London & South East January Newsletter

January 2014 Issue |  London & South East Edition

Regional Manager Update

January is always a busy month for competition and firstly I would like to congratulate all of our young players who took part in the British Junior Open. At the other end of the junior spectrum we are introducing satellite clubs across the country. Our satellite clubs are simply an extension of a community squash club which take place in a leisure centre, school, college or university site. Our focus is 14-18 year olds although clubs are open to 11-25 years and represent a less formal, less structured approach to squash – run by community squash coaches they provide an easy in and a direct link to a traditional squash club and what that offers.

Congratulations and a big thank you go to Andrew Thorpe, this month’s winner of the Volunteer Recognition Award. Andrew has been playing at Warlingham Squash Club for about 30 years and is obviously valued immensely by his colleagues there.

For all our racketball fanatics, please join us this year at the Regional Closed event being held at Southgate Squash and Racketball Club in North London – full details included in the newsletter – please help us make the event a big success by advertising at your clubs and encouraging people to enter – as usual the event is graded to allow a range of abilities to join in.

Finally, I must draw your attention to the recent announcement made by Nick Rider CEO, and I’m sure everyone will join me in wishing Nick all the best for the future and thanking him for his service to ESR over the last 11 years.

Paul Fennell

In this issue…

Squash Satellite Clubs

Regional Racketball Closed

Nick Rider to leave ESR

British Junior Open

Learning Disability Racketball

British Junior Open

Junior Inter-County Finals

Half Term Squash Camps

New Squashercise Workshops

Combined L1 & L2 Coaching Course

National News

Squash Satellite Clubs

Many young people stop playing sport when they leave school but Satellite Clubs aim to prevent this by making the transition from school to community club easier. England Squash & Racketball (ESR) are working in partnership with Sport England and County Sport Partnerships (CSP’s) to develop 50 Satellite Clubs nationally this year.

An ESR Satellite Club is an extension of an existing community Squash Club on an alternative site, for example a Leisure Centre, School, College or University, and must take place on a squash court, outside of normal school hours.

Satellite Clubs are open to students between the ages of 11 and 25, however ESR are focussing on targeting those aged 14-18.  Satellite Club sessions are open to all young people and are not specific to one place of education. They must be linked to a local ‘Hub Club’ where players can be signposted to, by the coach, if or when they are ready. This will ensure more young people are able to continue to take part in squash as they transition from school to community clubs.

A number of squash Satellite Clubs have already been established across the country, some of which are targeted specifically at certain groups such as girls only, or students with learning disabilities.

A resource pack has been produced to help squash coaches get started and funding is available to help establish new Satellite Clubs.

If you are interested in finding out more about squash Satellite Clubs, setting one up, or to find out if there is one in your area, please contact your Regional Manager, their contact information can be found at the bottom of the newsletter.

Alternatively, visit the Sport England website for more information by clicking here

Regional News

London & SE Regional Racketball Closed

This year, Southgate Squash & Racketball Club will host the London & SE Regional Racketball Closed Championships, on Sunday 2nd March 2014. More information and online booking can be found by clicking on the poster.

Entry is £15, and is open to players from the London & SE region ONLY.

The closing date is Friday 21st February 2014, after which time no further entries will be accepted. Winners will automatically be invited to the National Championships which have been provisionally set for 21st-22nd June 2014 in Birmingham.

Inter County Finals – Winners from Middlesex!

Congratulations to the Mens Over 50 team from Middlesex who triumphed at the inter county finals at Coolhurst Tennis & Squash Club this month. James Ockwell, Duleep Adhihetty, Nick Drysdale, Adrian Jaski and Alan Thomson met Avon to win 4-1. For a full report, click here.

Chief Executive Nick Rider to Leave ESR

England Squash & Racketball Chief Executive Nick Rider (pictured left) has chosen to step down from his role after 11 years.

Rider, who is leaving to pursue new professional opportunities, has led the organisation through a time of growth for the sports at both grassroots and elite level. During this time ESR has launched a number of successful participation initiatives and developed strong relationships with key partners in the market such as Local Authorities, Commercial Operators and Universities.

Professional squash, meanwhile, has flourished thanks to the achievements of English players such as World No.1 Nick Matthew and World No.2 Laura Massaro, both of whom are expected to be medal hopes for England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

ESR Operations Director Jim Lord will take on many of Rider’s responsibilities until a longer term replacement is found.

Nick Rider said: “I have decided that, after 11 years’ service with ESR, it is time for me to seek new challenges and I shall shortly be leaving the organisation. Working in sport is something I have always enjoyed hugely and it has been a privilege to work for the governing body through very exciting times.

“Seeing the excitement in the eyes of young children playing for the first time through to witnessing great international triumphs of our wonderful elite players are experiences that I won’t forget. I’m very grateful for all the support and assistance I’ve received in my time here and to share with so many of you the passion we have for what we do.”

Peter Goldson, Chairman ESR, said: “I would like to pay tribute to Nick’s longstanding commitment to England Squash & Racketball and indeed the wider sport. He joined England Squash when it was in severe financial difficulties and has been instrumental in guiding us to a much improved position.

“His courteous demeanor and easy-going nature often masked the skill with which he managed the complex and sometimes challenging issues that faced him and ESR from time to time. We wish him and his family well for the future.”

The Deaf Squash Roadshow is coming to London!

The Deaf Squash Roadshow visited Lee on the Solent Squash Club this month. Next month we will be heading to Hertfordshire Sports Village, before travelling to Connaght Squash Club in March.

Come and have a hit and meet the EDSA team, all ages and abilities welcome! Fun Squash activities and coaching is provided and is suitable for new players who have never picked up a racket before, or if you are a regular Squash player. For more information click here.

Uxbridge Squash Club start new programmes for 2014

Uxbridge Squash Club have recently set up 3 new Squash and Racketball sessions which started on Friday 10th January. ESR coach James Hyatt leads a 50+ Racketball session 11am – 12, followed by a session for the sports students at Uxbridge College and an open session for students and staff from the college and other local businesses including Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex to try Squash. We would like to thank Dave Fincham from Uxbridge Squash Club who has been key to the establishment of these sessions.

For more information about these sessions, click here.

British Junior Open

This month the British Junior Open took place in Sheffield on 2nd – 6th January. A special congratulations goes to the players from London & SE region who competed this year, mentioned below:

Margot Prow – 12th GU13

Torrie Malik – 18th GU13

Jasmine Hutton – 10th GU15

Rawan Elkalaawy – 19th GU15

Bethany Currid – 47th GU15

Georgina Kennedy – 7th GU17

Amelia Henley – 10th GU17

Kace Bartley 17th GU17

Annika Engstrom – 22nd GU17

Lucy Walsh – 44th GU17

Nada Elkalaawy – 5th GU19

Alison Thomson – 27th GU19

Perry Malik – 31st BU13

Curtis Malik – 13th BU15

Sam Exelby – 26th BU15

Oscar Khoo – 48th BU15

Ben Windle – 12th Bu17

Bradley Masters – 17th BU17

Matthew Broadberry – 19th BU17

Jack Martell – 20th BU17

Charlie Lee – 33rd BU17

FREE Surrey Sports Club Forums

Active Surrey are running 5 free information evenings for Surrey sports club volunteers, coaches and committee members, which will take place at various venues across the county.

Topics include Marketing, Customer Service, Volunteer Management and Business Planning. Last year the forums received excellent feedback from a range of different clubs based in Surrey,

For more information, a full schedule and to book, click here.

Junior Inter-county Finals

Edgbaston Priory Club hosted the U17 / U19 Junior Inter-County Finals this month on 18th – 19th January. Congratulations to Surrey BU17 team who beat Hampshire in the final, the match report is below. For more including the U13 / U15 at Surrey Sports Park, please click here.

BU17 Finals. Surrey v Hampshire. Surrey’s 5th string Aiden O’Brien started well beating Hampshire’s Will Vaughn 3-1. Surrey then took the 3rd string match 3-0 with Matthew Broadberry comfortably beating Cameron Ward 3-0. Hampshire’s first string Robbie Keefe played a controlled first two games against Ben Windle, taking them 11-3 11-5. Windle took the 3rd 11-8 but Keefe retained his composure to take the 4th 11-9 and Hampshire were still in with a shout. A superb match then unfolded between Surrey’s Jonathan Camfield and Hampshire’s Adam Corcoran. Close all the way through the 1st game until 10-10 when Corcoran took 2 straight points to win it 12-10. Camfield played some well and was rewarded with the 2nd. The 3rd went Corcoran’s way quite comfortably but the 4th swung back Surrey’s way as Camfield came through 11-6. Corcoran was ahead throughout the 5th however and he took it 11-6 to win 3-2. The 2nd string match was 77 minutes of scintillating squash with guile, strength, technique and sportsmanship shown by both players, who are two of England’s hottest young prospects; Charlie Lee of Surrey and Kyle Finch from Hampshire. Finch took the first 11-6 playing controlled squash. Lee won the 2nd 11-6. The third was close 4-4, 8-8, 10-10 before Finch came through 12-10 to go 2-1 up. Finch went 6-3 up in the 4th, before Lee clawed back to 8-8 and took it 11-9. So 2-2 in the tie and 2-2 in the match, it was all on the next game. 3-1 to Finch, 5-3 to Lee, and then an exchange of points before Lee sealed it 11-7 to make Surrey the Champions this season Surrey 3 Hampshire 2

Racketball in Harrow

Harrow Squash Club have recently set up a new Racketball session which takes place every Sunday 11:20am – 12noon. The sessions are led by Harrow Squash Club member and ESR coach Patricia O’Keeffe and are open to any age or ability. Your first session is FREE and subsequent sessions cost £5. Come along this Sunday and have a go!

To find out more about the sessions at Harrow Squash Club, visit their website by clicking here, or click here to visit the Big Hit website.

Dunnings Squash & Racketball Club Junior Open

Details can be found below about the DSRC Junior Open on 22nd – 23rd February 2014. For an entry form and more information please click here. Alternatively, contact Simon Currid on 01342 321210 or  07876 147442. The closing date is Mon 10th Feb.

Learning Disability Racketball takes off in London

This month, two new squash sessions aimed at people with learning disabilities started in London at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, and Harrow Leisure Centre.

ESR have been working closely with Mencap to establish these clubs, and provided a Learning Disability workshop in December to up-skill a number of ESR coaches to deliver programmes tailored to meet the needs of these players.

The sessions now run at the following times:

Harrow Leisure Centre

Tuesdays, 10 – 11am

Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre

Thursdays, 2-3pm

If you are interested, or know anyone who might be, please contact Lucy Ponting using the information at the bottom of the newsletter, or just turn up to one of the sessions and meet the coaches!

Join the Squashercise Craze! Workshops in Sussex & Hammersmith

The University of Sussex will host another 3 hour Squashercise workshop on Thursday 30th January, aimed at Squash or Racketball coaches and qualified fitness instructors wanted to deliver Squashercise sessions. If you are interested, please click here to see if places are still available and book online.

Hammersmith Fitness & Squash Centre will also be hosting a workshop on Friday 28th February 10am – 1pm. Click here to book your place (spaces are limited).

More and more Squash & Racketball coaches are being upskilled to deliver Squashercise each month. For more information click on the logo above.

Harrow Leisure Centre Squash Open Day

On Saturday 11th January, Harrow Leisure Centre hosted an open day for local residents to come and see what they had to offer. Squash, Racketball and Squashercise were all available for people to try free of charge. Some photos from Squashercise sessions are pictured below. Harrow Squash Club who are based at the centre were very pleased with how well the day went and look forward to welcoming some new members.

To find out more about Squash opportunities in Harrow, visit the Big Hit website by clicking here.

Combined L1 & L2 Certificate in Coaching Squash & Racketball

This is a unique opportunity as candidates wishing to train as a squash coach are usually required to take their Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications separately.

Players who meet the following criteria are eligible to attend a combined ESR Level 1 & UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Squash & Racketball qualification. Players must be either:

1) An ESR funded player aged 17 plus

2) A BSPA member with a past or present PSA or WISPA ranking within the top 150 (men) and 80 (women)

3) A proven track record at Senior County Level and a commitment to a club to actively coach once qualified.

For more information about this course, and to book online please click here.

London & SE Regional Junior Training

This month was the final of 3 Regional Junior Squad training sessions with regional coach, Phil Rushworth ad his assistant coaches. Selected players from each age category (U11, U13, U15 and U17) have been invited for the past 3 months to Surrey Sports Park to complete fitness and skills tests. The tests, or challenges were produced by the ESR Coaching & Performance department and have proven very popular and useful with both parents and players.

Some players will now be travelling up to Birmingham in February for the Regional Team Championships where they will compete against players from the other 7 regions. Good luck to all junior players representing the London & SE region!

Some of the U11/U13 girls are pictured above (top) and the GU15/17 (bottom) training hard at Surrey Sports Park this month.

Ski & Squash Poland

Packages for February/March include 2 nights accommodation at Squash club in Krakow, 3 nights stay in Zakopane, entry to squash tournament, 1 day sightseeing in Krakow, 2 day ski hire and pass, slope transfers, ski instruction, traditional Highlander Dinner and transfer from Krakow to Zakopane and back to airport.

Prices range from £216 – £305 (flights not included) depending on your choice of hotel and requirements. You have the option of staying in a 3 star hotel including breakfast every day, spa, sauna, jacuzzi and indoor pool, for £240 per person based on 2 people sharing.

For more information, contact info@RakaTravel.com. Bookings must be completed by 30th January!

Dates for Your Diary

Feb 2nd – Deaf Squash Roadshow, Herts Sports Village

Feb 10th – 16th 2014 – National Squash Champs, Manchester

Feb 15/16th 2014 – ESR Level one coaching award, Rodmersham Squash & Fitness Club. Click here for info.

Feb 17th-19th – Half Term Squash Camps at Walthamstow Sports Club.

Feb 22nd/23rd – DSRC Junior Open. Click here for entry form.

February 25/26th – Junior Regional Team Championships, Birmingham

March 7th-9th & 24th/25th May – Combined L1 & L2 Certificate in Coaching Squash & Racketball. Potters Bar. Click here to book.

March 8th/9th – London & SE Regional Racketball Closed, Southgate Squash & Racketball Club. Enter here.

March 9th – Deaf Squash Roadshow, Connaught Squash Club

March 22nd/23rd & May 17/18th 2014 – UKCC Level two certificate in coaching, Rodmersham Squash & Fitness Club. Click here for info.

April 12/13th 2014 – ESR Level one coaching award. Surrey Sports park. Click here for info.

May 10/11th 2014 – ESR Level one coaching award, Roehampton Squash Club. Click here for info.

May 10/11th & June 28/29th 2014 – UKCC Level two certificate in coaching, Surrey Sports Park. Click here for info.

     Volunteer Recognition Award (VRA)

This month’s VRA goes to Andrew Thorpe from Surrey.

Andy started playing squash at Warlingham Squash and Racketball Club in the eighties and in 1996 he took over the job of Honorary Treasurer.  For the last 18 years Andy has every week collected the money from the lights token machine, every month produced the accounts for the committee and every year drawn up the club’s Financial Statement.  He makes all the payments and collects all the subscriptions.  He is always available to organise and help with maintenance and repairs in the club.

One of Andy’s fellow club members explained ‘Every club needs a volunteer like Andy and we are lucky to have him’.

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