Report on our Junior Open Competition 2017

The club hosted a highly successful Bronze level junior open tournament on Sunday 26 February 2017. There were over 50 entries from 6 counties, including 4 from Poult Wood’s own junior section, with boys’ categories u13, u15 and u17 and girls’ u15 and u17. The event was well supported by parents and friends who were treated to a feast of excellent squash.
Many thanks to all the club members who gave up their time to help on the day, marking matches and generally keeping things moving smoothly along. The nerve centre was the front desk where Tony and Elizabeth Hooper expertly ran a complex operation of court scheduling and collating the results as they came in.
Also a big thank you to Azra’s Lisa and her team for providing a great service in the bar and restaurant, with an excellent snack menu designed specially for the day, which many visitors took advantage of.
It was great to see four of Poult Wood’s junior players entering the tournament – Dan Boshoff and Alfie Peacock in  the Boys u17, Anna Hooper in the Girls u17, and  Timmy Skopets in the Boys u13. Dan finished 5th overall, beating in his last game Matt Proctor, the first time he has done so, and Matt plays in the Kent A team. Timmy, playing in his first ranked tournament, and at the age of 9 the second youngest player in the whole tournament, played well, in the end losing to a plate finalist. Alfie, also in his first ranked tournament, had some tough games against much more experienced players, but learned a lot from taking part. Anna finished a creditable 4th in the Girls u17 event after reaching the semi finals, with two tough matches against other strong Kent county players. They all did the club proud.
The winners and runners up were
BU13 winner Dylan Roberts (Kent), r/up Jude Gibbins (Kent)
BU15 winner Arhan Chandra (Bucks), r/up Mehul Chopra (Kent)
BU17 winner James Gibbins( Kent), r/up Luke Credland (Sussex)
GU15 winner Elize Chaplin (Kent), r/up Annabel Williamson (Kent)
GU17 winner Alice Coxeter (Kent), r/up Karishma Bansal (Kent)

I would like to give a big thank you to all the players and also parents and friends for supporting this event. This was a great day for the club. We were proud to host the junior open and witnessed some superb squash.

Mike Tonge
Tournament Director

Charlton Athletic Community trust

On the 14th February Chris Gorman, our lead juniors coach, ably assisted by Tony Hooper, hosted a special activity day for the Charlton Athletic Community trust. The day was a huge success.

Terry Peart from the trust said “In terms of the sessions in all honesty it was probably one of the best sporting sessions we have had delivered by a 3rd party organisation”, which is great to hear.

Terry went on to say “All of the clients were engaged for the whole session”

Its very positive to hear such rave reviews and is testament to PWSRC’s continual support of coaching, within the club and the surrounding area.

Well done Chris and Tony.

Team competition day in aid of Sumner Malik. 12 March 2017

The club is hosting a team based squash day at Poult Wood on Sunday 12th March and all members, adults and juniors are invited to take part.

The format is a team based event, with all matches played on Sunday 12th March. All entrants will be placed into teams of roughly equal strength and composition, with teams competing in a mini league. The exact make up will be decided based on the number of people who are able to play. As a rough guide we hope to have teams of 5 with 1 or 2 Club Team Players, 1 or 2 Ordinary members and 1 or 2 juniors. This will ensure everyone has competitive matches with their opponents being of similar standard. There will be a lot of games to be played and therefore the format will most likely be Best of 3, PAR to 11. All players should get a minimum of 3 matches, most likely 4.

The day will start at 9.30am, there will be a light lunch provided (minestrone soup and a roll) and should finish around 4pm. It will be a really fun day and another good event for club members following the success of our 1 day club championship.

This is an event which the club has thought running about for some time and has decided to dedicate the first one to raising funds for Sumner Malik. Many of you will have heard about Sumner and may also have supported him. However for those that are not aware, Sumner is a 10 year old boy who comes from a local squash mad family. He has a condition called DIPG which is a brain tumour affecting children and for which treatment is at the trial stage. He has had the first operation which involved surgery to create a vent into his skull and he now needs to receive monthly infusions. Each of these costs £6000 and we are keen to try and help.

As the first event is for Sumner we hope players will be happy to pay £25 to enter the event. All money except the lunch cost will be sent as a donation from the club towards his treatment.

Final details for the day will be published much nearer the date. Please email me to let me know if you can take part and I will ensure you are placed in a team.

Regards, Tony

Junior Coaching from January 2017

Bookings are now being taken for the next sessions for ages from 6 to 17 starting 7 January 2017

The cost is £54 for 9 sessions which are for 55 minutes starting at 8.30, 9.30, 10.30 and 11.30

Club Competition entries

Club Squash and Racketball Closed Championship will start on 1st October and entries are now being taken for:

Squash Championship
Squash Ladies Championship
Squash Handicap Championship
Racketball Championship
Racketball Handicap Championship

Please email me, Tony Hooper, add your name to the list which is on the wall at the club or add a comment to the Facebook page announcement, indicating the competitions you wish to enter. All club members are encouraged to attend and hopefully some of our strong juniors will also take part.

Good luck all.

Club Closed Junior Championship Finals: Photos


The winners and runners up in the Club Closed Junior Championship finals day last Saturday. Pictured here with Phil Nightingale and Zeb Young who played a superb exhibition match to inspire the juniors and adults.

Next coaching sessions start 10 September 2016

Bookings are now being taken for the next sessions for ages from 6 to 17 starting 10 September 2016 and finishing 10th December  2016.  There will be no coaching on 22/10 and 29/10 due to half term.

The cost is £72 for 12 sessions which are for 55 minutes starting at 8.30, 9.30, 10.30 and 11.30 .

Please contact Chris Gorman on 07583 926984 or Tony Hooper on 07748 623129.

Next series of coaching starts 16 April 2016

Dear Players and Parents,

Tomorrow, 19 March 2016, is the last session before Easter and we will resume again on
16 April with the next series of 10 coaching sessions.

I am very pleased to announce that the club will have a new lead coach
starting on 16 April, with Chris Gorman joining us. Some of you will
have met Chris last week and will already have an idea of the qualities
he will bring to the club. Chris is a qualified England Squash coach,
plays to a very high standard and has an excellent reputation in the
local area. He comes very highly recommended from his work with the
juniors at Biddenden, where he coaches during the week. The club is
delighted to have his services and is convinced he will be an very good
asset to the junior coaching team.

Mike will continue as coach, providing support to Chris (as will I), but
has been thinking about lightening his coaching load for some time. This
has given him the opportunity. Mike was instrumental in setting up and
developing the junior coaching at Poult Wood and has give a significant
amount of time over many years. We all have a lot to thank him for and
are very pleased he is continuing to coach and support the club. This
will make a smooth transition to Chris’s leadership and ensure, by
having me and Mike supporting Chris, that all sessions are fully
covered. Matt White will also continue to support with coaching when needed.

I will write again with information on the new term. Meanwhile, Mike and
I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.



With effect from 1st March 2016, the times that can be booked on each court are being amended as follows:

Courts 1 & 2 bookable on the hour at 17.00,18.00,19,00 and 20.00

Courts 3 & 4 bookable on the half hour at 16.30, 17.30, 18.30, 19.30 and 20.30

All bookings are for an hour