Club faces some major expense
The Club has now been up and running for over five years and we continue with some good momentum both in attracting new members and, very positively for the 2012-13 season, we would field a new (second) team in the North West Counties Leagues.
Membership remained steady throughout 2012 and the monthly leagues were very well supported. The Club's website was still an influence in the recruitment of new members and our on-line booking system certainly helped maintain an increase in the number of court bookings.
At our AGM on 14 May, the Officers for 2012-13 were agreed as follows:
Fees:The AGM agreed a recommendation from the Clubís Committee to retain Member Subscriptions for 2012-2013 at their previous levels for the three categories:
Maintenance: We still had problems with the front wall of Court 2; we knew that to have the whole wall re-plastered by a specialist firm would be a costly exercise and so in December 2011, over Christmas and into the New Year, we decided to close off both courts for their repair and redecoration; work was also undertaken at this time to freshen up the balcony area and the Men's changing room.
View the refurbishment below:-
Court refurbishment 1 Court refurbishment 2 Court refurbishment 3
BUT ... Within a matter of months, this repair work was undone as plaster came off the walls with regular play and so, over the Summer 2012, the Club had little option but to obtain quotes from two of the country's specialist court installers for the renovations now required. We opted to go with CourtCare UK Ltd of Congleton.
Work commenced on Monday, 3 September and by the following Wednesday evening the court renovations work was completed. The courts looked like new and Club players and our visiting teams have all provided very positive feedback on how well they play.
Court renovations 1 Court renovations 2 Court renovations 3 Court renovations 4 Court renovations 5 Court renovations 6
Over the weekend 30 November and 1 December, we also had some essential work done to re-decorate the ceiling in the Men's shower area, this following trouble earlier in the year with the flat roof.
Congratulations ... to our new Level Two Coaches
In 2012 we congratulated Margaret Meadowcroft, Hannah Davies and Jim Tunley on achieving their UKCC Level Two Squash Coaching Award . To qualify, the three have had to undertake four days of training and assessments, the last of which took place in January.
Coaching is an important element for our Club and we continue to encourage anyone who has interest in helping with our junior coaching programmes, to speak with a member of the coaching team.
2012 Club Championship
Our annual Club Championships (including the Junior
Championships), were held over two weeks in May with Finals Day taking place on Saturday, 26 May 2012.
Our 2012 Club Champion
To conclude our Championships, the Club's Presentation Evening was held on the Saturday evening and, to all those who attended, thank you again for your support.
Other 2011-12 Season Awards made on the evening were:-
2012 Award Winners
In future, the Club Championships will be played over one weekend in May, at the conclusion of our Teams' season.
Daytime Leagues start ...
A Daytime League commenced in July 2012 with a view to encouraging more play, with those who are able to play, during the day when the Club has plenty of court downtime.
Club continues to raise its profile at Glyndwr
Hannah Davies and Jim Tunley took the Mini Squash Wall and spent a day at the Glyndwr University Fresher's Faire on 26 September 2012, to canvas and encourage new and existing squash players to consider joining "the only Squash Club in town".
This is part of the Club's developing partnership with Glyndwr University, particularly with staff and students from the Sport and Exercise Sciences Faculty.
A long way from home for Jason ...
Through the Club's website, this year we welcomed a new junior member, all the way from Hong Kong !
Jason with Jack Hayes
Back the Bid - 2020
The world's largest ever squash match took place on Saturday, 20 October: World Squash Day.
Hannah at World Team Championships
From 12-17 November, Wrexham International Hannah Davies was in Nimes, southern France as part of the Senior Welsh Team to compete in the 2012 Women's World Team
Championships. It was a superb experience for Hannah as all of the worlds top female squash players were taking part.
Womens World Team Championships website The Welsh Team
NE Wales Open
Four Club members took part in the prestigious 2012 North Wales Open Championships, at The Saints Club, Prestatyn (1 and 2 December), sponsored this year by Anchor Insurance Services - these were Rob Evans, Hannah Davies, Darren Lee and Jack Hayes
More essential work completed
Work to re-decorate the ceiling in the Men's shower area took place over the weekend 30 November and 1 December 2012, this following problems earlier in the year with a leak in the flat roof.
A BIG festive weekend ... !
Following on from two excellent juniors tournaments (see Juniors Page), the Club held its annual Fast & Furious Christmas Tournament on 15 December and thanks to all those who supported this years competition.
2012 Fast & Furious - Group 2012 Fast & Furious - Group 1 winners 2012 Fast & Furious - Other winners 2012 Fast & Furious - Special thanks to Hannah
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Club Night set to return in 2013 !
If there is sufficient interest, we hope to start the Sunday Evening Club Night sessions again in the New Year. Members just turn-up and join in for a "round robin" of games with whoever else is available.
Our Teams in 2012 ...
End of 2011 - 2012 Season Report
Welsh honours ...
Four Club members have recently gained international honours in representing Wales this year. See their photo below:
Our Welsh Internationals
North Wales supreme in Cardiff
The North East Wales, Men's and Women's Teams both triumphed over the weekend 19-20 May at the Welsh Inter County Championships in Cardiff.
Our two successful Captains ... Members of the successful Mens Team
North Wales Cup
The Club's Second Team played Saints A in the 2011-12 Season Finale, the North Wales Cup Final on 8 May at Deeside Leisure Centre.
MATCH REPORT - The one that got away !
Almost ... Regional Champions
Our North West Counties Leagues Team achieved promotion to the tough Second Division, unbeaten all season and with two matches to spare.
Unbeaten all season ...
They then competed for the opportunity to win the NWCSL Division 3 Regional Championship and, having won their first play-off match away at Bowdon 4-1, lost their next match away to Prestbury 4-1.
MATCH REPORT - So near, yet so far !
We held a Teams Meeting on 29 May - use the following link to view the highlights and agreements.
Teams Meeting - 29 May 2012
2012 - 2013 Season
For the 2012-13 season, we had three teams again in the North Wales Leagues, the Firsts and Seconds playing in Division 1, while our Third Team, with an emphasis on playing juniors whenever possible, will play in Division 3.
This season, the Club put out two teams in the North West Counties Squash Leagues (on Thursday evenings) - following promotion in 2011-12, the First Team played in Division 2 West, while our new Second Team competed in the Division 4 South West League - both leagues held the promise for some squash at a very high standard.
"Loan" move for Hannah ...
Ahead of the new North West Counties Squash League season (started on 27 September), one of the Club's top players went out on a season-long "loan" to local rivals.
At the Club this news brings mixed emotions; while fully supporting this decision by Hannah, in the future we may need to look at how better we can structure our support for the home grown talents like Hannah (and John Evans for example), to develop them on as players.
Team sponsorship ...
New for this season are the Teams shirts that have been sponsored by Carlsberg UK through their Regional Account Manager, Sam Evans.
2012 - 2013 Mid-Season Report
A very successful first half in both the North Wales and North West Counties Squash Leagues - for such a small Club we were punching above our weight !
In the North Wales Leagues: Our First Team, expertly marshalled by Aleks Stojanovic in his first season as Captain, sat proudly on the top of Division One with a 100% league record - quite an achievement considering the strength of the other teams in the division. Apparently, however, Aleks handles his team better than his team fees!
The Second Team managed against all the odds to stay in the top division but were still looking forward to the second half of the season - playing in this top flight can only help raise and improve their standard of squash.
The Third Team, playing in Division Three, have had a mixed season with hopes of promotion fading early on with losses to some unusually strong sides in the division.
Our two Thusday Teams in the North West Counties Leagues (NWCSL) have had a great first half of the season.
Meanwhile, our newly formed Second Team had an equally impressive first half in Division 4, topping the league with an 100% record after their last match win against Winsford who were in second place.
In conclusion, all our teams have been very successful, so let's hope it continues into 2013.
Our Juniors in 2012 ...
New Year Junior Coaching
The 2012 programme of junior coaching recommenced on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4.45 and 5.30, from the week commencing 9 January 2012, with a good number of young players. The eleven week programme ran through to Half Term and then until Easter.
2012 Wrexham Sports Awards
Another superb show of local sporting talent was held at Brymbo Sports Club on 23 February where the Marchwiel Dieniol Primary School won the prestigious "Wrexham Primary School of the Year for Sporting Achievement".
The Squash Club was pleased to nominate Deiniol School for this Award, to endorse the partnership that has been developed over the last four years more recently with the Mini Squash Experience, as part of the Wrexham Schools Squash Programme.
Mini Squash returns to Marchwiel
On Wednesday 8 February, coaches from the Club took the Mini Squash Experience to over 80 pupils at Marchwiel Deiniol Primary School and a good time was had by all. We spotted some very promising youngsters throughout the morning and hope that some will soon come along to the Squash Club as part of a taster session.
North Wales 2012 Junior Open
The 2012 North Wales Junior Open took place over the weekend, 3-5 February at The Saints Club, Prestatyn with three Club members taking part.
Other Wrexham Brymbo players taking part were Perry Shoemark, who finished 7th in the Boys Under 17 event and Jazmine Hughes, who was 5th in the Girls Under 17 event.
Through the Club's Coaching Team, the message will always be an encouragement for our junior players to enter these local tournaments. It is good experience for them and also for their parents in following their progress while watching other players from across Wales competing.
New Year, New School ...
As part of the Wrexham Schools Squash Programme, coaches from the Club visited Barkers Lane CP School on 1st February with the Mini Squash Experience. Our thanks to Hannah Davies, Jake Fosterjohn, Lewis Eardley and Jim Tunley for taking time to deliver this programme to four of the School's year groups (see below).
Senior Welsh Squad selection for Hannah
Well done to Hannah Davies on a brilliant weekend in Newport (24-25 March), not only did she beat the No 1 seed to win the 2012 Coors Newport Open Ladies Championship , but also confirmed her place in the Welsh Ladies Senior Squad.
Winner at 2012 Welsh Junior Open
The 2012 Welsh Junior Open took place over the weekend 2 - 4 March in Cardiff (this is the top national competition for Welsh Juniors) and two Wrexham Brymbo members were in contention:-
Congratulations on a superb weekend to Hannah who took the Welsh Girls Under 19 Championship beating again her Welsh Team-mate, Fiona Murphy in the Final by 3 - 1.
In a tough Under 17 Boys group, Perry finished in 20th place.
200 pupils enjoy Mini Squash
Pupils from Barkers Lane and Marchwiel Deiniol Primary Schools took part in the Club's latest Mini Squash Day, as part of the Wrexham Schools Squash Programme.
Our thanks to coaches Hannah Davies, John Evans, Shaun Greenwood, Mike Penlington and Jim Tunley for giving up their time to make this possible.
Click below for images from the day:
FOLLOW-UP: At the Taster Session held at the Club on Saturday, 28 April, seventeen pupils attended and had an excellent session with coaches Mark Davies, Mike Penlington and Hannah Davies - see the picture below.
New Juniors Club and other changes ...
Following the Easter break, we instigated some changes to our junior coaching programme that included removal of the Wednesday evening sessions.
Commencing Monday, 16 April, session times for junior coaching was from 4.45 until 7.00 pm.
With an emphasis on matchplay, a new initiative started on Saturday, 21 April 2012 - this was our "Juniors Club". This was open to all who took part in our junior coaching programme, each Saturday between 1.00 and 3.00 pm.
We hoped that this new arrangements would be a positive boost to our juniors programme.
2012 Juniors Championships ...
All three of our junior groupings (beginners, intermediate and advanced) played matches in the Club's 2012 Junior Championships and winners were:
Senior Team for Hannah at European Championships
From 1st to 6th May, Hannah Davies will play with the elite players in Europe as part of a Welsh Womens Team in the European Team Championships. These will be held in the city of Nuremberg, Germany.
The Welsh Mens Team is - Peter Creed, Nick Birt, Dave Hayey, Sam Fenwick and Jordan Davies.
For further details, follow our link to the Championships website:-
Juniors travel to Llanfyllin ...
On Sunday, 22 July, Mark & Hannah Davies accompanied a group of our junior players for a friendly match with Llanfyllin Squash Club.
Marchwiel Juniors at the Club ...
Two groups of Years 4/5 pupils from Marchwiel Deiniol Primary School visited the Club for the morning on 13 July and all had great fun as they started to develop their racket skills.
Juniors coaching ...
With the Summer holidays over and our squash court renovations completed it was time for the Club's Autumn / Winter 2012Junior Coaching to start again on Monday, 10 September [4.45 to 7.00] through until Christmas.
As usual, many of our Juniors have not played over the summer months a situation that, ideally, would change if they were to become members of the Club !
Area Performance Centre
During October the Club hosted the first block of four Area Performance Centre sessions, designed to promote higher quality coaching within groups of emerging and talented players within our Club, specifically, those better standard juniors who attend junior section coaching on a regular basis and who show the potential to progress to higher level squads.
North Wales Under 17s Inter Counties
On the 7th October, North Wales Boys Under 17 Team travelled to Cheadle Hulme, Manchester to play against Derbyshire, Merseyside & Cheshire. A tough task for the team of Emyr Evans, Liam Jones, George Thomas, Sam Wallace, Dave Daly (all from the Saints Club) and Perry Shoemark (Wrexham Brymbo Squash Club).
First match up was against Cheshire with a very good performance from the boys who won 4-1.
Ten invited to the Talent ID Squad
Ten juniors from the Club were invited to take part in the 2012-13 North Wales Talent ID Squad sessions.
Area Performance Centre
During November the Club hosted the Area Performance Centre, Series 2 - another four sessions designed to promote higher quality coaching for our emerging and talented players within our Club.
A Christmas Tournament
The 2012 Juniors Christmas Tournament on 10 December concluded the Club's 2012 programme of junior coaching (held each Monday) - the 2013 programme would commence again on 7 January.
There was some good and competitive squash played with fun games and prizes for all - an excellent evening when everyone was a winner and we were grateful again to Hannah for her organisation of a superb event.
Performance Centre Tournament
On 14 December we also held a small Christmas Tournament for members of the Area Performance Centre - following some fine squash, our winners were: