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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.

We would like to hear from you, so please contact either Mark Davies or Jim Tunley to chat through how you could become involved.

 

May 2022

Ethan goes Bronze at Prestbury

 

Over the weekend 28-29 May, Ethan Willis takes part in the Prestbury Squash Club Junior Open 2022 - an England Squash Bronze Event.

This is a great opportunity for Ethan to challenge some of the top Boys Under 13s in the region - we wish him the best of luck.

 

A second group from Penygelli CP School

 

On 13 May, coaches Mark and Jim took the Mini Squash Experience to a second group of Years 5/6 pupils at Penygelli Primary School in Coedpoeth.

For this group, it was their second Mini Squash session and the next step will be for them to come to the Club and get on court.

 

Next ... on court !

 

Introducing Lowri

 

This month we've had a new youngster join our Monday evening coaching session at the Club.

Lowri (age 7) follows her brother Ieuan who started squash at a similar age; she's a star for the future !

 

That smile says it all ...

 

Manchester calling ...

 

Three of our juniors played in the Dunlop Manchester Junior Open, over the weekend 29 April to 1 May.

Matches were played at the Fairways Lodge Squash Club and the Grove Park Squash Club and featured some of the UK's top junior players. From the Squash Club were Jamie and Will Silvester, with Josh Davies; Jamie played in the Boys Under 17s, while Will and Josh took part in the Boys Under 19 event.

At the end of some hard matches - Jamie finished in 17th place; Will finished in 18th place and Josh came in at 8th place.
Well done all.

 

April 2022

On court again for Penygelli pupils

 

The Years 5/6 pupils from Penygelli Primary School in Coedpoeth were at the Club again on 29 April to continue learning some of the basics of squash.

We hope to see this group again soon when we invite them to join our regular coaching programme.

 

Concentration for learning

 

Back hand skills

 

Technique is important

 

Hard work is done !

 

Wales fifth at Europeans

 

At the ESF European Individual and Team U19 Squash Championships 2022, at Eindhoven, Netherlands over 8-17 April, the Welsh Team finished in a respectable fifth place.

Part of the Welsh Team was Club member, Josh Davies - a fantastic opportunity for all of the Welsh players.

 

The Welsh Under 19 Squad in Holland

 

An Easter break

 

Schools finish for the Easter holidays on 8 April and our Juniors Coaching sessions will also take a break.

We hope that you all have a good holiday and that we'll see you again at the usual times on Monday, 25 April - raring to get back on court!

 

Years 5/6 get on court

 

Our Years 5/6 pupils from Penygelli Primary School in Coedpoeth, finally got down to the Club on 8 April and had some fun learning some basics of squash.

This followed two sessions of Mini Squash at the School and so they were really keen to have a go on court.

 

They look like they're having fun !

 

Who's closest to the wall ?

 

Pick up time !

 

Thanks to Moreton Hall School for helping out

 

March 2022

European call-up !

 

Over the weekend 19/20 March, Josh Davies was part of a Welsh Under 19 Squad Training session in Cardiff; this in preparation for the ESF European Individual and Team U19 Squash Championships 2022, scheduled for 8-17 April at Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Organised by the European Squash Federation, this is a fantastic opportunity for Josh and the other Welsh players, mixing with the very top young players in Europe.

 

Talent search at local School

 

On 11 March we started our latest search for local talent with young people at Penygelli Primary School in Coedpoeth, a return visit by coaches to this School.

We've started a three week programme involving 12 pupils from Years 5/6; the first two sessions will be about learning new skills, using our Mini Squash equipment at School, but then the young people will attend the Club, we hope over two consecutive weeks, for an experience on court.

Our thanks to Mark, Alasdair and Jim for giving their time.

 

It's important to warm up

 

Eyes on the ball

 

Our Penygelli all stars !

 

Another - how it started & how it's going now!

 

In the second of our series in following the development and achievements of our junior stars, we continue with talented brothers, Will and Jamie Silvester.

The link below shows how it started ...

 

How it started for ... Will & Jamie

 

How it started & how it's going now!

 

Over the years, we've closely followed the development and achievements of one of our junior stars, Josh Davies.

Click on the link below to see how it started ...

 

How it started for ... Josh

 

Thanks to Tom and Alasdair

 

The Club is most grateful to Tom Trueman and Alasdair Blundell who have enabled our Junior Coaching Programme to continue in 2022.

Since January, both Tom and Alasdair have stood in for the regular Coach, Jim, as he recovers from a hip replacement operation.

The continuation of a Junior Programme is an imperative to any Club going forward, but the work of our volunteers is crucial in this; huge thanks to you both.

 

February 2022

Two take on the Merthyr Junior Open

 

Best of luck to Ethan Willis and Josh Davies who travel to Merthyr Tydfil playing in the Merthyr Junior Open 2022, over the weekend 25 - 27 February.

Ethan plays in the Boys Under 15 event, while Josh is in a tough Boys Under 19 group.

 

Academy Squads training at the Club

 

On 22 and 23 February, the Club was pleased to host the Squash Wales Academy Squads 1 and 2 (North) Training Days.

The Welsh National Junior Coach, Greg Tippings, put the Academy 2 players through a tough session of routines, assisted by Mark Davies

Our Club players involved were Will & Jamie Silvester, Josh Davies and Tom & Ethan Willis.

 

Academy Squad 2 North

 

Academy Squad 1 North

 

They needed a break !

 

Juniors match up with Moreton Hall

 

To help give them all a new experience in their squash skills development, we arranged a "match" between some of the Club's Juniors and Boys from Moreton Hall School on 12 February.

All were Year 7 pupils and most had not played in this type of situation before; it was useful also for members of the Coaching Team to see how each performed and understand where the emphasis should be for future coaching sessions. Well played everyone.

 

Our "match" with Boys from Moreton Hall School

 

January 2022

2022 Welsh National Junior Closed Championships

 

We wish all the young players who are taking part in the 2022 Karakal Welsh National Junior Closed Championships the very best of luck but, particularly, those representing the Squash Club:

Ethan Willis
Tom Willis
Josh Davies
and Jamie Silvester.


All four players have their first matches in Cardiff at the Sport Wales National Centre on Saturday morning / early afternoon [22 January] - play well boys and enjoy the experience.

 

UPDATE: Ethan Willis had a superb weekend to finish as Runner-Up in the Boys Under 13 group.

 

Welsh Under 13s Runner-Up

 

Our boys at the Junior Inter County Finals

 

Over the weekend 15/16 January, four of our junior members travelled to Nottingham to play in the England Squash Junior Inter County Championships Finals; the ultimate Teams competition after several previous weekends playing with the best in the country.

Huge congratulations go to our juniors who took part, as follows:

Ethan Willis - unusually, Ethan represented South Wales Under 13 Boys in the Plate Competition (as North Wales could not raise a Team).
It was a superb weekend for Ethan who won all three of his matches - against Lancashire, Warwickshire B and Middlesex A.
The Team won the Plate Competition - brilliant.

Josh Davies, Will & Jamie Silvester, plus Rhys Evans (Aberystwyth) - played in the tough Under 19 Boys Grouping (guided by their Coach, Mark Davies), winning against Cambridgeshire, losing to Kent and then winning against Cornwall to finish the weekend in very creditable Fifth Place overall.

Some great squash was played by all the Welsh players; they will all have experiences from a weekend to remember. Congratulations and very well done.

 

Ethan is ready for Finals

 

South Wales U13s Team

 

Rhys gives respect !

 

That winning feeling from Josh

 

The Under 19s Team

 

Tez & Emyr meet Moreton Hall !

 

While training at the Club on 12 January, the girls from Moreton Hall School were pleased to be in World Class company as they met Tesni and Emyr Evans.

Tez [World Rank - 13] and Emyr [World Rank - 97] both train at the Club on a regular basis.

 

Skills and advice shared ...

 

Junior Coaching this month

 

A Happy New Year to all our juniors.
The Coaching Programme is set to start again on Monday 10 January.

Due to coach availability, there will be some temporary changes with adjustments to the timings of groups, but all parents have been sent a direct message with details.

We hope to see as many as possible, each working hard to develop their skills.

 

Newest (youngest) member at Fast & Furious

 

On 8 January, the Club's newest family member attended our Fast & Furious 2022 Tournament to support her father, John Evans.

We welcome Seren to the Club; a star for the future.

 

Our youngest member

 

December 2021

Squash Wales North Academy Squads

 

Despite the current concerns and possible restrictions likely as a consequence of the rapid spread of the Coronavirus Omicron variant across Wales, we were able to host two Squash Wales North Academy Squad Days at the Club on 28 / 29 December.

Squash Wales monitored the situation and took advice on whether or not these sessions should continue and, with guidance from Coach, Mark Davies, all those who attended worked hard.

 

Squash Wales Academy Squad 1

 

Squash Wales Regional Training at the Club

 

Juniors from across the area were invited to take part in the Squash Wales Regional Training event at Brymbo, held on 12 December.

It was another opportunity for these players to gain additional court time with routines and games.

 

Squash Wales Regional Training Event

 

Congratulations Josh

 

A superb weekend on 4/5 December for Josh Davies in making it through to the Semi Final stage of the England Squash Juniors Gold Event held at Pontefract.

Josh was playing in the very competitive Boys Under 17 Group, which included all of the top UK players; this was a tremendous effort by Josh that shows his potential, very well done.

 

Semi Finalist at Gold Event

 

Eye Protection - our Policy

It is important that all members, parents and juniors understand the Club's approach to Eye Protection - a policy which is also adopted by Squash Wales.

To view our policy, please click on either the link below or the graphic (right).

 

Eye Protection - our Policy

 

Child Safety & Equity

The Squash Club fully supports and welcomes the work of its National Governing Body, Squash Wales in the area of child safety and, as such, members and parents may be interested to see their Policy & Procedures in Squash Impementation Plan (July 2013) -

"Child Safety - Our Priority"

 

Equality / Equity Policy

The Wrexham Brymbo Squash Club Committee is keen to ensure 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

 

Acceptable Behaviour ....

Finally, all are reminded about the Club's Acceptable Behaviour Code for our Junior Members; this is particularly important when a Junior is selected to represent our Club in a match or at a Squash Wales Training Squad.

 

Acceptable Behaviour Code for all Junior Members

 

 

 

 

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