Squash Development

Squash Development

Development events are a fantastic way to bring surrounding clubs together and an important first step, providing juniors the opportunity to take part in competition within a non-pressure environment. And with such an array of talent and ability from beginners to National squad players it is a chance for the new players to watch some great squash showing them what they can achieve with a bit of time and effort.

But the events go far further than the squash, it brings juniors together from different clubs and throughout the day you can see the bonds forging into lasting friendships FANTASTIC!!

They ran 3 categories A-B-and C the A category had a field of 8 players, start to finish the crowd were treated to fantastic squash with hard fought matches, all the players in group A attend Squash Wales academy or National squad . Worth a mention in this group is Olivia Stephens who volunteered to stepped up to make the group of 8 Well done Olivia!!

Winner of Group (A)

Arran Edwards – Aberdare (Good Luck In the forthcoming BJO)

2nd Tomos Edmonds – Meads

3rd Zoe Edwards – Aberdare

4th Lewis Audsley – Porthcawl



Group (B) they had 14 Juniors again all of similar ability And with hard fought matches throughout

Winner of Group (B)

Jack Edwards – Aberdare

2nd Emily Gray – Meads

3rd Luke Evans – Llanelli STC

4th Jake Edwards – Meads

In Group (C) they had 9 Juniors competing and receiving tuition as they played for some it was the first time on a court Fantastic.

Winner of Group (C)

Scott Lewis-Armstrong – Llanelli LC

2nd Millie Breach – Neath

3rd Emma Ferns – Neath

A fitting way to end this event was to present Carmarthen Squash Club with their club Silver Charter award, the scheme is run by the governing body Wales Squash and the charter awards play an important role in recognising good practice within clubs, to achieve the awards clubs have to be running good policies and procedures for both adults and juniors, these include coach insurance all personnel in direct contact with children or vulnerable adults must be DBS checked and undergone a safe guarding of children and vulnerable adults course, they must provide coaching and opportunities for competition for both adults and juniors alike.

As with many squash clubs playing within leisure centre facilities, the club has been working in partnership with Carmarthen Leisure Centre to offer coaching and playing opportunities for both juniors and adults, this is a win win situation for both parties, the clubs provide qualified coaches to run the sessions whilst the leisure centre can offer these sessions to their members and general public, the biggest benefit for the club is it helps maintain the sustainability of both the club and sport.

The award was presented to Carmarthen’s head Coach Jenny Jones who has been instrumental in moving the club forward and ensuring the club is up to date with all new policies.

West Wales Development Officer Pete Crook. Presented the Award.


So well done to all players that entered the event, there were some excellent matches on display, keep training and playing hard and enjoying your squash.

Thank you to Carmarthen Squash Club for hosting the event and to Jenny Jones, Nia Davies and Pete Crook for organizing and running the event, thank you to all parents and family members for bringing and supporting the juniors, we look forward to seeing you all at the next one…keep an eye on the Wales Squash twitter page for details of the next event.

And finally a special thank you to Gary Price Carmarthen Leisure and Carmarthen Leisure Centre staff for all their help and support, we are very fortunate to have such fantastic local authority support. Providing use of the courts and hall for activities such as Football, Basketball and Badminton for the juniors whilst waiting their squash matches.

If you have any questions or feedback about the event, please contact West Wales Development Officer Pete Crook at petercrook23@hotmail.com or 07809 236762.