Shropshire Squash Academy – yearly report 2021-22

donwallington - September 23, 2022

One junior club for all Shropshire from grassroots to top level

School Engagement

  • 13 primary schools and 1 secondary school involving 168 children new to squash at Market Drayton, SSRC, Brookside
  • Raising the profile of squash with pupils and school staff
  • Showing school providers (like Energize) that squash is accessible, inclusive, exciting and engaging to all and meets curriculum needs and can be done with large groups


  • Continue and expand programme in primary schools
  • Offer a squash programme to secondary schools

Commonwealth Games Festivals

  • Invited by Energize and SGOs to take squash to 2 school festivals involving 600 primary and secondary school children – using the mini-glass court and rebounders
  • Set up the mini-glass court in Shrewsbury town centre
  • Secured a spot in the CWG Baton Relay
  • Attracting new players to the sport using flyers showing local clubs
  • Raising awareness of squash amongst public


  • More schools festivals and events
  • Public events and festivals
  • Improve data capture to follow up on interest shown

Squash Stars

  • England Squash initiative started at 3 Shropshire clubs: Bishops Castle, Rowton Castle and SSC
  • Attracting new players: 33 new juniors have started the 6 week programme and have bought personal squash equipment


  • Continue and expand programme into more clubs
  • Improve messaging (on club/county websites, social media etc.)

Club Junior Groups

  • New junior clubs have started at Rowton Castle and Brookside
  • Financed coaches gaining England Squash qualifications
  • Provided financial support in buying new kit at Market Drayton


  • Support Bishops Castle to start a regular junior coaching club

Development Squads

  • 3 county squads BU19, GU13, BU11 training together regularly and going to England Squash events together


  • To invite players from more different clubs and to expand the groups to 6-8 players each

Academy Teams

  • BU19 intercounty team
  • Shropshire league Div. 2 team
  • SSC summer league team WINNERS!


  • 3 intercounty teams BU19, GU13, BU11
  • Div. 1 Shropshire league team 2022-23
  • >2 SSC summer league teams
  • Div. 1 and Div. 3 Shropshire league teams for 2023-24

Individual Achievements

  • 3 nationally ranked girls: Cordelia Jones, Jessica Weaver, Elspeth Jones
  • 4 BU11 ranked in the top 80 nationally: George McGurk, Frank Phillips, Fred Schur, Max King
  • Billy Schur selected for West Midlands region Aspire squad

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