2022 - the Club's 15th Anniversary

 

This year, things gradually started to return to normal; we gained a few more members, picked up our juniors coaching programme and started a weekly Squash Wales Academy Squad at the Club; we also began to make some important changes in and around the Club.

 

Club's 2022 AGM

 

Our AGM as held on 26 May. Up for consideration was the latest position on our Third Court aspiration, we looked at the continued impact of the COVID pandemic, the level of subscriptions and light card fees for the following 12 months, as well as the election of officers for 2022-23.

For both the annual subscriptions and light card fees, they remained unchanged.

 

Note of 2022 AGM

 

Members Subscriptions for 2022-23 due from 1st June.

The followed rates were agreed:-

For Renewals:

* Seniors - 80.
* Juniors / Students - 30
* Family - 100.


For New Members:

* Seniors - 90.
* Juniors / Students - 40
* Family - 110.


Light Cards would remain at 3-00 per 45 minute session.

 

 

Some highlights from 2022 ...

 

Third Court

 

The AGM gave careful consideration to the matter of a Third Court at the Club; this had been an aspiration for many years, with managed savings accrued.

We lost around half of our membership and our court bookings greatly declined following the pandemic; this, together with a steep rise in the cost of building materials, not to mention the financial costs already incured, plus the time and energy spent by some Committee members, the time had come to make a firm decision.

On all counts, the AGM agreed that any current planning and investigation works towards a Third Court be suspended, indefinitely.

 

2021 Club Championships

 

Late into the year, our 2021 Club Championships took place on 11 December with the Main Final played between defending Champion, Jonathan Davies and Tim Arthur.

A superb Championship Final produced a very strong performance from Tim who took the match by 3-0 (11-7, 11-9, 11-8).

 

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

 

FAST & FURIOUS start to 2022 !

 

We welcomed in the New Year with a successful 2022 Fast & Furious Fun Competition on 8 January.

We had three Pool winners:
Pool 1 - Jonathan Davies.
Pool 2 - Darren Lee
Pool 3 - Hannah Davies
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2022 Fast & Furious Winners all

 

2022 Fast & Furious - our Organiser

 

We are a voluntary Club

 

As a voluntary Squash Club, it's important that much of the work around the Club is undertaken by our members / volunteers and, in February, we had two special helpers to sweep our courts !.

 

Some special self-help at the Club.

 

2022 British Open Champions

 

At the Hull Allam Sports Centre, between 28 March and 3 April, the 2022 Allam British Open Squash Championships prestigious Ladies and Mens event were won by Hania El Hammamy [Egypt] and Paul Coll [New Zealand].

 

2022 British Open Champions

 

2022 World Squash Doubles Championships

 

The 2022 World Doubles Championships were held in early April [Glasgow] and featured womens doubles, mens doubles and mixed doubles with players from across the world competing - a total of 15 nations, including Wales.

Representing Wales were our Club members, Tesni and Emyr Evans, together with Joel Makin, Emily Whitlock, Peter Creed, Elliot Morris and Owain Taylor.

 

Tesni & Joel representing Wales

 

Congratulations to our Welsh Teams

 

At the end of April, a Mens and Ladies Team represented Wales at the ESF European Team Division 1 & 2 Squash Championships 2022 in Eindhoven.

The Ladies Team finished in Second Place and the Men's Team in Fifth Place (both Division 1).

The players representing Wales were Tesni Evans, Emily Whitlock, Stacey Gooding and Lowri Roberts; for the Men's Team - Joel Makin, Emyr Evans, Peter Creed and Elliot Morris.

 

A celebration of Twenty Years !

 

In April we celebrated 20 Years since Wrexham Squash became formalised.

Fundamental to this had been two coaches Mark Davies and Jim Tunley; both have played a crucial part in the development and transition of Wrexham Squash through to establishing the Wrexham Brymbo Squash Club in 2007.

Check out our History Page for the full story on how the sport of squash in Wrexham has continued to change and develop.

 

Hannah at the double

 

To cap off a successful season, Second Team Captain, Hannah Davies, won two events at the 2022 North West of England Racketball Open , held at Liverpool Cricket Club on 8 May.

Hannah is a Double Champion following her win in the Women's A Event and then again winning the B Grade Open (Men and Women) - congratulations.

 

Hannah is a double Champion

 

It's another double for Hannah

 

She's done it again - Hannah Davies, has again won two events over the weekend 14-15 May, this time it's the 2022 Heswall Racketball Open Championship as well as the Heswall Women's Open Squash Championship.

Huge congratulations to Hannah for a superb finish to her season.

 

Hannah is another double Champion

 

The Class of 2022

 

With encouragement from the Club, six of our members completed their Squash Wales Level 1 Coaching Award in June, under the tutorship of Dave Evans, Squash Wales Performance Director.
Now their coaching journey can begin !

 

The Class of 2022

 

Racketball Taster success

 

On 1st July, we held a successful Racketball Taster session at the Club with members and seven non-members having a great evening trying racketball for the first time.

With some expert tuition from Darren Lee and Jon Davies, a competative environment soon emerged. An enjoyable and fun evening concluded in the Bar with pizza and a drink.

 

Our Racketball Taster Evening

 

2022 Volunteer of the Year Award

 

Congratulations to our Club Secretary, Jim Tunley, on his award of Squash Wales 2022 Volunteer of the Year.

The award was announced on 2nd July in Cardiff, as part of the Squash Wales annual event to celebrate a number of exceptional members of the squash community across Wales.

 

Some big changes at the Club ...

 

During July / August we started some maintenance and aesthetic changes around the Squash Club.

During this off-season, work continued to upgrade many aspects of the Club and it had also been our intention that essential maintenance to both courts would have been completed ahead of the season starting in September (in the event our contractor could not meet this deadline).

 

Work in progress ...

 

Work commenced towards the end of July to refresh and upgrade the Squash Club started in July with thanks to our contractors and all of those volunteers who stayed behind after their game to assist with the scaffold.

 

Cupboards improving !

 

New lights for old

 

Every little helps !

 

Team work

 

King of the Castle ...

 

Looks all fine, says Kev

 

Some final adjustments

 

The painting has started

 

2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games

 

There was a Welsh Squash Team at The Commonwealth Games - from 28 July to 8 August, where Joel Makin won Silver in the Men's Singles event.

 

Monthly Internal Leagues - changed

 

Our Monthly Internal Leagues changed during August with new League Rules (see below).

 

Rules for the Monthly Leagues

 

Kilimanjaro challenge for Club members

 

Congratulations to two of our members, Sian Hughes and Helen Massey on taking on Mount Kilimanjaro in September.

Sian and Helen climbed and reached Uhuru Peak at 5,895 meters. They undertook the brilliant challenge to raise funds for the Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham. It was a 7 day trek and only 18 of the 21 size group made it to the Uhuru Peak (Sian was pleased to say that she's the eldest); Helen and Sian fared better than some of the team, who became quite nauseous and had to be given oxygen - playing squash over the years certainly helped with the fitness required.
Their Summit Day started 12am and it took some 8 hours 30 minutes to reach the top, where temp was -16 degrees.

 

Please support the Kili Challenge

 

Kili conquered

 

Nearly there ...

 

How it started & how it's going now!

 

Over the past twenty years, the Club (and previously Wrexham Squash) has nurtured and developed the talents of many local juniors; some have gone on to achieve higher things and here we feature Hannah Davies.

Click on the link below to see how it started.

 

How it started ... Hannah

 

Masters Regional Event at Club

 

On behalf of Squash Wales, the Squash Club had agreed to host a Squash Wales Regional Masters Event on 21 - 23 October and encouraged all our members to give it their support.

The event was part of the Squash Wales Masters Circuit 2022-23 and split the competition into different age categories. On 14 October, however, Squash Wales took the decision to postpone this event due to a lack of entries; they were to try again next year!

 

Court booking times aligned

 

With effect from 11 October the Club's court booking times were aligned back to the pre-pandemic arrangements; having been altered to assist social distancing protocols.

 

New signage at the Club

 

As part of our general uplift of the Club and its facilities, to assist our visiting Club Teams, new members and guests, new signage to the Squash Club was installed on 19 October.

Big thanks to Hannah Davies for organising this work.

 

You can't miss us now !

 

Turn right and it's just down the hill !

 

Entrance upgraded

 

Thanks to our Teams sponsor

 

The importance of sponsorship, acknowledged

 

Go play your best ...

 

A fresh new look

 

The decoration of the lobby and balcony areas was completed during November and gave the Club a much fresher feel; new flooring would be laid in December.

 

Decoration complete

 

Fast & Furious 2022

 

This year's Fast & Furious Christmas Competition took place on 3 December.

It was Christmas event with a good day of friendly play and banter; and great to see some of our junior players also taking part.

 

Just six weeks to go !

 

The F&F crew

 

Our Fast & Furious Winners

 

Uplift continues

 

The Club's desire to improve the facility took a further step on 14 December with new flooring laid across the public areas. Some finishing off was still required - new skirting to be fitted and painted.

In the New Year, attention will be back to some essential court maintenance, as well as improving the toilet and shower areas of the Club.

 

New flooring is laid

 

The balcony

 

Entrance

 

Our youngest member !

 

We sent huge congratulations to Lewis and Ella Jones on the birth of Harrison, on 18 Deceember.

 

Welcome Harrison

 

Another youngest member !

 

Again, we sent big congratulations go to Hannah and Tom on the birth of Harper Jessica, who arrived at 1.42 am on 1st January 2023.

 

Welcome Harper

 

 

Our Teams in 2022 ...

 

2021 - 2022 Season

 

REMINDER - all Teams players should be members of our National Governing Body, Squash Wales: the new subscription year starts on 1 April 2022.

 

NWCSL LATEST NEWS - December 2021: Congratulations to Wrexham Brymbo First Team, on achieving the NWCSL November Team of the Month in Division 2 West.

 

NWCSL LATEST NEWS - January 2022: League Restart is postponed - In the face of a rapid increase in transmission of the COVID-19 Omicron variant across the UK, the NWCSL announce they are to postpone the restart of the season, until at least the week beginning 24 January.

 

NWCSL LATEST NEWS - 10 January 2022 - Following a Government review and plan to ease some restrictions, NWCSL agreed to restart the Leagues on Thursday, 27th January.

It will re-start with the matches postponed on the 16th December, moving forward on the remaining fixtures.

Some teams were still be affected by COVID infections and so postponements were allowed with permission from the League beforehand.

Clubs had their own rules / protocols around teams playing, but the NWCSL Committee strongly recommend:
* Players take lateral flow tests at least a day before each match;
* Wear facial covering when not on court;
* Keep social distance when not on court.

This is how things looked in January 2022 and, in future, the NWCSL confirmed they will follow any Government advice on reinstatement of restrictions, should cases start to impact heavily again.

 

NWCSL LATEST NEWS - 15 March 2022: Future direction of the League - Today the NWCSL Committee released a questionnaire to all players in the NWCSL, seeking opinion on the general direction for the League, going forward..

As it may affect some members, all of our Thursday Team players were asked to consider responding to this.

 

NE Wales LATEST NEWS - 15 February 2022 - the season finally gets underway but with a single league and a reduced number of five Teams only involved.

 

North Wales League - Fixtures 2021-22 Season: The new season commenced on 15 February; click on the link below to view our fixtures.

 

North Wales League Fixtures

 

NWCSL LATEST NEWS - May 2022: CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TEAMS - The 2021-22 Season has possibly been our most successful to date - our First Team won Division 2 SW, our Second Team finished in second place and, to cap it off, our Third Team finished ninth in Division 3 SW.

 

Our successful Second Team

 

OUR FIRST TEAM COME CLOSE AT DIVISION FINALS - Our First Team completed their 2021-22 Season as Runners-up in the NWCSL Divisional Finals on 28 May, playing Northern 2 but losing the match 2-3.

Well done to all the players on a brilliant season.

 

Our successful First Team

 

FIRST TEAM TO TAKE PROMOTION INTO DIVISION ONE - As a result of an amazing season, finishing their North West Counties League in the top spot, it has been agreed our First Team should take the promotion in 2022-23.

The Club has rejected this opportunity on three previous occasions but, from September 2022, there will be top class squash at our Club throughout the season.

 

2022 - 2023 Season

 

Teams Sponsorship

 

We were fortunate to have much needed sponsorship of our Teams from The Educate Group.

It was particularly welcome in the 2022-23 Season, our first ever in the top Division of the North West Counties League.

 

New Season, some new players

 

In September, a new season and a new chapter began with our First Team playing Division One in the North West Counties .

To help give it our best shot, we've recruited two new players, Welsh Internationals - Owain Taylor and Rhys Evans - members had an opportunity to meet them both and see them on court at an informal evening session at the Club on 1st September.

 

New season warm-up

 

Looking forward to a new season in the North West Counties Leagues, a Club Night on 1 September welcomed Owain Taylor and Rhys Evans to the Club, with some of their new team mates in 2022-23.

The succesful evening culminated with our two new Welsh International players, battling through to a five set match, which Owain won.

 

Welcome to Owain and Rhys

 

Meeting Owain and Rhys

 

End of a tough match ...

 

To keep abreast of how the Club's Teams get on in their matches this season, go to our Teams Page.

 

Club's First Division venture begins

 

The Squash Club's first ever match in the highest League began on 27 September when we welcomed Wigan Sports First Team to Brymbo.

For details of this exciting and hard fought match, visit the Teams Page.

 

NWCSL TO START ON 22 SEPTEMBER - the 2022-23 Season will start on 22 September with our Second Team travelling to play Neston 1; the Club's other Teams start their campaigns the following week, on 27 September.

 

NWCSL Fixtures: 2022-23

 

Isn't it good to eat together after a match !!

 

NEW SEASON, NEW SPONSOR, NEW SHIRTS ! - at the start of the 2022-23 Season we were grateful to our new Teams sponsor, the Educate Group who are a Wrexham based company.

As part of their generous offer, the Club is pleased to show off our new shirts and these will soon be available to any members who would like one.

 

Our new Club shirt

 

A NEW CHAPTER BEGINS - our first ever match in the highest League, Division 1 of NWCSL, took place at home to Wigan Sports 1 on 27 September with a packed gallery cheering on our First Team players.

With brilliant wins from Tim Arthur (3-0) and Rhys Evans (3-0), the match stood at 2-2; young Josh Davies (passed his driving test that morning) went all the way with Wigan's experienced, Ryan Atherton, who eventually came through 11-6 (2-3) to win the match for Wigan.

In the other two matches, Steve Jenks (1-3), while at Number 1, Owain Taylor lost out to England International, Patrick Rooney (0-3). An excellent evening all round.

 

Our first win in Division 1

 

A winning pair

 

Match score card

 

4 October - OUR FIRST WIN - Congratulations to all of our First Team players as they beat Alderley Edge 3-2 this evening.

It was our first ever Division 1 win and the match results shows what a fantastic team performance it was. With brilliant wins from Owain Taylor (3-0), Josh Davies (3-0) and Tim Arthur (3-0) but superb effort in the other matches, Ryan Lewis (2-3) and Steve Jenks (2-3). Well done Team, an excellent evening.

 

STRONG START FOR THIRDS - played two, won two, was the excellent start to a new Season for our Third Team in Division 3 SW, led by our young Team Captain, Jamie Silvester.

 

Our Third Team

 

We wish him well ... - the Third Team had a convincing 5-0 win against Winsford 1 at the Club on 13 October, but best wishes for a speedy recovery to Winsford player Andrew Morley who fell during his match with Alasdair Blundell to dislocate a shoulder.

 

It's got to be done !

 

It was a great night, despite the result ! - Our First Team hosted top of the table Warrington 1 on 22 November, with a packed gallery and some top, top squash.

We lost a hard fought match 5-0 but, possibly hero of the night was WBSC Number 1, Rhys Evans.

In an amazing match of high quality and superb fitness, Rhys took his match with Adrian Waller (Highest World Ranking 17) to four games.
Great to see plenty of support for the Team.

 

Josh plays at Two

 

Rhys at One

 

Mid Season Review - December 2022

 

It had been a superb first half, with thanks to The Educate Group for their sponsorship, to all of our players who have fought so hard, and also to those members who came along to support the Teams.

Below are the Team's standings at December:

 

NWCSL Firsts

 

NWCSL Seconds

 

NWCSL Thirds

 

NEW Firsts

 

 

Our Juniors in 2022 ...

 

January 2022

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 welcomed Seren to the Club; a star for the future!

 

Our youngest member

 

2022 Welsh National Junior Closed Championships

 

Some of young players tooking part in the 2022 Karakal Welsh National Junior Closed Championships: strong>Ethan Willis
Tom Willis
Josh Davies
and Jamie Silvester.

All four players had their first matches in Cardiff at the Sport Wales National Centre on 22 January.

 

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

 

Welsh Under 13s Runner-Up

 

Tez & Emyr meet Moreton Hall !

 

While training at the Club on 12 January, the girls from Moreton Hall School were pleased to meet 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 ...

 

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.

Congratulations to:

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 and experiences from a weekend to remember.

 

Ethan is ready for Finals

 

South Wales U13s Team

 

Rhys gives respect !

 

That winning feeling from Josh

 

The Under 19s Team

 

February 2022

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

 

Academy Squads training at the Club

 

On 22 and 23 February, the Club hosted 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 !

 

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.

 

March 2022

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.

 

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

 

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

 

Talent search at local School

 

On 11 March we started our latest search for local talent, with the young pupils 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 were be about learning new skills, using our Mini Squash equipment at School, but then the young people attended the Club, over two weeks, for play on court.

Thanks to Coaches Mark, Alasdair and Jim who gave their time.

 

It's important to warm up

 

Eyes on the ball

 

Our Penygelli all stars !

 

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 was a fantastic opportunity for Josh and the other Welsh players, mixing with the very top young players in Europe.

 

April 2022

Years 5/6 get on court

 

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

Following two sessions of Mini Squash at the School, they were really keen to get 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

 

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

 

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 !

 

May 2022

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.

 

Introducing Lowri

 

TWe 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; another star for the future !

 

That smile says it all ...

 

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 !

 

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.

 

UPDATE: Against some tough opponents, Ethan won three of his five matches to finish in fifth place overall - an excellent weekend that showed great improvement; well done Ethan.

 

Ready for action

 

June 2022

Academy Squad at Club

 

On 2 June the North Wales Academy Squad had a full day Training Session with Coaches Greg Tippings and Mark Davies; this involved four of our juniors.

 

North Wales Academy Squad

 

Boys get a Masterclass

 

Tom and Ethan Willis were in the right place at the right time on 13 June for a Masterclass from two former Club Champions, Darren Lee and Jonathan Davies

Having completed their regular Monday evening training, the boys went on court for a pressure session and still came out smiling.

 

Masterclass with two former Club Champions

 

July 2022

Summer holidays coaching

 

Our regular Monday Junior Coaching continued until 18 July - when all local schools finished for the Summer.

Dependant on coaching availability, the intention was to put together some daytime sessions during the holiday period; we wished all players a great summer break and we hoped to see them back on court again in September.

 

August 2022

Summer sessions at the Club

 

In a bid to help keep our juniors active and engaged, during August, our Coaching Team held some Summer Coaching Sessions, with responses from the players and parents that was very encouraging.

 

September 2022

A new season of Junior Coaching

 

The Club's first Junior Coaching session of a new season took place on 5 September and all of those attending worked really well.

 

Academy Groups are doing the work ...

 

The new Squash Wales Junior Academy North was starting to get into a good momentum with Coach, Mike Harris, taking on players' physical and fitness activity, as well as the technical aspects of the game.

 

Academy North Group 2 players

 

2022 Welsh Junior Open

 

The 2022 Karakal Welsh Junior Open take place in Cardiff from 9 to 11 Sepember and we wish all of those members who are due to take part, our very best wishes - Will & Jamie Silvester and Ethan Willis.

UPDATE:In the Boys Under 15s, Ethan finished in 13th place;
In the Boys Under 17s, Jamie came 10th;
In the Boys Under 19s, Will finished in 4th place.
(This U19 age category was won by our new First Team player, Rhys Evans).

 

2022 Welsh Junior Open - Ethan Willis

 

Two out "on loan"

 

It was great to see Tattenhall Squash Club putting out a Team of junior players, all under 17, in the NWCSL this month, with the help of Tom & Ethan Willis, who were "on loan" from Wrexham Brymbo; a great experience for the boys and well done to Dave Whitehead for organising it.

 

Tom & Ethan out "on loan"

 

Welcome to our newest Junior

 

We welcomed one of our juniors into the Club, Anna, who has joined with her Dad, Darren.

Anna attends the Club's regular Monday coaching programme each Monday, as well as the new Squash Wales Academy North initiative.

 

Welcome to Anna

 

Paying respect ...

 

The Club's Junior Coaching programme on 19 September has been cancelled as a mark of respect on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II State Funeral.

The day will be a national bank holiday across the United Kingdom, intended to allow individuals, businesses and other organisations to pay their respects to Her Majesty and commemorate Her reign, while marking the final day of the period of national mourning.

Juniors will be welcomed back on Monday, 26 September at the usual times.

 

Squash Wales Academy at Wrexham

 

On 20 September, the Club was pleased to host the first Squash Wales Junior Academy for invited juniors across the region.

Operating initially on a trial basis, this initiative is looking to develop young talent in North Wales and compliment the coaching taking place within the Club(s). Five juniors from WBSC were involved.

 

Squash Wales Academy North players

 

October 2022

Academy players making good progress

 

A few weeks after the two Academy Groups that came together at the Club on 20 September, they are now starting to really get into their programme of squash techniques and fitness with Coach, Mike Harris, on behalf of Squash Wales.

 

Academy Group 1

 

Academy Group 2

 

Our boys are off to Hull

 

Best wishes and good luck went to Will and Jamie Silvester when they competed at the England Squash Silver Event in Hull, over the weekend 15-16 October.

Jamie was part in the Boys Under 17s competition, while Will was in the draw for the Boys Under 19s.

 

Academy players meet Welsh Champion

 

On 18 October, some of our Academy players met Rhys Evans, the current Under 19s Welsh Open Champion.

Rhys is also a member of the Club's First Team, who this season are playing in the elite North West Counties Squash League, First Division.

 

Academy Group with Rhys

 

Rhys is one of the best in Britain

 

Congratulations to our First Team player, Rhys Evans on making it through to the Semi Finals stage of the Under 19s Event, and finishing in Third Place, at the 2022 British Junior Championships in Sheffield, over the weekend 27 - 30 October.

 

The BJC top three - Under 19s

 

Jamie steps up !

 

Congratulations to our new Third Team Captain, Jamie Silvester; he's enjoying his new responsibilities, especially delegating the end of evening dish washing duties !
See Teams Page for Team photo and results.

 

November 2022

Academy Training Day

 

To help maintain their technical skills development and fitness, the Squash Wales North Academy Squad held a Training Day over Half Term, at the Squash Club on 3 November; the day was run by Squash Wales Coach, Mike Harris together with one of our Club Coaches, Mark Davies.

 

Academy Squad - the warm up

 

Academy Squad - what we're going to do

 

Academy Squad - how we'll do it

 

Wrexham Schools Programme at Club

 

Following on from a Mini Squash visit to the School in October, we were pleased to host a session at the Club for Minera VA Primary School pupils on 7 November.

Our thanks to Teacher, Adam Barnes as well as Club Coaches Mark Davies and Jim Tunley for organising the event.

 

Pupils from Minera Primary School

 

Warm-up is important

 

Start with the basics

 

Tom and Ethan represent the North

 

Congratulations to Tom & Ethan Willis who represented the Club and North Wales in the Squash Wales Regional Team at the Inter Counties matches on 12 November in Cheltenham.

Tom was part of the Wales Under 17s B Team, while Ethan represented Wales in the Under 15s A Team. Another superb experience for them both.

 

December 2022

Pontefract Gold for Will & Jamie

 

Over the weekend 9 - 11 December to Will & Jamie Silvester travelled to Yorkshire for the England Squash Pontefract Gold Event, with some of the best junior players in the country.

Jamie plays in the Boys Under 17s, while Will joined Rhys Evans (No.1 seed) in the Boys Under 19s Event.

 

Final training session of 2022

 

Members of the Squash Wales Academy North had their final training day of the year at the Club on 27 December.

Our local players Anna, Tom, Ethan, Will and Jamie were all involved in the Group, with the Coaches Greg Tippings and Mark Davies.

 

Academy Training Day

 

Taking instruction

 

Stars for the future ?

 

 

Safeguarding ...

 

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.

"Child Safety - Our Priority"

 

Eye Protection - our Policy

 

For all Juniors and their parents / guardians, it is important that everyone to understands the Club's approach to Eye Protection - a policy which is also adopted by Squash Wales.

To view our policy click on the link below.

 

Eye Protection - the Policy

 

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.
Please contact either Jim Tunley or Mark Davies to learn more.

 

 

 

 

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