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Message From Acting Chairman

Fellow Squash Players,

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy during what has been a very frustrating and difficult year for all of us who have been used to playing squash regularly. It’s great news that we can finally get back on court again (albeit in a limited fashion). Hopefully, we are now well on the way to resuming a normal squash life again with our clubs and venues returning to being a key part of our sporting and social activity. 

I would just like to pass on the heartfelt thanks of all Wiltshire squash players to John Jeffrey who has recently stood down as Chairman of Wiltshire Squash due to ill health, and we wish him all the best for the future and hope to see him back on court before too long.

I would like to emphasise that it’s really important to only open up your club for play when you are ready and you believe you are able to meet the requirements as set down by England Squash (click here or the logo to the left for the guidance). I am aware that some clubs are targeting 17th May as a good point to re-start squash as this is the date from which bubble-based competitive play can resume. Whatever date you are aiming at, it would be helpful if you could let me and the Wiltshire Squash Committee know what your plans are so we can help enquirers know about club opening and court availability around the county.

On the subject of competitive play, the latest England Squash initiative SQUASHfit aims to prepare you for the return to the level of fitness you need to play squash without risking injury (click here or the logo to the left for more information). After a lengthy lay off this shouldn’t be taken lightly. I urge you to take a look and register for these on-line events. They are free of charge and hosted by great players and coaches including Nick Matthew, Laura Massaro and David Campion. 

It’s important to recognise that at the moment we are all just getting started again and there is still some uncertainty about the future. The emphasis at the moment is on the return of safe squash at all levels at all squash venues in the county. If things go well, we will then start thinking about the resumption of inter-club leagues which are at the centre of an active and thriving Wiltshire Squash community. We will do our best to keep you informed on this and will work with you to agree a way forward.

Please forward this information to your members, coaches, team captains, support staff and anyone else in your squash community.

Please drop me, or any of the Wiltshire Squash Committee a line if you would like to have a chat about squash at your club. We would love to hear from you. We are planning to hold a Wiltshire Squash Annual General Meeting in June this year and have set Wednesday 9th June 2021 as the provisional date.  We will confirm this date soon and send everyone a Microsoft Teams invite, so you can participate remotely if you wish.  We will be keen to hear from as many of you as possible and get your views and involvement as we plan the resumption of squash at all levels across the County. We will keep the website updated with all the latest information.

Regards,

Nick Hartley
Acting Chairman
Wiltshire Squash
Tel:        07729 917935
Email:   [email protected]

Wiltshire Junior County Closed 2020
Event Postponed due to Further COVID Restrictions

We are pleased that we can run the Junior County Closed for 2020 in January. Entries will be in bubbles of a maximum of 6 players per age group. If we have more than 6 entries a second day will be required. Subject to the lifting of restrictions, the main date weekend will be the 9th and 10th January with a provisional finals day of Sunday 17th January.


Event Dates: 9th / 10th and 17th January (larger groups on 9th and 17th January - Saturday and Sunday 8 days later to comply with COVID restrictions).

Registration: Opens 25th November 2020 - Closes midnight 23rd December 2020.

To register for this event please follow the guidance on the Squash4All website event page, linked below:

Wiltshire Junior County Closed 2020 Event Page

COVID Can't Stop Wiltshire Squash

The first Wiltshire Squash Box League Bubbles provided super close competition across all leagues.

In Div1 Calli Smith came out on top by 2 points from Nigel Row. Despite two maximums, Will Kingwell was a further 3 points behind. Proving how close the games were, one of the favourites to top the box Adam Giles could not post a 33 and ended up 4th!

Div 2 was also very close, Simon Lucus gains the promotion to Div1 with just one maximum 33. Damian Smith missed out by just two points despite two maximums. Less than 10 points separated the rest of the players in the Div2 box – great competition!

Div 3 Jonny Carne scored a maximum in all his games but was still only 11 points ahead of Gary Preston. Alan Grace and Mike Hyland played out a 32 to 29 ding dong battle, with good scores across all matches, but were some way short of the Carne and Preston totals.

Div 4 Mike Stannard dominated the box dropping just 2 points from a maximum total. Ben Taylor posted two maximums and was a clear second. The rest had good friendly games, but clearly need more practice!

Div 5 Ben Thompson gets the promotion in a box that had a few hiccups, but I understand all was taken in good spirit and was enjoyed by all.

Many thanks for everyone’s patience and adherence to COVID rules. All In all, good games, clear sportsmanship, and a great start to the ‘Wiltshire Squash Box League Bubbles’. There was strong feedback in favour of the format, but any suggestions for improvement are welcome.

Huge thanks to Wessex Squash Club in Swindon for hosting the Leagues in difficult circumstances.

John Jeffrey
Chairman

Wiltshire Development Plan
Wiltshire Squash is pleased to announce the creation of a new area on the website to promote the new Development Plans.  To access the Development area either click here or the image above.
2019-20 Wiltshire Closed Championship

Adam Giles
James Ryan
Adam Giles takes this year's title beating James Ryan in the final. In a close final Adam won 3-2 (11/3, 6/11, 11/8, 5/11, 13/11).

Nick Brown beat Dave Ridgway in the 2nd Round Plate and  Callum Ray beat Russ Bothwick in the 1st Round Plate.

For the full results please click here.
2019-20 Wiltshire Over 35's Closed Championship

1st Adam Giles

2nd Nigel Rowe

Adam Giles is having a great season winning his second title in succession.  Adam beat Nigel Rowe in the final 3-0 (11/7, 14/12, 11/8).

For the full results please click here.
2018-19 Wiltshire Over 45's Closed Championship


Nigel Rowe takes yet another county title in the Over 45s County Championships.

For the full report and results please click here.
  1st Nigel Rowe
Presented by Mike Stannard
1st-2nd Play-off
Nev Buckle vs Nigel Rowe
3rd-4th Play-off 
Ed Crane vs Steve Wakefield

New Website
Welcome to the new Wiltshire Squash 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!
Wiltshire Squash Rackets Association 3D Flag

Quick Links
New Wiltshire Box Leagues (Period 2):
Box Division 1
Box Division 2
Box Division 3
Box Division 4
Box Division 5
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Wiltshire Clubs and Courts

WSRA 2019 AGM Minutes 

Squash Player Magazine
2021 Issue 1
Squash Player Magazine
Comment: Where are we taking this great rebound sport?Columns by: James Willstrop, Gerry Gibson and James Zug.
News: Mohammed ElShorbagy breaks his Egyptian exile but it doesn’t end well.
World Squash: The world squash community pays tribute to Hany Hamouda, the humble power behind Egyptian
Squash.
Features: Laura Massaro’s new book; Rodney Martin’s beginnings; Perry’s Match Points; Dessouky from Zero to Hero; inconic covers in Squash Player’s 50th year.S
State of The Game: Danny Lee explains the importance of coaches and Steve Lewis the rise and fall of proprietory clubs in the UK.
Thinking Out of The Box: Is Wall-Squash an important complement to Court-Squash? What should the rules be and all about Street Rackets.
Interview: PSA’s Tommy Berden explains the InFRont relationship and Zena Wooldridge her World Squash role.
Club & Court: All the Club and Club news plus the new Tin Tech from Melior Sports and the spectaclular ‘Tpoint’ courts in Tel Aviv.
On Court: Analysis and Round-up.
Workshop: News; Q&A; Tatical Errors Part 1; Mind Game and Perfect Practice; Rules Quiz; Marlowe on Shot Selection; Khan on Reading the Play; Coaches’ Corner with Peter Nicol; Hesham on Variations on the Swing; Danny Massaro’s philosophical look; Derek Ryan on Training Around Shoulder Pain.
Gear: Coll’s tribute to Baljet, Stellar launch, Racket Report and Sponsorship News,
Head refresh their racket range, String Review Part 2.
Gallery: Nathan Clark loses his passport.
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Points Sample
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