We are very happy to announce that Club Nights are returning and from this Wednesday, the 9th June. We have agreed with TMActive certain conditions. Until we have been given the all clear, club nights will be a maximum of 12 people, so it is essential that you inform us of your intention to attend. This will be done on a first informed basis. Hopefully this limit will only be in place until the June 21st reopening of the country.
There can only be a limit of 2 players on court and 2 on the balcony socially distanced. When not on court a mask is required. A committee member will sanitise the doors and the balconies at the end of evening.
Court times are as follows: Court 2 18.45 until 21.00, Court 3 19.15 until 21.00 and Court 4 18.30 until 21.00.
So for the moment the club night starts at 18.30, which with a lot of us working from home, should be a bonus. The bar is now open as well so we should be able to have a drink on the outside balcony, in our squash attire, as changing rooms remain off limits.
Club Nights will run, as before, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, these are the dates of the next 4 months.
9th June, 23 June, 14 July, 28 July, 11 August, 25 August, 8 September and 22 September 2021.
Please let me know asap if you intend to attend, please also let me know if you then can’t, as we will run a waiting list. Please send replies to email@example.com
Team Laura vs Team Nick England Squash challenge launched on World Squash Day (10th October 2020) and lasted one month with players from around the globe invited to join in on the action and record their scores via SquashLevels.
The first club to record 50 matches was to win 200 squash balls. Poultwood was comfortably first to reach that goal, thank you to all our members for getting involved.
England Squash & Dunlop Squash sent us not only 200 squash balls but also:
Junior Mini-Squash balls
15 x Dunlop England Squash Rackets
England Squash Kit bag
Thanks to England Squash. Some of this kit will be offered as prizes in our upcoming competitions.
Squash and Racketball Boxes
So this is the great news we’ve been waiting for, the reopening of the club. We are now just a couple of weeks away from the relaunch of the squash and racketball boxes. Pending the announcement, from Boris Johnson, we should be reopening the club on the 17th/18th May.
With this in mind we are now starting to prepare the boxes for the relaunch. The boxes will be played in the same way as last year, so 5 – 6 players in each box. Promotions and relegations as normal, without the need for bubbles.
Both the squash and the racketball boxes will start on the 17th/18th May (TM Active dependant) and will run for 4 -5 weeks. Eventually we will restore the timing of the past. Where the squash boxes start on the 1st of each month and the racketball league on the 15th of each month. We find this makes it easier for members to join both boxes, if they so wish to.
If you want to join the squash boxes, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to join the racketball boxes, email email@example.com
For the moment the changing rooms will remain closed, hopefully this will be reversed by the end of June, assuming we stay on course with the government projections. Masks must be worn, entering and leaving the centre and as before we need to leave the courts 5-10 minutes early to allow cleaning of the handles etc. The online booking should be open approximately 4 -5 days before the reopening. Club nights are still not allowed, this again should be reversed by the end of June.
We appreciate it’s been a long time coming, but getting back on to the courts is just around the corner and I’m sure you are as keen as us to get the boxes restarted in the best way with competitive and enjoyable matches.
The Government’s ‘Covid19 roadmap’ remains on track and we are hopeful a return to adult squash will be permitted soon. Unfortunately the nature of our sport means our ability to return safely is not at the same pace as other sports and unlike some other clubs who own their own venue we are additionally bound by the decisions of TMActive.
The good news is that junior coaching is able to resume and specific court access has been agreed – See separate email sent from Chris.
Unfortunately, access to the courts remains closed for all other users and the initial indication from TMA is that a re-opening will not occur until later in May. The committee are in regular contact with Kent and England Squash and are making representations and suggestions to TMA on how a safe return can be achieved. It is frustrating that golf is taking place and outside use of the bar area will be possible from Monday but it is also understandable that they do not want to facilitate us running around, breathing heavily in a small indoor area.
The moment we hear of any changes to the position of the courts reopening, we will inform you.
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World Squash Day celebrations kicked off yesterday with our juniors taking part in the Laura Massaro vs Nick Matthew challenge.
The idea is to get as many players back to clubs playing as possible. You pick an opponent, pick a team (Laura or Nick) and log the result on squash levels.
Members of Poultwood get free squash level membership, others can get a 30 day free trial.
If we can get 50 players at Poultwood (affiliated to Poultwood on squash levels) taking part (registering at least one match) then the club will get 120 squash balls to use for our competitions and other events that we have planned when things return to normal.
If you don’t play friendlies but you play in the squash box leagues. Just duplicate one of your results on squash levels.
1 – Go to https://www.squashlevels.com/home.php
2 – Login or create an account – check your affiliated with Poultwood.
3 – Click add result.
4 – You will get this screen. If it’s a league match or you don’t want your squash levels adjusted then tick the sides tick box option.
You can add as many results as you like. As a relatively small club we would like to finish as high up the leaderboard as possible. This is the current leaderboard by club.
The courts at Poultwood will be closed from Monday 21st September to Thursday 24th September inclusive for maintenance.
I hope you have had a good summer and have tried to get back on court.
We have some good news, the 2nd phase of England Squash is just about to start, on the 1st September. The key part of phase 2 is the allowance of a squash/racketball bubbles. This means you can play regularly with 5 other players, normal competitive matches, not sides!
We therefore will be relaunching the boxes, for the time being there will be no promotion or relegation, the boxes will be made up of 6 players per box and will be refreshed on a monthly basis.
It will be linked to squash/racketball levels.
To join a box ,or boxes if you are playing both disciplines, please email Tony Hooper for Squash league on firstname.lastname@example.org or for racketball email email@example.com
We hope to launch the boxes this week, so please reply asap.
Andrew and Tony
Please follow the guidelines on the way to play, as set out on the ES link and KS link below. The courts we can use are:
Court 1: Booking on the hour
Court 3: Booking on the quarter past the hour
Court 4: Booking on the half hour.
Court 2 has been decommissioned at the moment, to store cleaning equipment and other items related to Covid. Please note the courts are 1 hour but only 45 mins of play to enable staff 15 mins to clean.
It’s very important we follow the rules, to ensure the courts remain open, we are aware of other clubs that were opened, but quickly closed again and we really don’t want that to happen at PW.
Booking courts is via the TM Active as usual and we have instructions on our website here if you need to set up an account – https://www.poultwood.com/how-to-book/
Chris has kindly put some solo drills and coaching routines on his instagram page, find him at cgsquash to get you back to being match fit!
Some of you would have received the email from TMActive if you are subscribed to their golf updates, if not here it is.
I’m away now until the 22nd August but I hope you can get back on the courts and enjoy playing this new variation. We will discuss internally when the boxes will launch but I would think from the beginning of September.
See you soon
This is not the update we had hoped to issue this week, most of you are probably wondering why the courts are not back up and running yet.
Hopefully we will be up and running within July, but whilst we wait the reopening, it is a good opportunity to inform you of the new guidelines that ESR and KSR have set out.
Unfortunately TMActive have delayed this. As you can imagine there are a lot of measures to be checked, to ensure the safe return of indoor sport and in particular Squash and Racketball. They will be testing the ventilation system as this seems to be the only issue left to complete.
The key one is that we have to play a new Covid friendly version of both disciplines, it’s called ‘Sides’ and it effectively means that you cannot cross sides, one player is on the left and one on the right, one player serves the whole time and is the only one allowed to handle the play.
If you are playing someone from your household or support bubble you can play the sport as normal.
Here is a link to the ES page on the do’s and don’ts, in the middle is a video showing how to act in the club and how to play sides, this is the only way we can play for the next few months.
The link below is a comprehensive document from KSR, which completely sets out all the guidelines, please read this.
The changing rooms and shower block will be closed. When we do return, each player MUST arrive ready to play, bring their own water and use hand sanitisers that will be provided, after the game they must leave the area and go home to shower.
We will launch ‘sides’ boxes, at the moment we are investigating how to launch this and will update shortly.
Unfortunately for the moment we are not allowed to run club nights or the Saturday morning junior sessions.
One-to-one coaching and small group coaching are both allowed, and we are delighted to announce that Chris Gorman will be our dedicated club coach. Going forward he will be offering adult and junior coaching and has a tonne of exciting ideas to get coaching at the club firmly back on the map. Chris is passing his level 3 shortly and this standard of coaching is only offered at a handful of clubs in the South East, so we are very proud of this new development. More details will follow from Chris, but this will start imminently.
As soon as we know the reopening date we will let everyone know, hopefully this will be sooner than later.
Have a great Sunday.