At King’s we run squash lessons as an optional part of the senior boy’s division on a Friday after school. Squash sessions also run for junior children, year 6 during their games lesson. Squash is a traditional sport which has been part of the culture at King’s for many years. King’s used to benefit from an on-site squash court but now travel to the local club at Prestbury to participate in fixtures and training. Lessons are taken by Alan Batchelor, who taught at King’s for many years, and Brian Lomas. Alan is an experienced coach and referee and Brian is currently his understudy, learning to coach.
Each year King’s participate in the national schools squash competition with further details of the success outlined below.
This year, we have had individual success as one of the boys, Jonny Murray, has begun to play at regional level against experienced players. He has turned out for Prestbury squash club in the North West Counties Squash league, consistently improving his games and coming agonisingly close to victory on multiple occasions.
Of the others, Sam Gardner, Harvey wild and Charles Morrison –Hughes have been invited to County Training sessions with Peter Billson, the county coach.
Many of the boys, including James Brauckmann and James Harman, both J6 have taken their first steps in competitive squash by taking part in the Cheshire Junior Grand Prix Series, which are arranged monthly at different venues.
FIXTURES & RESULTS
King’s squash team compete in the national squash schools championship, making it through to the plate round this year. Unfortunately due to the location of events, King’s had to concede a fixture meaning they did not progress to the national plate final. The logistics of this defeat mean the team are looking into more local fixtures for the following seasons.