Eastern Region Newsletter Feb 2013



February 2013 |  East Edition


Dear all,

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the sudden and tragic passing of Harry Faulkner earlier this month.
Harry was very well known around the region, having represented various club teams, Hertfordshire County and the East Region throughout his career.
He was a very popular young man and will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Our thoughts are with Harry’s family and close friends.

Mark Williams


In this issue

• Pop Up Squash
• British Nationals
• Essex Racketball Closed
• British U23s
• British Open Pre-Qualifiers





National News


Big Hit Pop Up Squash

BRITAIN’S FIRST POP-UP SQUASH SHOP, has opened in Manchester’s Corn Exchange, making use of redundant retail space to create a temporary high street squash court.

The ‘squash shop’ concept is being rolled out across the UK by England Squash & Racketball as part of The Big Hit campaign which engages the public with our sports in fun friendly and often novel ways.



For the full story please click here.






Regional News




Women’s Champion Alison Waters


National Squash Championships

Alison Waters, who trains with Paul Carter at Potter’s Bar, collected her third National Squash Title by defeating reigning champion Laura Massaro at the National Squash Centre, Manchester on Sunday 17th February.

  In total the East region was represented by 13 players from our 6 counties with an impressive 7 from Essex.

In the Ladies Main draw Lauren Selby (Essex), the World No. 45, progressed to the Last 16 before falling to Emma Beddoes, the World No. 31.

Meanwhile, 17 year old Anna Kimberley (Essex), the East Region U19 Champion and No.6 in the country, progressed to the second qualifying round before losing to Victoria Temple Murray, the World No. 113.

In the Mens Main draw, Peter Barker (Essex) was the stand out performer. The World No. 8 fell to James Willstrop, the World No.3 in a five set thriller of a semi final. Daryl Selby (Essex), the 2011 British National Champion lost to World No. 12, Tom Richards in the quarter finals.

Adrian Waller (Herts), the World No. 37 progressed to the Last 16 before losing to Adrian Grant, the World No. 17. Finally Ben Coleman (Essex) the World No. 91 lost to Robbie Temple, the World No. 63.

Rory Pennell (Essex),Nick Mulvey (Herts), Youseff Abdallah (Essex), Elliot Selby (Essex), Charlie Johnson (Herts), Robert Dadds (Cambs) and ESR Young Coach of the Year Dan McGinn (Cambs) all played in the qualifying rounds, but failed to progress to the main competition.

For the full story please go here.






Jamie Goodrich


British Nationals Masters

The East Region had 18 participants in the Masters events.

In the M035 category Marc Woolhead (Herts) was the stand out performer, losing to Ben Ford in the semi final. Ian Cox (Norfolk) and David Gouldby (Norfolk) both lost to the eventual winner, Tim Vail in the quarter final and 2nd round respectively whilst Simon Scott (Cambs) fell in the first round.

Jamie Goodrich (Norfolk) almost provided the East with a National champion. However he retired hurt against Peter O’Hara in the final of the MO40s. Assistant East Region Coach, James Powley (Cambs) and Nick Lavery (Beds) progressed to the 2nd and 1st rounds respectively.

The MO45 category provided the East with its most entries. East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club’s David Youngs (Norfolk) was beaten in the semi final by the eventual winner, Yawar Abbas. Eamonn Price (Herts) fell foul of David Youngs in the quarter finals. Andrew Eilfield (Herts) lost in the second round whilst Marvin Rust (Herts), Nicholas Sheppard (Essex) and Martin Guppy (Norfolk) failed to make it past the first round.

In the M050s, Nigel Bacon (Essex) lost in the first whilst Peter Alexander (Suffolk) the 2012 MO55 National champion and Brian Hardcastle (Essex) reached the semi finals in the MO55 and MO75s respectively.

Finally in the WO35s Katie Lawrence (Suffolk) and Maxine Dove (Suffolk) both fell foul of Sarah Taylor in the semi and quarter finals respectively.

Congratulations to all those that took part.

For the full list of Masters winners please go here.








Essex Racketball Closed 2013

Woodford Wells again played host to the 2013 County Closed Racketball Champs.

For the full story please go here.

To enter the East Region Closed Racketball Championships please go here.







Ickleford Funding

Ickleford Sports and Recreation Club (of which Ickleford Squash Club is a part) have been awarded over £46k under the Inspired Facilities Fund from Sport England.  This money will be used to upgrade various facilities within the Club. 

The squash club benefits from the refurbishment of the changing rooms, which have been in desperate need of renovation for some time. 

If you think your club could benefit from such a scheme, please check out the Inspired Facilities Fund link above to apply.



British Open Pre-Qualifiers

The Allam British Open is once again open to all with the announcement of four pre-qualification events on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April.

Connaught Squash Club in Essex will be providing a unique opportunity for local county standard players in the East to participate in the oldest and most prestigious event within the sport. For more information and to enter please go here.



Level 1 Coaching Award

England Squash & Racketball are holding a Level 1 Coaching Course at Water Lane Leisure Centre in Lowestoft, Suffolk on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March

There are still places available but they are being snapped up fast.

For more information and to book your place please go here.






Mark Williams
Senior Regional Manager

England Squash & Racketball
Gresham Road, Cambridge, CB1 2ES

T: 01223 305 471
M: 07918 775 423

Philip Wright
East Region Administrator
England Squash & Racketball
Gresham Road, Cambridge, CB1 2ES
T: 01223 305 471
Twitter: ESR_East


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