London & South East July Newsletter

July 2013
Issue |  London & South East Edition

Regional Managers Headline

Without a shadow of a doubt July is a sad month in the
London and South East region as Kirstie will have left us. Kirstie has
been our Regional Administrator for approximately 3½ years and many of
you know her personally from this and from the fact that she has been
involved in Surrey squash for many years. She will be great loss to us
all but we wish her well with her travels and the new career path she
is going to follow. On the bright side, we are now being looked after
Lucy Ponting who will undoubtedly do a fantastic job of following in
Kirstie’s footsteps.

Other news in this issue includes the first collections from clubs in
London involved in the SOS Kit Aid project – these are due to be
distributed shortly to worthy squash projects around the country. We
also saw the finals of the London Youth Games and must say a big thank you
to Judy Williams for once again doing a sterling job of organising and
running this.  Finally, at the other end of the age spectrum, The
University of 3rd Age groups are upping the ante with new
racketball groups forming and a get together planned for September in
Brighton for several of these.

Paul Fennell

In this issue

• Big Hit Uni Programme

• Sussex U11 Girls Triumph

• Kit Aid

• Leaving

• London Youth Games

• Sussex Take Part Festival & Roadshow

• More news

• U3A Woodford Wells

• Tournaments and Events

National News

New Look for Big Hit Uni Programme

The 2013 University Big Hit programme has been
launched at the BUCS conference this month with a new modern and
vibrant feel. 

ESR work with University’s across the country to
give students the opportunity to get involved in squash and racketball
for the first time.  Students are offered 6-8 weeks of Big Hit
coaching, a t-shirt and bag for an affordable £15.

The programme has already attracted hundreds of new
players to take up the sports and is sure to go down well with
Fresher’s in September!

ESR’s National Lead for University’s, Angela Cwaczko
said: “It’s great to re-brand the student programme, I’m sure the offer
and the branding will go down well in the student sector.  Every
year the number of people playing squash and racketball in the university
sector increases so hopefully the new academic year will be no

you want more information on the Big Hit University programme then
please get in touch or visit

Regional News


Lucy Ponting from the South region will be taking over my role for
the time being.

Please send any enquiries to Paul Fennell or Lucy Ponting whose
details can be found at the bottom of the newsletter.

Please do not send anything to the Guildford office but send any
paperwork to Lucy at:

England Squash & Racketball

New Century House

Pembroke Road



HP20 1DB

Goodbye and thank you all again. I have loved working with you all.


Collect Unwanted Squash Kit for SOS Kit Aid

SOS Kit Aid recycles sports kit for
the benefit of disadvantaged young people. We’ve recently moved
into squash and are piloting a two year kit collection programme in
London aiming to give 3,000 children in the UK and overseas the
chance to play squash.

We currently have over 20 clubs and
schools acting as collection points in London and would love if you
joined us.

If you or your club has any unwanted
squash kit or equipment, we’ll take it off your hands. We’ll send
you a small cardboard collection bin, which our volunteers will
empty when full – so no logistics work required on your side!

What kit is needed:

· Rackets –
including junior models, no major faults, cracks or defects

· Shoes –
non-marking and reasonable condition (e.g. no holes) trainers with

· Balls –
ideally new or little used

· Shirts –
both polo and T-shirts in good condition, all sizes

· Shorts –
good condition, all sizes

· Socks –
paired up, with correct sizes together

· Goggles –
good condition not scratched

If you are
interested in getting involved, please contact Jill Kennedy or for more information please
visit our website by clicking here.

London Youth Games

The finals of the London Youth Games were held on 7th July
at Crystal Palace. There were some great matches and the results were
as follows:


1st: Sutton

2nd: Kensington & Chelsea

3rd: Barnet


1st: Croydon

2nd: Kingston

3rd: Bromley

Well done to the teams and to Pete Smith who was the team manager for
both winning teams!

Thank you to Alison Waters (World number 4, who played in the London
Youth Games as a junior) for coming to present the prizes.

If you are U17 and play squash in London (or coach U17s/or are a
parent) and would like to represent your borough next year please
contact your local borough Sports Development Officer or Paul Fennell.
If your borough does not yet have a team and you would like to start
one, even better.

Sussex Take Part Festival and Roadshow

Sussex coaches and committee members took
the ESR mascots, mini squash walls and EzeeSquash inflatable court to
Brighton’s Take Part Festival to allow lots of new players a chance to
have a go at squash.

The following week they ran a great Roadshow at Brighton Squash
Club/Withdean Stadium with High Performance Coach sessions, Play the
Pro, County Junior training, Coaching workshops and beginner Try it

Well done to all the organisers, coaches, volunteers and players who
made both days a great success.

You can see some photographs of the 2 events below and right:

Sussex U11 Girls Triumph

Sussex U11 Girls team of Torrie Malik, Florrie Edwards and Laura Page
were undefeated all day to come away as the U11 Inter-County Champions!
A fantastic result for them. The Middlesex girls did very well too,
finishing in 3rd place overall.

In the boys event, Middlesex came runners up and Sussex finished in
5th. Well done to all the players. To read more:

More News

Regional Success at National
Racketball Championships

Well done to Ian Graham
(Sussex) for winning the O60s and Ted Jeal (Kent) for coming runner up
in the Men’s Open.

World Junior Championships

Congratulations to regional players Nada Elkalaawy and Gina Kennedy who
have been selected to represent England in Poland in July. Good luck to

Volunteer of the Month

Do you know
anybody who deserves to be nominated as our regional volunteer of the
month?! Please send me their name and address and why you think they
deserve the award and they could feature in next month’s

U3A Racketball at
Woodford Wells

This group started in January 2013 with 9 players. One
keen player Judy Brown, explains: “We now have two groups up and
running weekly on Monday mornings. We get expert coaching from Carl
George who keeps us on the ball! He seems to be pleased with our
efforts, commenting, “It’s very encouraging to see our U3A group
progress rapidly knowing that many of them had never picked up a racket
in their lives
; proving that Racketball can be played and enjoyed
by all.”

We are hoping to participate in a U3A tournament taking
place in Worthing this September with the aim of having a fun day out
rather than bringing home trophies!

If anyone would like to come along to The Woodford Wells Club for a
“taster” session please contact Judy Brown: tel. 02085061474 or e-mail If there is
sufficient interest, we would like to start a third group which would
meet weekly on Friday mornings at 9.30.

If anyone else would like setting up a group elsewhere please get in
contact with Paul Fennell using the information at the bottom of the

Tournaments and

REACH OUT on World Squash Day: October 5th 2013

Coaching Courses:

Club Leaders

Junior events in

GB Sport

Squashercise Workshop for
Coaches: Tuesday 10th September 2013 10:30am – 1:30pm at Surrey Sports
Park, £25

Surbiton Summer Camps,

Kent Summer Camps,

Chichester Junior Summer Camp:

Adult Squash Camp, Charing Cross:

Monday 12th – Friday 16th August, 9am – 3pm, Members: £125, Non-members: £135

Berkhamsted Lawn Tennis and Squash Rackets
Club PSA: 3-4thAugust

St.Georges Hill
Lawn Tennis Club PSA & WSA: 19-20thOctober

Limpsfield Lawn
Tennis Club PSA & WSA: 30thNovember-1stDecember

Squash Club PSA: 6-8th December

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