ESR London & South East March 2014

March 2014 Issue |  London & South East Edition
Regional Manager UpdateThis month is all about national and regional success. England currently boasts two world champions for the first time in history with Laura Massaro’s recent victory and Nick’s back in November last year. So it remains a great period for English squash and the media coverage received has been some of most high profile and extensive for some time to celebrate this. More locally, the region retained its title in the Regional Team Championships and a massive thank you goes out to all players, parents, coaches and supporters of the teams. 



Southgate Squash Club played host to the Regional Racketball competition recently and thanks go to Vickie Prow and Lucy for their behind scenes and on the day management of the event. It was great to see so many new faces at the event with many people playing in their first tournament and it was also a first for Middlesex as the hosting county – well done to everyone on what was a good, fun day of racketball and of course to those who won their respective events.




The deaf roadshow visited East London at The Connaught Club and another two London satellite clubs are established – see below for more information.


Paul Fennell

In this issue…

  • Laura Massaro is World Champion!
  • Regional Racketball Championships
  • Regional Team Champs Winners!
  • Success at the French Junior Open
  • Easter Squash Camps
  • Squash Coach Vacancies
  • Technifibre English Junior Championships
  • Surrey Open Squash Doubles Tournament
  • Volunteer Recognition Award (VRA)
National News

Magnificent Massaro is World Champion!

Laura Massaro lived her dream as she became the first English woman to hold the British Open and World Championship titles – squash’s big two – at the same time.


Last May the 30-year-old from Lancashire was the first English winner of the Open since Lisa Opie in 1991 and in Penang she topped that by ending England’s 15-year wait for a women’s world champion with her 3/2 victory over Egyptian teenager Nour El Sherbini in a nail biting final.

“I can’t actually believe that I’m world champion,” said the world no.2. “Nour played so well and I was nervous throughout the whole match.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. It just feels amazing. The match itself was probably one of the hardest I’ve ever had to play, especially knowing that I wasn’t playing Nicol [David] and that there was an opportunity there that I didn’t want to miss.

“I never dreamed that I would be able to say that I was the British Open champion and the world champion, but now I can.”

With Nick Matthew’s triumph in the men’s World Championship last November, England can now boast both men’s and women’s world squash champions for the first time.




“For me and Nick [Matthew] to both be world champions at the same time is great,” Massaro commented. “I’m so proud of what he’s achieved as well. He’s someone I really look up to, so to emulate what he’s done by becoming world champion is very special.

“For me personally to hold the British Open and the World Open titles in the same year, it’s just dream stuff really. It’s a big team effort and I’m so grateful to everyone around me and really proud that they get to share this too.

“Hopefully this will be good for squash in England. This is all part of it – getting coverage of things like this; young kids being able to watch our matches and see us achieve things. We want to show them that they can become world champions too and that anything is possible.”

Regional News
London & SE Regional Racketball ChampionshipsOn Sunday 2nd March 2014, Southgate Squash & Racketball Club in Middlesex hosted the annual London & SE Regional Racketball Closed championships. Our special thanks go to Vickie Prow from Middlesex SRA who organised and hosted the event for us.Pictured below is Over 50 winner Mark Banfield (right) and runner-up Mike Phillips (left), pictured with Vickie Prow (centre).

Pictured above with Vickie, is A / B grade winner Billy Jones (left) with runner-up Oliver Adams (right). Below, is David Wilkinson, who won the C grade competition.
Winner of the Womens competition, Lucie Colt is pictured left with the other competitors in the Womens grade, Vickie Prow (centre) and Lynda Colt (right).You can also read the report here.
London & SE Regional Team Championships WINNERS!
Last month we reported about the Regional Team Championships, and we are delighted to announce this month that London & SE juniors were crowned the overall winners at the competition!The weekend was a real highlight to mark the hard work and commitment all juniors and coaches have put in at Regional Squads. All matches were played in good spirit. Well done to all juniors who took part and a special thanks to the Regional Coaches and parents.
Special congratulations go to the BU13 team who came 3rd, and the GU13 team who came 2nd, and also the BU15, BU17 (pictured above) and GU17 (pictured left) who all came 1st in their age categories!Final finishing positions are listed below:1st – London & SE
2nd – North East
3rd – East
4th – West Midlands
5th – North West
6th – South West
7th – South
8th – East Midlands

The Deaf Squash Roadshow visits London!
The Deaf Squash Roadshow visited Connaught Squash Club in London  this month and there are already plans to establish a regular deaf squash session there with the support of some local participants. The players are pictured above.Next month, the roadshow will be visiting Collingham and Linton Squash Club in Leeds for the final stop! Plans are already underway for the next roadshow, hoping to start in June/July this year.
For more information about the Deaf Squash Roadshow and future dates and venues click here.

Squash Player Magazine – Issue 2 out now!

Issue 2 of Squash Player is now out and includes the programme for London’s favourite squash event, the Canary Wharf Classic, with full details of the draw, the players taking part, the epic match between Nick Matthew and James Willstrop in 2010, and a look-back at 10 years of the Classic.

In addition, ESR High Performance Coach Lee Drew talks about his new part-time role as PSA Director of Referees and James Zug looks at the global growth of urban squash programmes. A full list of magazine contents can be foundhere.

Remember, if you’re an ESR member, you’re entitled to receive the three ESR issues free and can upgrade to receive all issues on the ESR website. Just make sure you activate your membership here and give us your full current address. Alternatively, you can become a member online today by clicking on our membership section.

London Awards for Sport & Physical Activity


The London Awards for Sport and Physical Activity celebrate the clubs, organisers, coaches and volunteers that contribute towards sport and physical activity in their local communities. They are the capital’s only community sport awards and offer the chance to recognise the people that make it possible for Londoners to stay active and replicate their sporting heroes.


The categories open for nomination are:


  • Outstanding Voluntary Contribution
  • Inspirational Performance of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Inclusive Champion of the Year
  • Club of the Year
  • Education Partner of the Year
  • Community Sport Project of the Year
  • Community Physical Activity Project of the Year


Nominations will run until Friday 25th April 2014. If you know a club, organisation or individual that deserves to be recognised,CLICK HERE to nominate.

New Satellite Club at Finsbury Leisure Centre

Finsbury Leisure Centre Squash Club under the guidance and leadership of coach Lester Cantem has now recognised as an official satellite club for the Friday junior sessions.Lester, supported by other coaches have gradually built the junior club from nothing over the last few months. A real partnership effort between ESR, The Squash and Racketball Foundation and Spirit of Squash has ensured that a prolific programme of school squash, community festivals and holiday camps and now an inter-school competition have all developed and supported the club.Finsbury Leisure Centre, previously managed by Aquaterra Leisure and now by GLL has been instrumental in helping things happen and also hosts the only racket specific training room and sessions in London which Lester runs.

Lester is pictured below holding the Squash Satellite Club plaque.


New Satellite Club in Wimbledon
Wimbledon Lakeside Squash Club are also new hosts to a junior Squash Satellite Club for local school students, who are pictured above.We would like to thank Stacey Ross, director of Squash at The Wimbledon Club who has worked closely with ESR and other local partners to establish the club and get so many young students playing the sport.
Coolhurst Junior Easter Squash Camp7th – 11th April 10am – 1pm
£25 per day, £95 for all 5 days14th – 17th April 10am – 1pm
£25 per day, £75 for all 4 days

For both weeks, any second children will only be £15 per day.For more information or a booking form, contact Lucy Ponting or Jago Nardelli 07882 471692. Booking is essential.
Stormont Lawn Tennis & Squash Rackets Club Junior Squash Coaching
7th, 8th, 14th, 15th April
Only £10 per day
8-16 years

Games, skills, techniques, fitness and lots of fun.

Booking is essential – please contact Vickie Prow on 07796181286. For more information about Stormont Squash Club click here.

Technifibre English Junior Championships 2014

250 of England’s brightest young talent competed to be named English Junior Champion this month with the U19 and U15 players based at Surrey Sports Park while Winchester Racquets & Fitness hosted the U17 and U13s.

Nada Elkalaawy (Surrey) took her first national title in the Girls U19’s as she defeated Lily Taylor (Leicestershire) in 3 games. Elkalaawy dominated this event winning each of her matches without dropping a game.

The Girls U17 final was a rematch of the British Championships final with Kent compatriots Georgina Kennedyand Amelia Henley. Kennedy avenged her British defeat and was victorious with a 3-0 victory.

The Boys U15 final was an all Sussex affair after the two top seeds saw off the challenges from Yorkshire in the Semi Finals. Tom Walsh (Sussex) beatNicholas Wall (Yorkshire) 3-2 in 52 minutes while Curtis Malik (Sussex) reached the final with a 3-1 victory over Elliot Ridge (Yorkshire). A comprehensive 3-0 victory for Malik saw him claim his second English title whileJasmine Hutton (Sussex) took a first national title in the Girls U15 category as she defeated Lucy Turmel (Suffolk) in a 43 minute, 3-2 thriller.

Full reports, results and photos can be found here.






Regional Success at the French Junior Open
Regional, and super-regional junior player, Jack Martell from Surrey (pictured on court below) travelled to Lille last month to compete in the U17 event at the French Junior Open.The draw was very strong and Jack was only seeded 17/32 but finished 3rd overall. Having only lost in the semi-final to the number 1 seed, Jack then went on to win the 3rd / 4th play off, and finished the highest placed British player. Along the way, Jack beat two French players, an Italian, a Swiss and an Englishman. Two of them placed at 5/8 seed. Congratulations Jack on your fantastic achievement!
Our congratulations also go to Regional and Super-Regional player Kace Bartley (pictured above) who met Elin Harlow from Wales in the final of the GU17 competition, and finished second overall.Well done to all our other juniors from the London & SE region who made the journey over to France for the tournament. For a full report, click here.
Coaching Opportunities in MiddlesexAn exciting opportunity has arisen in Middlesex Squash Association for three highly motivated, experienced, and passionate Senior Squash & Racketball Coaches.  This is for the appointment of “County Coach Mentors” to work with a specified number of Squash Clubs/Centres & Coaches in the North, Central and West Regions of the county.

Middlesex Junior & Senior SRA’s recently embarked upon a comprehensive county-wide “Club & Coach Infrastructure, Business Skill Development & Mentoring project” part funded by ESR through their Grass Roots Development Fund and require 3 County Coach Mentors to drive and direct the programme.  It is an ideal opportunity for personal development both as a coach and a mentor and to work in areas “beyond the court” helping clubs & coaches to expand and develop their businesses.

The positions are initially voluntary although as the project expands and attracts further support funding it is hoped that elements of the posts will be subsequently on-funded. You will be required to possess diplomatic, management, leadership, coaching and mentoring skills.  The position will involve meeting clubs and coaches in situ and the use of IT (i.e. Skype etc) and data collection and management analysis documents.

If this sounds exciting, in the first instance please ring Chris Vine (Middlesex’s Development Consultant) on 07768 067044 or Vickie Prow (Middlesex Junior Squash Chair) on 07796181286 for an initial chat – the post will be subject to interview.

Oakleigh Park Club Easter Junior Squash9th, 10th, 16th, 17th April
Only £5 per dayPlaces are limited and booking is essential – please contact Vickie Prow on 07796181286

Paul Carter is running the Marathon!
ESR coach Paul Carter is running the London Marathon on Sunday 13th April and raising money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). To sponsor Paul and visit his donation web page click here. For more information about Cardiac Risk in the Young,click here.
Portuguese Racketball Open 2014
Play Racketball? Fancy a trip abroad this May? The Portuguese Racketball Open is taking place on 24th May 2014 and there are cash prizes available for the winners. The closing date is 16th May, so grab your racket and pack your suitcase!Click on the poster above for more information and for online booking / registration.

Squash Coaching Vacancy


Runnymede Borough Council are looking for a squash coach to assist in the delivery of the P&G Surrey Youth Games training sessions for new starters aged 7 to 13. The training sessions are running on the days/times listed below:


Tuesday 22th April – Tuesday 17th June (8 weeks, excluding Tuesday 27 May), 5pm to 6pm at Egham Leisure Centre.

Wednesday 23th April – Wednesday 18th June (8 weeks, excluding Wednesday 28 May), 4pm to 5pm at Addlestone Leisure Centre.
If you are interested in the vacancy please

FREE Squash taster sessions at Oakleigh Park ClubStarting on Tuesday 29th April for 4 weeks, Oakleigh Park Club will be holding a number of taster squash sessions for juniors aged 10-16 years. The sessions will run from 5 – 5:45pm each week.These sessions are for new participants only and a refundable £5 deposit applies. Booking is essential, please  contact Vickie Prow on 07796181286.

The Wimbledon Club Junior Easter Squash CampThese camps are suitable for players of all abilitiesincluding players who have never played before. The cost of the camp is £34 per day. Please see poster below for more information or call 07811 465 073.
Dates for Your Diary
April 11th – 13th – British U23 Squash ChampionshipsApril 12/13th – ESR Level one coaching award. Surrey Sports park. Click here for info.April 18th – 20th – BSPA Dulwich Open (Mens). Click here for info.

April 25th – 27th – St James’ Place Surrey Junior Open. Click here for info.

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

May 10th/11th – Surrey Health & Racquets Club Junior Open.Click here

May 10/11th & June 28/29th – UKCC Level two certificate in coaching, Surrey Sports Park.Click here for info.May 12th – 18th – Allam British Open. Click here for ticketsMay 17th/18th  – Redbridge Junior Open. Click here

June 7th/8th – English U11 Championships, Nottingham.Click here to enter.

June 8th – Iprosports Tour Bexley Junior Open. Click here.

June 21st/22nd – National Racketball Championships.Click here to enter.

     Volunteer RecognitionAward (VRA)
This month’s VRA is awarded to Jason Smith, a BSL (British Sign Language) interpreter who volunteered his time to assist at the deaf squash roadshow in Hertfordshire in February and also at Connaught Squash Club this month.Jason is registered as a Trainee Sign Language Interpreter with the National Registers of Communication Professionals  working with Deaf people (NRCPD), and also holds Associate membership with the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ASLI).He is currently undertaking a NVQ6 Interpreting course to become a fully qualified Registered Sign Language Interpreter (RSLI).Please send your VRA nominations to Lucy Ponting.

London & South East Regional Manager: Paul Fennell
England Squash & Racketball, New Century House, Pembroke Road, Aylesbury, Bucks. HP20 1DB

07989 743054

London & South East Regional Administrator: Lucy Ponting
England Squash & Racketball, New Century House, Pembroke Road, Aylesbury, Bucks. HP20 1DB
01296 585877
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