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England Squash Polar Workforce Awards 2017 - Dax Mellor
  

Dax Mellor was rewarded for all his hard work over the recent year when he received the Participation Project of the Year award at the England Squash Polar Squash Workforce Awards 2016/17.  His citation reads:

Squash in Wiltshire is faced with a number of challenges, namely only 25 courts across the county the majority of which being public owned. Dax has managed to navigate this difficult situation and in turn has resurrected junior squash within the county. He works extensively in schools having expanded the Squash4Schools programme into the region and was successful in getting squash included in the Salisbury School Games. This success within schools has resulted in the creation of junior clubs at leisure centres. On top of this Dax also runs multiple Squash Girls Can programmes to get more women and girls playing within the county.

 For more information click here.

Welsh Masters Over 65 Champion - Clive Morgan - Marlborough Squash Club

Tony Bevan (Clive's opponent), Neath MP Christina Rees, Welsh Squash stalwart Geoff Thomas and Clive Morgan

Congratulations to Clive Morgan from Marlborough Squash Club for winning the Welsh Masters Over 65s Championship. 

Clive stated: "It was simply a weekend when everything went well. After winning a tough quarter final, I was being deservedly beaten in my semi, but dug in and eventually outlasted my opponent to scrape home by the skin of my teeth (15-13 in the 5th). The final was against the No. 1 seed who had beaten me 3-0 in our only encounter some 2 years ago. As the underdog, I was relaxed and had a game plan that I stuck to throughout. The outcome was a 3-0 victory where I was always in control. It was certainly the best squash I have played in such an important match. In 40 years of playing the game, I have never been more pleased with a performance. There have been many occasions when that was not the case at all, notably in some Wilts League matches over the years!"
2016/17 Wiltshire Over 35s Closed Championship

 Wiltshire Over-35 County Closed
18-19 March 2017
Wessex Squash Club

It's that time of year again for the fiercely contested Wiltshire Over-35 County Closed held at The Wessex Club, Swindon.

For full information, including how to register please click here.

2017 Wiltshire Closed Championship
Rory Birtwistle wins the 2017 Wiltshire Closed Championship title, beating James Ryan in the final.

For the event report and full results click here.



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Wiltshire Junior Closed Squash Championship 2016
 
 

For full results from the Closed Junior Championships please visit the new Wiltshire Junior Squash website using the link below:

Event Results

For photos from the event click the link below:

Event Photo Gallery

New Wiltshire Junior Squash Website Launched

On 1 September the Junior County Squash Website went live. The site will be used to communicate the various junior activities that are happening all over the County (including Swindon).  An event calendar has been created which will detail everything that is taking place; from local School competitions to National Championships.  Eventually the site will have an area that will be offered to individual Clubs and the intention is to include Junior Club information within this - look out for it.  

To visit the site click the logo above or the link below.


Squash Girls Can Campaign Success
 
Wiltshire Squash made front page news on the England Squash website following the very successful girls junior event run by Dax Mellor at the South Marston Hotel & Leisure club on 24th January 2016.  The event targeted at getting more girls participating in squash saw an incredible 54 players from across the region taking part in a junior girls squash festival, with the youngest being 6 years old.  For the full story see the England Squash new article by clicking here.
 
 
Squash Participation On The Up

Last month Sport England’s Active People Survey results were issued (this data is used by Sport England to measure participation in Sport across the country).  You may have heard that this report displayed a significant rise in the number of people playing squash on a weekly basis.  In short - 27,000 more people are playing the sport once a week as opposed to this time last year. The figures are a reflection of the outstanding work of the whole squash community, including county associations, volunteers, coaches, clubs and leisure centres in delivering squash nationwide.   Participation amongst the 16-34 age category saw the biggest increase of almost 40%.  Keir Worth, Chief Executive, England Squash said, “We are delighted with the latest APS findings and to have exceeded our participation target for the year”

To view the ES report click on the here.

To view which sports are up and which are down click here.

New Website
Welcome to the new Wiltshire Squash Rackets Association website. 

Over the year we will transfer more content to this site from the old website.
 
If you need to refer to the old website use the link wiltsquash.co.uk.    Thank you!
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Squash Player Magazine
2016 Issue 6

Squash Player Magazine

Workshop: The latest Master shot is Nicol David's backhand crosscourt drop.
Players: Tesni Evans talks to Mike Dale about her life on and off court
Comment:  A golden generation.
News: Civil war averted; March British Open; Dessouki banned; Squash for a long life; Payne tragedy; Oddy passes away WSF NEWS: All change at WSF.
Features: Le President; Writing the 555 story; Meet the world champion; Egypt's silver lining.
Off Court: Ramy signs for Salming; John White’s new racket; Ashaway official string at National Squash Centre.
Workshop:  News; My sport - Tesni Evans; Courses update; Course calendar; Physio's therapy; Drew's diagnosis; Rules quiz; Practice routines; Mastershot.
On Court: PSA Tour Round-up; Previews; Reviews; Qatar Classic report; One to watch - Salma Hany Ibrahim; Looking forward; Calendar; Monthly awards.
Hall of Fame: Ross Norman.
Gallery: Lee Drew and Joey Barrington report from the commentary box. 



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