The new Squash Club is born !
After almost twelve months hard work through correspondence, persuasion and negotiation, seeking professional advice, clearing, cleaning, decorating, not to mention that both Jim and Mark had to almost sign their lives away (!), the newly formed Wrexham Brymbo Squash Club finally became reality on 1st March 2007 .
Months prior to opening as a Squash Club, an Interim Committee had to be agreed to handle all of the negotiations with Squash Wales, the Sports Council, Brymbo Directors and others. In particular, this Interim Committee involved Mark Davies and Jim Tunley, as Chairman and Secretary (both heavily involved with Wrexham Squash) who dealt with much of the detail.
The initiative for a new Club had been progressed through Wrexham Squash, which had been formed back in April 2002 to promote junior squash (under age 19) in Wrexham, using courts at the Phoenix and Sports Connection Clubs, at a time when there was no formal coaching available for our local young people.
Having accepted our business plan and agreed the formalities between the Club and Brymbo Directors, there was much work required to get the courts and changing rooms to the point where they may be utilised.
For those interested in understanding the extent and detail of the work required during 2005 / 2006 to achieve our move to Brymbo, go to the Years Pre 2007 Page within the History Page
Committee Members for the Club's first year were agreed, as follows:
Subscriptions to the Club were agreed at £50 in this first year and these represented great value as they covered a 15 months period, to ensure our future financial years would coincide with that of the Sports & Social Club i.e. from 1st June to 31st May.
It was a busy first year in many ways:
The Club's Committee met a couple of times during the year, as follows:
Our Juniors in 2007 ...
Regular coaching continued with between 20 and 25 young people - 7 of these were involved with the Wrexham Performance Centre (subsidised by Squash Wales).
The Wrexham Schools Squash Programme continued with support from Squash Wales and, in particular, through work undertaken by Margaret Meadowcroft, who took on the role of Schools Liaison for the Club.
Fundamental to our business plan had been the promise to develop junior squash coaching in Wrexham and, with support from Phil Carnell, who was North Wales Squash Development Officer, approaches were made to go into the local Primary Schools at Tanyfron and Brymbo, with others to follow.
A major highlight of 2007 included Hannah Davies being invited to play for the Welsh Under 17 Team at the European Championships, with Wales finishing in third place.
After just ten months, the new Squash Club hosted a fantastic and very successful first Juniors Christmas Tournament in which 25 young people took part, in five competition categories.(With thanks to Darren Booth, who sponsored the event on behalf of Procurasell International)
Our winners were:
Our Juniors picture gallery ...