As England moves to Step 2 of the COVID Spring Recovery plan, squash makes it long-awaited return this Monday 12 April and we can’t wait to see clubs and venues reopening their doors, communities reunited and you back on court.
What can I play?
As with all indoor sports, squash clubs/venues are only allowed to reopen in Step 2 for the following activities:
solo practice or one-to-one coaching for adults
same household play including support bubble (as defined by Government)
out-of-school setting (OOSS) activity
school, college or university groups engaged in curriculum-based, coach-led/supervised activity, children who are participating in coach-led/supervised/OOSS activity or players with disabilities.
Returning to your club/venue
Clubs and venues are working hard to understand and interpret our Back to Squash guidelines to assess whether they can open safely for the above activities, based on their own circumstances.
Please be patient with your club/venue as they implement safety procedures to keep you and other players safe. Get in touch with them directly to find out if and when they will reopen, what their rules are - including booking procedures - and whether they are operating reduced opening hours.
Be mindful that your club/venue may not be able to meet the measures required to keep their staff, volunteers and members safe, and should they choose to remain closed, please respect their decision.
Play safe, stay safe
Guidelines that you must follow in order to play are provided via the England Squash website See full story...
England Squash have issued revised guidelines for Squash. The following is a snapshot of permitted activity depending on where your club/venue is based, further details are given in the attached file:
Tier 1: Solo practice, full match play with same household, modified full-court squash in squash bubbles, Sides, Socially Distanced Practices, one-to-one coaching, group coaching.
Tier 2: Solo practice, full match play with same household, Sides and Socially Distanced Practices in squash bubbles, one-to-one coaching.
Tier 3: Solo practice, full match play with same household.
In addition to the above, juniors are allowed to take part in coach-led/supervised activity in all tiers. See full story...
Squash courts can now open, but with limitations. Members will be able to play 'sides'.
For advice on how to play sides please open the text part of this message, select the link and then select the video on how to play sides See full story...
The attached document provides draft guidelines for the commencement of squash activities following the Covid 19 pandemic. See full story...
A Statement on Child Welfare is included in this news bulletin. This Statement will be included as a permanent document within our website shortly. See full story...
An article about a project to show how squash can be delivered in a school environment in a fun and engaging way See full story...
The Karakal South of England Masters is being played Friday 17th January to Sunday 19th January, you will need to register by 6pm Wednesday 8th January 2020
For further details please click the following link:
https://www.englandsquashmasters.co.uk/Events/EventDetails.aspx?@EventID=103 See full story...
Seniors: Stage 1 1st-2nd February 2020 and Finals 9th-10th May 2020
The groups have been drawn at random.
• Men. Round robin groups. Group winners will go through into an 8 team monrad at the Finals weekend with the top 2 teams promoted.
• Women. Round robin groups. Group winners will go into 2 groups of 3 at the Finals weekend with the winner of each group promoted.
We fall in the South and will play in the following venues
• Women- Horsham SC, Cricket Field Rd, Horsham RH12 1TE. Contact on site is Rob Norman. firstname.lastname@example.org / 01403 254628
• Men- Coral Health and Fitness, Orchard Rd, Hove, BN3 7BG. Contact on site is Ben Hutton email@example.com / 07966 426641
· In the Masters we only have the dates so far
· Masters: Stage 1 28th- 29th March 2020 and Finals 6th- 7th June 2020 See full story...
We have encountered some unforeseen problems at Wellington Health & Fitness Centre regarding the court bookings for the upcoming county coaching. Unfortunately we cannot have the courts for the 29th of October however we managed to book the courts at Eton & Datchet Thames Valley Athletics Centre, (Address: Pococks Ln, Eton SL4 6HN).
The poster is amended and included below
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Andras Pal, Professional England Squash Level 3 coach, Reading area See full story...
The relaunch of the Junior Berkshire Closed Tournament was attended by 20 children on the 29th of September at Wellington College and seemed to be a great success.
To continue with the momentum, we are happy to bring you the 1st Junior County Coaching session on the 29th of October with the England National Coach Paul Carter & England Squash Professional Level 3 Coach Andras Pal at Wellington Health and Fitness Club.
The first session from 0930-1130 is aimed at advanced players whilst the second session from 1130-1330 is aimed at intermediate / development players. Each session is limited to 12 Players. Book your space to avoid disappointment. The cost for first session is £25 per player or £40 for two siblings and the cost of the second session Is £20 per player or £30 for two siblings.
Further information provided in the Poster attached below
Coaching / Parents Team
Our aim is to rebuild Berkshire Squash and for that we need a team therefore we are on the lookout for coaches and supportive parents. If you want to be part of this team, please get in contact.
Any questions please contact Andras on:
email: Andras.firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 0740-255-7654
Professional England Squash Level 3 coach
MNR Project Co-ordinator
Berkshire Junior Squash Co-ordinator
www.squashloop.co.uk twitter: andras_squash Instagram: andras.squash See full story...
The Berkshire Squash Closed 2019 is back after last year's success which saw Gurbhaj Kahlon win his maiden Berkshire title against Stuart Milton 3-1!
This year’s event will be run on the 26th/27th October 2019, being held at the Reading University.
This will contain the following grades:
A Grade (16 places) - County Premier or 1st Division League Team (Squash levels 3000+)
B Grade (16 places) - Lower end of 1st Division or lower (Squash Levels 2000+)
C Grade (16 places) - Non-Team Players who play recreationally or in their club internal leagues (Squash Levels: 0-2000)
Entry fee is £12 and payment details will be handled through the confirmation email after you have registered. Entry fee includes The Berkshire Squash Closed 2018 tournament t-shirt. Food and Drinks are not included in the entry.
Entry link is below:
All players are guaranteed a minimum of two matches, as there will be a plate competition for those who lose in the 1st round. Please see the schedule below:
Saturday 26th October (all Main/Plate 1st round-Quarter Final matches)
Sunday 27th October (semi-finals and finals)
For any questions please email me at email@example.com or call/text 07794562734
Entries close on Sunday 20th October 2019 See full story...
Jasmin Kalar has won the Ladies 2018-19 Closed Championship beating Fiona McLean 3-0, full report and photos in the attachment below See full story...
Dylan Kalar retains his U13 Racketball Title again this year and was also runner up in both the U15 and U17 groupings.
Jasmin Kalar was knocked out in the Quarter Finals.
Sonny Kalar won the O35 Plate Racketball Tournament. See full story...
The 2018_19 Men's Over 45 Closed Championship will be held at Wellington Health and Fitness Club over the weekend 20/21st July, Entry Form is attached. See full story...
The 2018_19 Ladies Closed Championship will be held at Wellington Health and Fitness Club on the weekend of 29/30th June, Entry Form is attached See full story...
Caversham H&F 2 beat University 2 by 3 strings to 2 to win the 2019 League Shield and Wellington 3 beat Datchet and Windsor 3 by 4 strings to 1 to win the Shield Plate. The results cards and attached. See full story...
Maidenhead 1 beat Aldermaston 1 by 4 strings to 1 to win the 2019 Cup Final, and Wellington 1 beat Burghfield by 4 strings to 1 to win the Cup Plate. Result Cards are attached See full story...
Dylan KALAR from BERKSHIRE is going from strengh to strength in both SQUASH & RACKETBALL and the little fella has already achieved so much in both sports including;
Achieving the UK Number 1 Ranking in Squash (Under 11) - a position that is fiercely contested and is very hard to secure.
Being the UK Number 1 Ranked player in Racketball (Under 11)
Winning several successive Berkshire County titles
Winning a National title in Racketball
Being Runner up in 2 National Squash championships
Winning numerous tournaments
Being selected for the England Development squad for future England stars
Being selected to be a Sports Ambassador & Role model
All of this has been achieved after consistently demonstrating his brilliance with a racket, showing his constant tactical awareness, his tournament victories up and down the Country & his determined heart of a lion.
He continues to enjoy playing both sports and hopes to make it to the very highest levels in the future including representing England.
Along with this, DUNLOP are now officially sponsoring all of Dylan’s rackets & equipment and the champ continues to go from strength to strength.
All the while he has worked hard with his education and has also secured a spot in Grammar school and is grateful for all the time and effort his Dad has dedicated in coaching him in Squash, Racketball and even home tutoring him in the Grammar school entrance test papers over the years.
He is very proud to be part of Team Kalar and is not only following in the footsteps of his elder sisters - Jasmin & Danni Kalar as current & former Grammar School students but also with their prowess in Squash (winners of over 100 trophies between them), with Jasmin now making her mark on the Professional Womens Squash tour.
He loves training with them and their on court training & battles are the stuff of legends along with his monthly Racketball duels he has with his Mum (a keen afficonado in Racketball)...not to mention his determination to beat his Dad in his coaching sessions.
All of this focus and hard work has paid off and now Dynamo Dylan Kalar is beginning to make his mark in all areas of his life and showing that he has the heart of a champion. Dylan is also proud to be selected to be a Sports Ambassador and as he gets older and develops himself further he is hoping to be a positive role model for everyone. See full story...
There is a Squash Girls Can event April 7th 12 to 1 pm, see poster for further details See full story...