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Know any Adults or Juniors who may fancy playing squash

 

The Club wants to encourage anyone who may have an interest in trying squash.
You would be welcome to come along for a FREE trial session.

Try Squash in 2024 is available to any junior or senior who may be interested, so think about any friends or family. All equipment and coaching will be provided.

If you would like to give it a go, please contact Mark Davies or Jim Tunley for any further details and to make an appointment (see Contact & Links page for phone details).

 

Our boys on top at Neston !

 

Congrtatulations to Josh Davies on his superb win of the Main Event at the 2024 Neston Shrimp Classis Open, over the weekend 11-12 May.

In the final A Grade match, Josh beat fellow Club member, Jamie Silvester by 3-0. This was a great tournament for both players; their game continues to advance to a higher level.

In the B Grade Final match another Club player, Darren Lee, who finished as Runner-up. Well done to all our players.

Congrtatulations to Josh Davies on his superb win of the Main Event at the 2024 Neston Shrimp Classis Open, over the weekend 11-12 May.

In the final A Grade match, Josh beat fellow Club member, Jamie Silvester by 3-0. This was a great tournament for both players; their game continues to advance to a higher level.

In the B Grade Final match another Club player, Darren Lee, who finished as Runner-up. Well done to all our players.

 

2023-24 Season completed

 

All matches in the 2023 - 24 Squash Season are now done; to see how our Teams finished, visit the Teams Page.

 

Our players take on the Chester Graded Event

 

On 20 April, several players from the Club took part in the 2024 Chester RUFC Squash Graded Event and the Main Grade was won by Josh Davies - congratulations to him and also to Tom Willis, Jamie Silvester and Ian Wade.

 

The Winner is ... Josh

 

Selected for Wales at Home Internationals

 

Congratulations to Mark Davies on his selection as part of the Wales Over 65s Team, taking part in the 2024 Home Internationals at Nottingham over the weekend 13-14 April.

The results did not go well for the Welsh Team, who finished in fourth place.

 

The Welsh Team in Nottingham

 

Ladies squash & racketball

 

Each Saturday morning the Club hosts a Ladies Squash session which is begining to thrive.

It started in January with a free open session to encourage women and girls and, since then, more have joined and they're also enjoying playing racketball.

If anyone new would like to come and try this, please do get in touch with the Squash Club.

 

The Saturdays !

 

Racketball Taster

 

Building on the recent success of some of our members (see below) we've started a Racketball League from April, to run through the summer months, until the Teams start again in September.

To encourage participation, we held a Taster Evening on 2nd April when we had 14 members come and try this great game - see below.

If anyone would like to join the new League and it's open to all of our members, regardless of age and ability - just let us know if you're interested.

 

Our Racketball Rules.

 

A game for all ages and ability.

 

Some of the Racketball group.

 

Racketball champions

 

Congratulations to four players from the Club who took honours at the 2024 NorthWest Racketball Open Champions held at Bowden Squash Club on 9 March.

In the main A Grade Event, Jonathan Davies came through to take the title.
The Over 50s Event was won by Darren Lee.
The 3rd / 4th Place playoff was between Hannah Davies and Tom Clark, which Tom won by 12/10 in the third and final game !

 

Our Racketball winners

 

Jon & Tom on court

 

We have a second 2024 Welsh Champion

 

Again, huge congratulations to our 2024 Welsh Under 15s Champion, Ethan Willis.

Ethan became the 2024 Karakal Welsh Junior Closed Champion, on 11 February at the Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff.
See the Juniors Page for details.

 

Our own 2024 Welsh Champion

 

Huge congratulations to our 2024 Welsh Over 45s Champion, Jonathan Davies [JD].

Jon became the 2024 Karakal Welsh Masters Closed Champion, beating Paul Barrell by 3-0 on 28 January at the Rhiwbina Squash Club, Cardiff.

 

Our Welsh O45s Champion

 

Top Female International joins First Team

 

Over the New Year, we received confirmation that our First Team will be boosted during the second half of the 2023-24 Season.
See the Teams Page for details.

 

WOMEN & GIRLS FREE SQUASH

 

During January, the Club hosted three FREE Squash Beginner sessions, with a particular emphasis on encouraging women and girls into the sport.

UPDATE: Over the three weeks, we had 15 attendances and the group have agreed to continue into February, each Saturday morning.

 

Beginners Free Squash

 

Work completed on courts refurbishment

 

Work to refurbish our courts was completed by Melior Sports, on 21 December.

The work included the repair and painting of walls and a light sanding of court floors, over two days.
During the week after Christmas, the floors will require regular brushing, vacuuming and mopping, to ensure they are playable - all volunteers welcome !

 

Essential maintenance of the courts.

 

Courts all done.

 

This may help save a life ... !

 

On 19 December, the Squash Club hosted a Defibrillator Training / Refresh Session and Members were encouraged to come along, to help better understand what to do in the case of an emergency.

Our thanks to Rob Evans for his knowledge and guidance through this vitally important training.

 

Heart attack or cardiac arrest?

 

All under control ...

 

Team Wales in New Zealand

 

Team Wales are playing in the Men's WSF World Team Championship 2023 held in Tauranga, New Zealand between 11 - 17 December.

Their first match was against the hosts, New Zealand and featured WBSC's very own No.1, Owain Taylor.
Their match was won 2-1, with Owain and North Wales player, Emyr Evans coming through, with the third player in the team, Joel Makin, losing out to Paul Coll in four games.

See the link (right) to check out all of the Championship results..

UPDATE: The Wales Team finish in Fifth place; in the Final Match, Egypt beat England..

 

2023 Fast & Furious

 

The Club's 2023 Fast & Furious Christmas event was held on 9 December.

Despite a disappointing entry, this year's event produced entertaining squash of the highest standard, with the Champion and Runner-up as brothers Will and Jamie Silvester.

Huge thanks to all participants for their support and to Hannah Davies for her event organisation.

 

Some of the F&F group

 

Brothers finish First and Second

 

Our 2023 F&F Champion

 

Loss of a great racket player

 

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Geoff Roberts on 16 October, at the age of 81 years.

Our older members will remember Geoff as a superb racket player - so good that he represented Wales at Tennis; he was also a County level player at both Squash and Badmington.

In the 1970s, Geoff was instrumental is establishing the former Wrexham Squash Club at the Rugby Club in Bryn Estyn Road; he was also a founder of the North Wales Regional Tennis Centre in Wrexham, and was a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Vice President and Counsellor for many years.
RIP Geoff.

 

Squash for 2028 Olympics !

 

On 9 October, the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games Organising Committee recommended that squash, as one of five sports, be included in the LA2028 Olympic sports programme.

This decision is significant and marks an exciting milestone in the history of squash, as the sport nears inclusion in the Olympic Games for the first time.

It's anticipated the decision on the selection of new sports for 2028 will be ratified at the IOC Session in Mumbai on October 16th.

UPDATE: Squash along with four other sports - Baseball/softball, cricket (T20), flag football, and lacrosse (sixes) have been officially included as additional sports on the LA28 programme.

 

Maintenance of courts

 

We're hoping that our courts will soon be closed for essential maintenance - when they would not be available while the work progresses.

Work was due to take place on 20th and 21st July and include the repair and painting of all walls, as well as sanding and re-marking the court floors.

 

UPDATE: Our contractors, Melior Sports, who are based in Northwich, were unable to attend as scheduled; they will, however, now undertake this work on 21st and 22nd December.

 

Jon at British Racketball Championships

 

Congratulaions to Jonathan Davies on reaching the Semi Final of the Over 40s category in the 2023 British Open Racketball Championships at Hallamshire Tennis & Squash Club, Sheffield, over the weekend 7/8th October.

 

Improved emergency security / access

 

Following access issues arising at the Club recently, a fire key safe, allowing for emergency egress through the Pavilion has been fitted.

This is next to the double doors where the Cricket Section may access the Ladies toilets and defibrilator.

 

Darren and Jon at National Championships

 

Best wishes went to Darren Lee and Jonathan Davies who headed to Birmingham for the 2023 Racketball National Singles Championships.

Matches took place over the weekend 15 / 16 July, at the Edgbaston Priory Club.

 

UPDATE:Congratulations to our Plate Finalist:-
Darren won the Over 50s Plate
Jon was Runner-up in the Over 45s Plate

A good and successful weekend for both.

 

A well deserved drink ... !

 

2023 Club Championships - the Finalists

 

Congratulations to our six members who reached the 2023 Club Championship Finals.

The Plate Competition Final: Andy Morris and Lee Harrison

Third / Fourth Play-off: Jon Davies and Will Silvester.

Championship Final: Josh Davies and Tim Arthur

All matches were played on 30 June.

 

UPDATE:Congratulations to our 2023 Club Champion - Tim Arthur.

Tim retained his title with a victory over the top seeded, Josh Davies.

In the Third / Fourth Play-off match, Jonathan Davies won a tight 5 set match against young Will Silvester;
the Plate Final also went all the way with Andy Morris beating Lee Harrison.

All of the matches provided some excellent, high quality squash - well done to all involved.

 

2023 Club Champion

 

Play-off Final - in Third Place

 

Plate Final

 

2023 Annual General Meeting

 

The 2023 AGM took place on 25 May with ten members present.

Highlights Update:
* The meeting agreed NOT to increase the level of member subscriptions for 2023-24;
* No increase in the cost of a light card;
* Re-elected the existing Officers of the Club;
* Considered the matter of Teams Sponsorship in 2023-24;
* looked at the on-going general uplift of the Club;
* bestowed Life Membership of the Squash Club to Mark Davies and Jim Tunley, in recognition of their many years work in helping develop junior squash in Wrexham and founding the Squash Club at Brymbo.

The formal note from our AGM is attached.

 

2023 AGM Note

 

2023 Club Championship

 

The Club Championship for 2023 is to take place at the end of May and early June.

The First Round Draw is given below and all matches up to the Semi Finals should be completed by 31st May.

Please submit results to either Hannah, Mark or Jim.

 

Club Championship - First Round Draw

 

Welsh Team members train at Club

 

Two senior Welsh Team players met at the Club on 16 May for a tough training session, with no quarter given!

Our First Team member, Rhys Evans (WR 332) worked with Emyr Evans (WR 95) and it was full on for a couple of hours.

PS - Rhys was on his way home after a weekend when he won his second PSA Title, beating a player ranked 200 places higher than him - Congratulations Rhys, the future's looking bright!

 

A tough training session for Welsh pair

 

Welsh Team at Europeans

 

We wished best of luck to the Welsh Womens and Mens Teams as they competed in the 2023 European Team Championships in Helsinki, Finland (26-29 April)

The Welsh Team included our local players - Owain Taylor, Rhys Evans, Tez Evans and Emyr Evans.

 

The Welsh & English Teams at Europeans

 

Representing Wales

 

Two of our Club members turned out for Wales over the weekend 21-23 April, in the Home Internationals

Ethan Willis played in Edinburgh - see Juniors Page for details and Jonathan Davies had a good weekend in Dublin, in the Welsh Over 45s Team.

 

A Welsh International in Dublin !

 

Youngest member on court !

 

She must be destined to play squash !

 

Familiar surroundings for Harper ?

 

Amazing final match performance

 

Our First Team played their final match in Division 1 of the North West Counties Squash League, at home, on 28 March; it was a must-win match to maintain the Club's status in the region's top flight.

Playing Bollington, another Club seeking to avoid relegation, not only did our team win the match but they won it 5-0 in emphatic style.

Congratulations to all Team members - Owain Taylor, Rhys Evans, Josh Davies, Tim Arthur and Ryan Lewis.

A superb evening and fantastic result for the Club.

 

Power back on at Club

 

Following a week of frustration, with team matches and junior coaching sessions, not to mention individual games, all being cancelled, the lights finally came back on at the Club, at end of the day on 21 March.

Our thanks to Gareth, the BS&SC Manager, for keeping us updated on the situation and to all of our members, for your patience and understanding.

 

Power off at Club

 

The week commencing 13 March was a bit of a nightmare for the Club, from having only an intermittent electricity supply to no power at all.

The fault was finally tracked down and, on 17 March, we were told that engineers were on site and the remedial works were to include a new strech of cable being run under the roadway from the Main Site. Advice was that this may not be completed before the weekend and so we had to advise all members that no play would be possible until we have a further update on 20 March.

This has been a massive frustration for everyone concerned, including the BS&SC Manager who has worked hard to get a resolution.

 

Back on court !

 

Having given birth to her daughter, Harper, on New Years Day, Hannah Davies couldn't wait to get back on court and was briefly seen hitting a ball again on 7 February; that's determination which has to be admired (we think !!).

 

Into the routine again ...

 

Feeling the cold

 

The Squash Club has been experiencing the cold recently, with issues to do with central heating and the Court 2 heater not working.

We apologise to members; it couldn't have occured at a worse time, with the recent high winds and low temperatures.

The BSSC Manager has been informed of the difficulties and frustrations this creates and has arranged for appropriate works to be done.

UPDATE - On 26 January, the necessary repairs were completed to both court heaters.

 

Beginner sessions in January started

 

A Club initiative to encourage Beginners into Squash commenced on 7th January with three people attending.

This was an important exercise for the Squash Club, by way of encouraging greater participation in sport.

This exercise by the Club was only made possible thanks to our coaches, who give their time - Mark Davies, Alasdair Blundell and Jim Tunley.

UPDATE - As a result of these sessions, we've had two adults and one junior taking up the sport and they have all joined the Squash Club.

 

The next stage ... during January 2023

 

The Squash Club was closed for play on 3rd and part of the 4th January, when we had a new glass court door fitted, plus some necessary repairs to the both front walls.

A second glass door is now due to be fitted on Monday, 16 January.

Part of the benefit in this will be the added safety and greater enhancement of the facility.

The work is being undertaken by CourtCare UK Ltd, who have also been asked to schedule a return visit at the end of this season, for a full court maintenance programme.

 

Work on front wall underway

 

First door fitted, front wall repaired

 

Second door about to go on !

 

A New Years Day baby for Hannah

 

Again, on behalf of the Squash Club, huge congratulations go to Hannah and Tom on the birth of Harper Jessica, who arrived at 1.42 am on 1st January 2023.

 

Welcome Harper

 

Meet our of younger members !

 

On behalf of the Squash Club, huge congratulations to Lewis and Ella Jones on the birth of Harrison, on 18 December 2022.

 

Welcome Harrison

 

Uplift continues

 

The Club's desire to improve the facility took a further step on 14 December with new flooring laid across the public areas. Some finishing off is still to be done - new skirting to be fitted and painted.

In the New Year, attention will be back to some essential court maintenance, as well as improving the toilet and shower areas of the Club.

 

New flooring is laid

 

The balcony

 

Entrance

 

Fast & Furious 2022

 

This year's Fast & Furious Christmas Competition took place on 3 December.

Those members who were able to support this year's Christmas event had a good day of friendly banter and play; it was great to see some of our junior players also taking part.

Huge thanks again to our Organiser, Hannah for pulling it all together.

 

Just six weeks to go !

 

The F&F crew

 

Our Fast & Furious Winners

 

A fresh new look

 

The decoration of the lobby and balcony areas was completed during November and gives the Club a much fresher feel; our new flooring will be laid between 12 and 14 December, when the Club is to be closed while the work is done.

 

Decoration complete

 

Equality / Equity Policy

 

The Wrexham Brymbo Squash Club Committee is keen to ensure that all matters within the Club are treated with respect and fairness and, as such, have formally acknowledged and adopted the Squash Wales Model Equality / Equity Policy.

 

To view the Equality / Equity Policy, click on the link -

Equality / Equity Policy

 

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.
Please contact either Mark Davies or Jim Tunley to chat it through.

 

and finally ... all Members to note

 

To all members - at anytime, if you are the last to leave the Club, please ensure that the showers and all of the lights, heaters and court fans are turned off.

 

Please be vigilant in this and report any problems that may arise - thank you.

 

 

 

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