Some light, some dark in 2021
Yet another unprecedented year across the world as different variants of COVID-19 caused much misery and chaos to all aspects of life, as well a continuing rise of the global coronavirus death toll.
Club's 2021 AGM, again in reflection
Now in our 14th Year, the Annual General Meeting on 27 May paid respects to those who had lost loved ones during the year, in particuar due to COVID-19.
Note of 2021 AGM
Subscriptions for 2021-22 agreed
The Squash Club AGM also approved a three tier approach to the 2021-22 membership subscriptions to be effective from 1 June 2021, as follows:
Some highlights from 2021 ...
Squash Circuits during lockdown
To help members through Christmas 2021 and into the New Year lockdown period, we were very grateful to Hannah Davies who again delivered a number of 40 minute Squash Circuits at Home, via zoom.
A massive boost for the town ...
On 9 February, big news in Wrexham was confirmation that the RR McReynolds Company LLC had taken 100% control of the Wrexham Football Club.
The lockdown continued ...
On 19 February, the First Minister confirmed that the strict Alert Level 4 restrictions were set to continue for a further three weeks, pending a fourth review scheduled for 12 March
Mens' shower and toilet areas get new floor covering
During lockdown, the floor covering in the Men's Shower and Toilet Area of the Squash Club was renewed.
Wales restrictions eased in time for Easter
The Welsh Government announced some changes to restrictions; from 27 March -
Top professionals train at the Club
Throughout the lockdown period, we were pleased to be able to support professional players training at the Squash Club.
Before the hard work begins ...
Improvement at the Club
Our latest commitment to maintaining the Club facility in April was to replace the balcony window; that had become fairly rotten; it leaked damp and allowed in a draught. Our thanks to Paul Silvester.
Easing restrictions brought foward
In a surprise move, the Welsh Government announced that gyms and leisure centres would be allowed to open one week earlier than originally planned. It meant that the Squash Club re-opens from 3 May, but still with strict protocols necessary. For the Club to be compliant, only Individual and one-to-one training was allowed, or matches between from members of a same family bubble - all other ways to play would remain banned.
North Wales Regional Development Officer
On 11 May, Mark and Jim met with Phil Barker, the newly appointed Squash Wales Regional Development Officer.
Some good news ...
On 6 August, the Welsh Government announced that all Wales would move to Alert Level 0 from Saturday, 7 August
British National Championships
The 2021 British National Championships took place in Manchester (3-6 August) with the following winning through.
Our 2021 National Champions
Hannah & Tom at Nationals
Best of luck to Hannah Davies and Tom Clark as they head off to Leamington on 7 August to take part in the National Challenger UK Racketball / Squash 57 event.
Off to play Racketball - Hannah & Tom
UPDATE: Congratulations to Hannah on finishing Runner-up in her event; Tom lost his A Grade pool matches against the UK seeded number 1 and 6, but he enjoyed the experience !
in Second Place ...
2021 British Open Championships
New Zealand's Paul Coll and Egypt's Nour El Sherbini are the 2021 Allam British Open champions after they got the better of Egypt's Ali Farag and Nouran Gohar in their respective final fixtures at Hull's Allam Sport Centre on 22 August.
The 2021 British Open Champions
Two at Racketball National Championships
Over the weekend 20-22 August, Darren Lee and Jonathan Davies were at the Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham to take part in the 2021 HEAD Racketball/Squash57 National Championships.
UPDATE: Well done to both players in taking on this challenge and, in particular, to JD in making it through to the Semi Final stages
He gave it everything !
Internal Leagues start again in October !
Members were asked to express their interest in joining our new Monthly Internal Leagues, to commence during October.
Squash Wales new membership scheme
During September, the new Squash Wales Membership platform was launched.
Our aspiration was "smashed" but, is still alive!
Achieving a Third Court remains an aspiration. This was partly smashed during a visit to Bethesda to collect a Glass Squash Wall that had become surplus to requirement and which we were offered by Bethesda Leisure Centre; they were changing their courts into a fitness studio !
2021 Welsh Closed Champions
Congratulations to our new Karakal 2021 Welsh Closed Champions, Tesni Evans and Joel Makin.
2021 Welsh Closed Champions
2021 Club Championships
Our 2021 Club Championships took place on 11 December with the Main Final played between defending Champion, Jonathan Davies and Tim Arthur.
Tim Arthur - 2021 Club Champion
2021 Club Champion & Runner Up
2021 Club Championship - Our Top Three
2021 Club Championship - Plate Winner
2021 Club Championship - Plate Runner-up
Our Teams in 2021 ...
2020 - 2021 Season
LATEST NEWS - 7 September 2020: The Wales Leagues Panel issued a statement in that given the current complexities, unknowns and challenges the pandemic has created, and as more time passes since the scheduled end of the 2019-20 Season, they consider the less viable and relevant the completion of the Welsh League fixtures becomes.
LATEST NEWS - 23 September 2020: The NWCSL Committee at their AGM agreed that they would have to abandon the 2019/20 season.
LATEST NEWS - 26 February 2021: The North West Counties Squash Leagues announced their NEW PARTNERSHIP with @SquashLevels and @SquashSkills
to create NWCSL COMMUNITY ... and, when the Leagues return to action, they will be announcing:
LATEST NEWS - 22 June 2021: At the Squash Wales Clubs Forum, Clubs across Wales were advised that it is hoped the Welsh Leagues would commence again in September.
LATEST NEWS - 21 July 2021: The Squash Wales Clubs Forum advised Clubs that the new League Manager would be Nick Edwards and that the new season may prove an opportunity to restructure, if required. This will be influenced by Clubs who would soon receive a Squash Wales questionnaire.
UPDATE: It was agreed that three Teams should be submitted into the North West Counties Leagues this season [to commence on 23 September] and one Team into the North East Wales League [Start date still to be advised].
LATEST NEWS - 2 September 2021: a Teams Meeting was held this evening, to help us get organised for the new season.
Pre-Season Friendly: Ahead of the new season, a home match versus Chester CO took place at the Club on Thursday, 16 September.
North Wales Leagues: Following a discussion with Squash Wales on 23 September, it's now looking unlikely that the Leagues in North Wales will commence before the new year; only a few teams have been entered and some venues have still not re-opened for play.
NWCSL LATEST NEWS - 28 October 2021: The Second Team achieved their first win of the season with a superb 5-0 victory at home against Heswall 2. Team Captain, Hannah, was overjoyed.
A Happy Team Captain
NWCSL LATEST NEWS - 24 November 2021: Playing with two reserves Dave Cadwallader and Richard Ackerley, our First Team achieved a superb home win to topple Barnton 1 and go top of the table.
Will was up for the fight ...
NWCSL LATEST NEWS - 9 December 2021: Congratulations to two young talented brothers, Will and Jamie Silvester, who played together in our First Team for the first time on 9 December; they helped achieve a solid 5-0 victory over Heswall 2.
First time together, in the First Team
NWCSL LATEST NEWS - 14 December 2021: The NW Counties League Committee POSTPONED all matches due to be played on 16th December 2021.
MID SEASON TEAMS REPORT
The NWCSL came to an abrupt end as matches to be played on 16th December were all postponed due as the high rates of COVID Omicron variant rapidly increased across the UK.
Our Juniors in 2021 ...
Happy New Year - or was it ?
We started the New Year with the grim news that all four home nations would be in a National Lockdown from 5 January.
Juniors invited to join our Lockdown Circuits
As part of our encouragement to keep active during the lockdown and be prepared for the day when we can finally get back onto court; juniors were invited to make Squash Circuits at home with Hannah part of their weekly routine.
Brothers represent Wales - virtually
Squash Wales announced that teams would compete in a unique and first ever Virtual Squash Home Internationals Fitness Competition over the weekend 5th-7th March.
Our virtual internationals - Tom & Ethan
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.
Club is OPEN again
Following Welsh Government guidance, the Squash Club was open for play on 3 May.
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.
Mini Squash at Black Lane CP School
Welsh Under 13s Squad at Club
We were pleased to host the Welsh National Under 13s Squad Training Day on 22 May.
Welsh National Under 13s Squad
Academy Squads Training at Club
The Club hosted the two Squash Wales Academy Squads (North) on 1st / 2nd June.
The Academy 1 Squad before the hard work begins
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.
July / August 2021
Junior Coaching - a short burst !
Over two evenings, 5th and 12th July, the Coaching Team hosted a short coaching opportunity for juniors.
Getting back into the swing !
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.
Enjoying being back on court!
Juniors Coaching to start
Our Juniors Coaching Programme for the new season started again on Monday, 6 September (5.30 pm) with great help from our Level 1 Coach, Cameron Dennis.
Moreton Hall School at the Club
We were 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 .
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.
Squash Wales Regional Training
All of the juniors who attend the Club's regular coaching programme were invited to attend an additional session on Saturday, 25 September. This was provided as part of the Squash Wales' Development Programme; we hoped as many as possible would be able to join us.
On their way to Uni
Huge congratulations to three of our "Juniors" on their GCSE A Level Results.
Junior Coaching on 27 September - cancelled
With regret, we had to cancel the Juniors Coaching on Monday, 27th. This was a cautious decision taken as a result of one of our juniors testing positive for COVID; we wished them a speedy recovery.
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.
Our Welsh Under 19 Champion
A set back for Tom
We were sorry to hear the news that Tom Willis had been injured playing football and suffered a broken collar bone.
The look says it ...
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) .
SW Academy Squad 1 (North)
The training starts
SW Academy Squad 2 (North)
Inter Counties weekend
We wished the best of luck to our North Wales Under 19s Team who were at Sheffield on Saturday, 13 November, taking part in the England Squash Inter Counties Competition - featuring all of the top junior players in the country.
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 , playing in Gloucester on Sunday, 14 November.
Ethan as part of the South Wales Under 13 Squad
Proudly carrying the flag ...
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.
Taster session at Brymbo Enterprise Centre
A superb weekend over 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.
Semi Finalist at Gold Event
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.
Squash Wales Regional Training Event
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 Academy Squad 1
Child Safety & Equity
The Squash Club fully supports and welcomes the work of its National Governing Body, Wales Squash & Racketball in the area of child safety and, as such, members and parents may be interested to see the WSRB Safeguarding Policy & Procedures in Squash document.
Eye Protection - our Policy
At the start of another season and a new Junior Coaching Programme, it is important for everyone to understand the Club's approach to Eye Protection - a policy which is also adopted by Wales Squash & Racketball (WSRB).
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.