7 March, our Coaching Team implemented their New Junior Coaching Groups, this was designed to recognise the individual needs of players and how, within the groups, the coaching programme is best set up to accommodate them.
Josh & Lewis in winning mood !
Two of our promising juniors played in the Fairways Lodge Junior Open on 23-24 April at the Fairways Lodge Squash Club in Prestwich, Manchester and came away winners.
Development Event for all
A day-long North / Mid Wales Junior Development Eventtook place at Deeside Leisure Centre on Saturday, 30 April with all juniors from the Club invited to take part.
Boys do well at Alderley Edge
Well done to Josh and Lewis Davies who finished 5th and 9th respectively in the tough Under 13 category of the 2016 Alderley Edge Junior Open, a one day Bronze Sanctioned Event on 3 April.
Junior coaching takes a break ...
There was no coaching on Monday, 30 May as it was the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. Sessions resumed again on 6 June.
Jamie shines at Merseyside Open
The Club congratulated young Jamie Silvester as he continued his great development in squash by becoming the 2016 Merseyside Junior Open Champion (under 11) on 26 June.
Kayden (age 4) introduced to squash
The Squash Club welcomed its latest, and possibly youngest, recruit to the Junior Coaching Programme on 20 June, with Kayden Davies.
Congratulations to the seven juniors who represented the Squash Club on 12 June playing in the latest Inter Club Tri Competition at Llanfyllin:-
Schools out for summer ...
All members of the Coaching Team, wished our juniors a super summer holiday break.
He's our head boy !
Congratulations went to all who took part in the 2016 Juniors Tournament on 18 July.
Year 8/9 pupils at the Club
A small group of Years 8/9 pupils from St Joseph's High School, Wrexham attended the Club for a two hour squash taster session on 6 July. This followed on from a Mini Squash session at the School, which had included an opportunity for pupils to watch video of professional players.
A North Wales Junior Development Event was held on 3 July at Llanrwst.
North & Mid Wales Squad at the Club
The Club was delighted to host a WSRB two day Squad Session for players from across North and Mid Wales on 30-31 August.
Junior Players Pathway
Five juniors from the Club took part in a One Day Junior Players Pathway at Deeside LC on 25 September; this was a Regional Squad for Under 11s and Under 13s, organised by WSRB with their Coach, Greg Tippings.
Welsh Junior Open success
Four of our junior members, Josh & Lewis Davies and Will & Jamie Silvester were in Cardiff over the weekend 9-11 September 2016, taking part in the 2016 Welsh Junior Open Tournament - a European ranking event.
Riding out to benefit others
On 1 September, two of our junior members, Josh and Lewis Davies (with parents Emma and Jonathan) took part in a 30 mile bike ride to raise much needed funds for Hope House Children's Hospice.
The new season starts soon !
Juniors were reminded that the 2016-17 coaching programme wwould commence on Monday, 5 September from 4.30 pm.
British Junior Championships
We wished the best of luck to the local juniors in their matches as part of the 2016 British Junior Championships in Manchester on 27-30 October -
WSRB Academy Squad
AnAcademy Squad session, organised by WSRB, was scheduled for Wednesday, 26 October at Deeside Leisure Centre, (10.00 until 4.00).
Abbie meets her role model
Abbie Barkley, who is a member of the Club's Junior Coaching Team and a student at Glyndwr University, met her role model Colin Jackson, the former World Champion and Olympic Silver medalist, at his induction into the University on 26 October.
Half Term break
As usual Junior Coaching tooks a break during the schools Half Term on 24 October but started again on 31 October, from 4.30.
Juniors at Inter Counties
Over the weekend 15-16 October, seven juniors from the Club were selected to represent North Wales in the National Inter Counties weekend at different venues around the country, according to their various age groupings.
Wrexham Development Event
On 26 November, the Squash Club hosted a WSRB Development Event and 30 junior players, from as young as 5 years, attended from across North and Mid Wales.
Under 13s at Inter Counties
The weekend of 19-20 November was a busy one for players and coaches representing the Welsh regions at Inter Counties. It is a huge commitment for all concerned and, in particular, Mark Davies who travelled to Cambridge on the Saturday with the Under 19 Girls then, on Sunday, was up in Carlisle with the Under 19 Boys - that is some commitment !
Mini Squash at local school
Over two weeks in November, coaches from the Club took the Mini Squash Experience to a school local to the Squash Club, Brymbo St Marys Primary.
The youngest player ever ...
On 6 December, Lewis Davies became the youngest player to represent the Squash Club in the North Wales Leagues.
Lewis is our youngest team player
Juniors Christmas Tournament
Our Christmas event for all juniors took place on 12 December; it was the final coaching session of 2016; all members of the Coaching Team wished players a very Happy Christmas and hoped to see everyone again in 2017.
2016 Welsh Junior Closed
Over the weekend 2-4 December, four local juniors were in Cardiff took part in the 2016 Welsh Junior Closed Championships.
National Squads for Juniors
Four local junior players were invited to attend the WSRB National Squad Training sessions held in Cardiff over the weekend 28-29 January.
Big wins for Josh & Lewis in Manchester
Two of our Juniors had an exceptional weekend playing in the Northern Junior Open Bronze Event that took place on 21-22 January at The Northern Club in Didsbury, Manchester.
With Christmas over for another year and everyone back into school or college; a our Junior Coaching sessions were starting up again on 9 January 2017, from 4.30.