Junior End of Season News
We are coming to the end of another super season of junior squash in Gloucestershire.
I am dropping this note to share some of the success but also to let you know about a couple of events remaining for this season as well as an early warning for events next season!
Thanks to all the parents, coaches and as ever a huge thanks to the team of willing volunteers on the committee who tirelessly organise many of these events. You have huge hearts, determination and passion and we could not do this without you.
The intercountry teams had much success this year in the inter county competition: we actually had 5 teams that were successful in the first round, but unfortunately as the finals were in half term we could only field three teams. However, I am really pleased to say that the U15 girls team were successful in getting through to the main finals, and the Boys U11 and Boys U19 teams competed in the trophy finals. All teams played fantastically and it was great to hear the support that they showed each other throughout the week end. So well done to all those involved! I am also glad to say that next year the finals are not in half term!
Whilst I don’t normally single out individuals I thought it only right to give a “big shout out” to Harry Bloomfield who represented England in the U13 team in the recent Five Nations event. Well done to Harry for his first cap and also to the whole team who retained the Cup!
Frantic Squash and Presentation Evening
We will be holding an end of year and frantic squash event on 1 June starting at 5pm. As ever, the frantic squash is OPEN to all. Please do share with anyone who can play full court squash: we definitely welcome mums, dads, league players, coaches as well as the juniors.
As you all know frantic squash is fun if we have good participation: so please do support the event.
We will hold the presentation evening directly after frantic squash (and of course there will be some food to keep little people going) as well as the bar being open for the big people!
Doubles and County Closed
Two dates to be aware of for junior county events next season:
Pot Luck Doubles - Sunday 1 September
This will be a new event open to all juniors who can play full court and you will enter as an individual. We will do the pairing to even out teams so for example if you are an Under 11 player you will most likely be paired with an Under 19 player. So it is REALLY important that players and parents understand this and know their little ones are confident enough to be on court with Under 19’s and having the ball and people whizz past them! Having said all that we will reserve the option to do a mini doubles draw so if we feel that players are not suitable for the main draw we will do a secondary event to encourage doubles play in the younger age groups. This is a fun event too.. so please do support!
County Closed - 28/29 September
Open to all age groups. We will use this as the main selection criteria for intercounty teams in the coming season.
Heads up for new dates for next year. Provisionally these are:
Round 1: 19 and 20 October
Round 2: 14 and 15 December
Finals weekend: 11 and 12 January
Just a reminder that there are 2 very local tournaments coming up. Both are bronze standard so would be suitable for any of the squad players (both development and main squad) If you are interested please do enter via the England Squash website:
- Wycliffe: 11 May
- East Glos: 20-21 July
There is an opportunity for juniors to “hit with a pro” at the Doubles Tournament that Tom Ford is running on 7 and 8 June at East Glos. If you are interested, places do have to be booked directly with Tom.
Finally good luck to all those players from Old Pats, Wycliffe College and Cheltenham Ladies' College playing in the club competition on 12 May. Look forward to catching up and seeing some great team squash!