Coral Health & Fitness and Brighton Squash Club will host their first ever England Squash Silver Sanctioned event this weekend with the Tecnifibre Brighton & Hove Junior Open (27-28 December).
The third Silver Event of the season is split between two events with the Tecnifibre Brighton & Hove Junior Open running in addition to the traditional Pontefract Junior Open. The response has been fantastic with more than 300 juniors playing in total.
Chris Nutley, England Squash Head of Competitions and Events, commented, “Traditionally, the event has always been held at Pontefract. For the first year we’ve introduced the southern venue and the response has been positive with an additional 100 extra players involved.”
Ben Hutton, the Tecnifibre Brighton & Hove Junior Open tournament organiser, said, “I put on a Bronze Sanctioned Event last year to provide the juniors in the South the chance to play some squash without going up to Pontefract. The take up was good and the standard was really high. I applied to do it this year and was told it was a Silver split event.
“Running a Silver is double the planning of a Bronze, but we’re really looking forward to it! I get a lot of satisfaction out of running these events. Kids having fun is what it’s all about, it’s not always about the winning.
“This is the first Silver the county has had in the eight years I’ve been involved with the county set up, so we’re really pleased to have been awarded this opportunity.
“The club and county have really embraced the event with many juniors participating and the members eager to watch some top junior squash. We pride ourselves on being a strong, committed squash club. Having a junior event is the icing on the cake. I’d also like to thank Tecnifibre for sponsoring the event and providing prizes.”
The Pontefract Junior Open will be directed by Terry Dudley and his team. Terry, who has run the event for more than 25 years, said, “We are looking forward to hosting another Silver with many of the world’s best juniors including players from Malaysia and the USA. Pontefract have a good history of running junior events and believe they are a vital aspect in a young player’s pathway, all overseen at the club by Head Coach and guru Malcolm Willstrop.
“Sam Todd is showing promise of the highest order. He is not alone either, six Pontefract Juniors have been ranked 1 in the country in 2015 – Elliot Ridge (17), Ellen Cooper (15), Sam Todd (U13), Layla Johnson (U11), Asia Harris (U11) and Ben Beachill (U11).”
For more information about the event, visit our competition page.