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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, please contact either Mark Davies or Jim Tunley to chat through how to become involved.

 

November 2021

Squash Taster Session for local children

 

Coaches from the Club were invited to deliver a Squash Taster as part of a Multi Skills session at the Brymbo Enterprise Centre , on 23 November.

This was a great opportunity to promote the Squash Club but also to introduce primary aged young people to the game and make them aware of what's available in their local community area.

The initiative, by Wrexham Council's Active Wrexham Team, has been delivering a number of multi-skill type sessions since September and, as a local Club, we were very pleased to be included.

 

Taster session at Brymbo Enterprise Centre

 

Inter Counties weekend

 

We wished the best of luck to our North Wales Under 19s Team as they head to Sheffield on Saturday, 13 November to take part in the England Squash Inter Counties Competition - this featured all of the top junior players in the country.

Included in the North Wales Team are Club members, Josh Davies and Will Silvester - they are accompanied by Coach, Mark Davies.

 

Our North Wales Under 19 Squad

 

UPDATE: The Squad played 3 matches during the day; they won two (v. Cheshire and Northumbria) but lost the third 2-1 to Yorkshire. This was an impressive performance by our boys and congratulations to them as it does mean they have qualified for the National Inter County Finals next year.

 

Ethan goes south for Inter Counties weekend

 

Congratulations also to Ethan Willis who was called last minute into the South Wales Under 13s Team who played in Gloucester on Sunday, 14 November.

Ethan featured in all three of the Team's matches, winning two and losing in the other.

 

Ethan as part of the South Wales Under 13 Squad

 

Proudly carrying the flag ...

 

October 2021

Academy Squads at the Club

 

Over two days, 25 / 26 October, the Club was pleased to host the Squash Wales Academy Squads 1 and 2 (North) .

The Academy 1 Group, slightly smaller than expected, is formed from junior players across North Wales, as far as Portmadoc and including Club members Ethan Willis and Kieron Sievers.

The Academy Squad 2 included members Will and Jamie Silvester.

 

SW Academy Squad 1 (North)

 

The training starts

 

SW Academy Squad 2 (North)

 

A set back for Tom

 

We were sorry to hear the news that Tom Willis has been injured playing football and suffered a broken collar bone.

This is a real set back for Tom who has made great progress this season in developing his game.
Get well soon Tom.

 

The look says it ...

 

Josh is Welsh Junior Open Champion

 

Huge congratulations to Josh Davies who has become the 2021 Under 19 Welsh Junior Open Champion. This is a fantastic result for Josh who has been the most improved player this year.

Josh was joined at the Cardiff event, over the weekend 1-3 October, by brothers Will & Jamie Silvester.

 

Our Welsh Under 19 Champion

 

September 2021

Junior Coaching on 27 September - cancelled

 

With regret, our Juniors Coaching on Monday, 27th is cancelled. This is a cautious decision taken as a result of one of our juniors testing positive for COVID; we wish them a speedy recovery.

The coaching programme will start up again on Monday, 4 October at the usual times, and we hope to see everyone then.

 

Tom & Ethan in the Cheshire Junior Closed

 

Best of luck to brothers Tom and Ethan Willis who are due to play in the Cheshire Junior County Closed 2021 on Sunday, 26 September at the Bowdon Squash Club in Altrincham. The boys have residence eligibility; Tom plays in the Under 15s event, with Ethan in the Under 13s.

 

Squash Wales Regional Training

 

The juniors who attend the Club's regular coaching have all been invited to attend an additional session on Saturday, 25 September. This is provided by Squash Wales' Development Programme and we hope that as many as possible will be able to join us.

 

Three play in the Shefield Silver event

 

Well done to three of our juniors who played the Sheffield Silver Junior Open over the weekend 17 - 19 September; this was an England Squash sanctioned event that featured the country's top junior players.

Will and Jamie Silvester, together with Josh Davies were all playing in the Boys Under 17 event. We hope they had a good weekend and all enjoyed their experince.

 

Moreton Hall School at the Club

 

We are pleased to welcome back the pupils from Moreton Hall School as they start their weekly coaching programme for girls and boys, supervised by Hannah and Mark Davies .

 

Juniors Coaching to start

 

Our Juniors Coaching Programme started again on Monday, 6 September (5.30 pm) with great help from our Level 1 Coach, Cameron Dennis.

This year, we've tried to identify players into groupings, which should allow for better development time.

 

On their way to Uni

 

Huge congratulations to three of our "Juniors" on their GCSE A Level Results.

All three, Henry Scarsbrook (reading Law), David Thomas (reading Material Science) and Cameron Dennis (reading Maths and Computer Science) achieved the results they required to head off this September, to study at the Durham, St Andrews and Durham Universities respectively.

 

August / July 2021

School's Out - Summer Training

 

After consultation with parents, the Club's Coaches hope to maintain the recent momentum and encourage juniors to participate in sport during the Summer holidays.

Each Wednesday, from 21 July through to 25 August , we will run a Juniors Summer Training event at the Club, starting at 10.45 (with our beginners for an hour) and then the more experienced players will be on court through until 2.00 pm.

Given the amount of lost opportunity to get on court during the pandemic, it is important now to build in time for play this summer.

UPDATE: On 4 August nine juniors attended including, for the first time, young Oliver (age 7). Thanks to Kieran who provided coaching tips to his young cousin - it's great to see these young ones having fun while learning new skills.

UPDATE: We knew that for our second session on 28 July, at least four of our juniors would not be able to attend, however, the six that took part worked well in hitting to length using a drive and/or volley.

UPDATE: We had six attend our first summer session; it was a hot day but that did not stop the hard work - well done everyone.

 

Enjoying being back on court!

 

Junior Coaching - a short burst !

 

Over two evenings, 5th and 12th July, the Coaching Team hosted a short coaching opportunity for juniors.

Juniors who have previously attended the Club's Coaching Programme were invited to attend, some of who will not have picked up a racket in 18 months.
We were keen to help ensure that they get back on court before the Summer holidays and, perhaps, discuss with them what coaching we may be able to provide during July / August.

UPDATE: Nine juniors took up the invitation to join these sessions, all working hard to make up lost court time !

 

Getting back into the swing !

 

June 2021

On the road again !

 

It's been a long time since our last schools visit, but members of the Coaching Team took the Mini Squash experience to Black Lane CP School on 18 May.

Working with the Active Wrexham Team, we were invited to attend this local School to take a group of Years 5/6 pupils and we return there again on 2 July.

Huge thanks to our volunteer coaches - Henry, David, Mark and Jim - for giving their time to encourage participation in squash.

 

Mini Squash at Black Lane CP School

 

Will joins the Welsh Under 17s and 19s Squads in training

 

Despite that he is still returning from injury, Will Silvester attended the Welsh Under 17s and Under 19s Squads for a training weekend in Cardiff over 5 - 6 June.

Josh Davies was also invited to attend but had to withdraw through injury; we wish both Will and Josh all the very best for a speedy return to fitness.

 

Academy Squads Training at Club

 

The Club hosted the two Squash Wales Academy Squads (North) on 1 and 2 June.

Representing the Club were Josh Davies, Will & Jamie Silvester and Kieran Sievers; the Squads were a little depleted due to Half Term and injury. Mark Davies was also asked to coach at each event.

 

The Academy 1 Squad before the hard work begins

 

May 2021

Welsh Under 13s Squad at Club

 

We were pleased to host the Welsh National Under 13s Squad Training Day on 22 May.

It was particularly pleasing to see Club members and brothers, Tom and Ethan Willis, invited to join the National Squad.

 

Welsh National Under 13s Squad

 

Club is OPEN again

 

Following Welsh Government guidance, the Squash Club was open for play on 3 May.

To ensure we can open safely, we have many of the previous protocols still in place; there is also a temporary requirement to play a "modified game".

Due to availability issues, we cannot yet say when we will be able to re-commence our Juniors Coaching Programme; we will, however, be in touch with parents to discuss some possible options.

 

April 2021

Representing Wales in Europe

 

Building on the recent first ever Virtual Squash Home Internationals (see below), over 140 youngsters joined in with a European Virtual Team Championships that was held over the weekend 16th-18th April.

It was a fantastic opportunity for the young people to engage with many of their peers while representing Wales in a fun, enjoyable but hard weekend for everyone. All Welsh Academy players (age 11 to 18) were invited to take part in a competition over 4 sessions of Squash specific strength and conditioning exercises and two of our juniors took part - congratulations to brothers Tom and Ethan Willis on their involvement in this unique experience.

 

March 2021

Brothers represent Wales - virtually

 

Squash Wales announced that teams would compete in the first ever Virtual Squash Home Internationals over the weekend 5th-7th March.

In these strange times, with no competitive Squash matches allowed, this presents an opportunity for all Welsh Academy players (age 11 to 18) to have some competition in a team environment, while also engaging with many of their friends from the other home nations.

We anticipate that two of our juniors, Tom and Ethan Willis, will be part of the Wales Team with a format that will see them completing four different Virtual Sessions of Squash specific strength and conditioning exercises (which they all currently do on a weekly basis) over the weekend. It's sure to be hard work but fun and a fantastic opportunity for all taking part.

UPDATE: Congratulations to the Wales juniors who came first in the Home Internationals Virtual Fitness competition. There were more than 100 juniors from all four home nations per session taking part; fantastic and great motivation for when we can get back on court!

 

Our virtual internationals - Tom & Ethan

 

February 2021

Join us in lockdown Circuits

 

All of our juniors are encouraged to keep active during the lockdown and be prepared for the day when we can finally get back onto court; so why not make Squash Circuits at home with Hannah part of your weekly routine ?

It would be good to see some of our younger players attending the zoom call; just follow the joining instructions sent by email, it's every Tuesday evening at 6.00 pm, during the lockdown. Any problems getting involved, contact Jim or Mark.

 

January 2021

Coping with a winter lockdown

 

Don't struggle alone, there are strategies to help us cope with our mental health during Lockdown.
Click on the picture (right) for some details that may be of help.

 

Happy New Year !

 

We've started the New Year with the grim news that all four home nations are into a National Lockdown from 5 January.

It now seems most unlikely that any indoor sports will be allowed to resume before February, at the earliest; it's a great shame for young people who are missing out on their education, social and sporting activity.

Try to keep active and stay safe at this time and we will be in contact with you about the Club re-opening, when it is safe to do so.

 

December 2020

Final session of 2020

 

After a very difficult year for so many people around the world, 2020 is drawing to a conclusion but with the desparate news that 2021 will begin with another lockdown.

It's been a stop / start year for the Juniors Coaching Programme and, on 14 December we held our final session.

It's been particularly good to see some new youngsters joining the programme and we recently welcomed Miles, Lukas, Dylan and Daisy, joining Kian and Lainey in our beginners group.

We hope to see everyone back sometime in the New Year, when the lockdown restrictions are eased, meanwhile, from Jim and Mark, have a Happy Christmas - stay active and keep safe.

 

Some of the beginner group

 

Festive fun and games

 

More fun and games

 

Who doesn't like chocolate ... ?

 

Squash Wales Regional Training at Club

 

On 4 December, the Club hosted the first of this season's Squash Wales Regional Squad Training Night.

Players were invited to attend and, on the night, we had eight from eleven who were able to take part.
Directed by Coach, Mike Harris, the juniors were encouraged into early racket preparation and, through a series of exercises, hitting the ball consistently to target.
The photos below show some of the juniors who took part.

 

Regional Training Night - listening mode !

 

Regional Training Night - some of the group

 

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"

 

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 now formally acknowledged and adopted the Squash Wales Model Equity Policy.

 

To view the Equity Policy, click on the link -

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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