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.
Thank you to all the juniors that came along on Saturday and joined in the World Squash Day tournament we set up. Results are below and it was very tight!!
5th Place – Team F – 193 Points
Joint 4th Place – Team D and Team E – 215 Points
3rd Place – Team C – 220 Points
2nd Place – Team A – 221 Points
1st Place – Team B – 228 Points
It was all for a bit of fun but for us as coaches it was great to see some really good squash being played throughout all the groups.
We have a 2 week break now so the next session will be on the 3rd November. We look forward to seeing you all then
Our club closed championship will take place on Sunday 11th November. It will follow the same format as previous years with all matches played on one day, with the slight possibility of a separate finals day if the number of entrants is very large. I hope every member will play in at least one competition, the handicaps will be particularly attractive but also the main events will be run with place played right down through the order using the Monrad system, so plenty of matches.
– Club Championship – this will be run as a MONRAD for the 16 highest ranked entrants on Squash levels on 3rd November. With 16 entrants, all players will play 4 matches. The first 3 will be best of 3, PAR11 and the final best of 5
– Ladies Championship – boxes or knockout and plate, depending on numbers
– Racketball Championship – MONRAD, All matches best of 3, PAR15
– Squash Handicap Competition – MONRAD for 16 players with preference given to those not in the main competition. With 16 entrants all players will have 4 matches
– Racketball Handicap Competition – seeded draw and plate or MONRAD.
This should be a really good day. I will try to schedule matches to give suitable breaks but without too much waiting around. Hopefully we will conclude in the late afternoon and with the system being MONRAD we should have a good social occasion. Any questions please give me a call, otherwise, I look forward to hearing from you with details of the competition(s) you wish to enter.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or add your name to the list on the club notice board
Timmy Skopets recently won the U11 event in the Kent Junior Closed to become the 2018 Kent County U11 champion.
He is a junior member here at the Poult Wood Squash & Racketball Club, where he has been playing since age 6.
Congratulations, Timmy. You’ve made the club very proud.
For the second year in a row Poult Wood SRC ran a successful junior squash open competition over the weekend of 24-25 March 2018, this time in cooperation with our neighbours at Tunbridge Wells Squash Club. There were altogether 73 entrants in seven different categories and some great squash was on display throughout the weekend
The Boys under 11 and Girls under 13 competitions were held in entirety at Tunbridge Wells on the Saturday. Freddy Miles (Kent) won the Bu11 competition convincingly with Zachary Woolven (Surrey) runner up. In Gu13 Ailsa Bruce (Surrey) was the winner and won all 4 of her games, with Annabelle Hill (Surrey) runner up.
The Girls under 15 was run as a round robin starting at Tunbridge Wells and finishing at Poult Wood. Jodie Dowe (Norfolk) won comfortably with Isabel McCullough (Kent) the runner up.
The other categories were all run at Poult Wood. The Boys under 13 final was well contested with last year’s winner Dylan Roberts (Kent) winning again, this time 3-1 against Jake Sim-Baskar (Sussex) in the final. Jake went 2-0 down before winning a close third game, then Dylan took the fourth game comfortably.
The Boys under 15 was won by Harvey McIntyre (Kent) who put in a strong performance in the final to win a close 3-0 against Mehul Chopra (Kent) with good squash from both players.
Ellie Hewes (Essex) was a clear winner in the Girls under 17 winning all her matches in another round robin event, with Abigail Wilkinson (Middlesex) runner up after the two played out the final deciding match.
The Boys under 17 final was played last, and was an exceptional match with Joss Sim-Baskar (Sussex) finally overcoming Ben Harrison (Middlesex) 12-10 in the final game. The squash was competitive and to a very high standard, with both players showing excellent composure and temperament. A credit to both players and the tournament.
The event was well supported by parents and friends at both venues with excellent food available from Azra at Poult Wood and Tim at Tunbridge Wells. Thanks to all of them.
A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped at both venues, especially Richard Morris who looked after the Tunbridge Wells event, and Tony Hooper who amongst other things did the scheduling for the entire event, a massive task, and ran the desk at Poult Wood on both days. And particular thanks to all the team players who marked some of games and oversaw the juniors marking other games. This was essential to the smooth running of the tournament.
And finally many thanks to Chris Gorman, coach at Poult Wood, and tournament sponsor.
Congratulations to Isaac Banham and Edward Johnson, our new club champions.The finals were very closely fought with both winners and runners up playing good competitive squash. The standard has improved considerably from last year and we have some worthy winners and some future club champions in the making.
Full results are:
Isaac Banham – Under 11 Squash Champion
James Williams – Runner Up
Edward Johnson – Under 15 Squash Champion
Josh Butler – Runner Up
Ben Usherwood – Plate winner
Benedict Keen – Plate runner up
Ben Usherwood – Winner
Alex Rayment – Runner Up
Benedict Keen – Plate winner
Scott Lopes – Plate runner up
Josh Butler – Winner
Jake Usherwood – Runner Up
Edward Johnson – Plate winner
Ben Appleby – Plate Runner Up
We will hold our overall Junior Squash Club Championship during the summer term, with all entrants playing during every round, so produce a full intra-club club ranking.