County Success for Northern Juniors

Northern juniors dominated the field at the Lancashire County Junior Squash Championships on 29 September.

They scooped the Girls’ U-11, U-13 and both Boys’ and Girls’ U-19 titles, plus took the runners-up spots in the Boys’ U-13 and Girls’ U-15 and U-17, along with 3rd and 4th places in four events.

“We had a strong presence at the Championships this year and our juniors’ hard work has really paid off,” said Head Coach Anna Vaughan Hawkins. “What a fantastic start to the season!”

Results were:

Girls U-11: Winner Perry Soliman; Runner-up Rosie Chadwick.

Boys U-11: 3rd place Nichol Weatherston. 4th place Ali Al-Rifa

 

Girls U-13: Winner Miriam Mulla. 3rd place Rosie White. 4th place Hala Allam.

Boys U-13: Runner-up Miriam Mulla.

 

Girls U-15: Runner-up Yara Soliman.

Boys U-15: 3rd place Fin Coote. 4th place Luke Chadwick.

 

Girls U-17: Runner-up Lucy Gibson. 3rd place Kate McNichol.

 

Girls U-19: Winner Saran Nghiem

Boys U-19: Winner Finn Withington.

Anna mentors England Squash coaching initiative

Northern Head Coach Anna Vaughan Hawkins has been appointed as a mentor for a new England Squash campaign to encourage more women into coaching

Squash Girls Can Coach is a 12-month, funded, structured programme of training, workshops and mentoring, designed to take candidates through their Level 1 and Level 2 coaching qualifications.

Anna herself was appointed to the Northern’s coaching team as Development Coach in 2016, together with Head Professional Julianne Courtice and Performance Coach Annette Pilling. At the time there was minimal junior coaching, no adult coaching and no schools programme.

Today, the Northern boasts a benchmark Junior Programme, Adult Beginners, Intermediate and Women’s/ Family sessions, and works actively with 13 local schools.

Anna, who plays for the Ladies’ 1st team, Men’s 5th team and the Welsh Masters Team, said: “I love it. Deciding to become a professional coach was the best decision I ever made.

“For the Club to appoint an all-woman coaching team raised questions at the time but I believe it has worked – for the guys as well! We have seen more men joining the club as well as women and juniors.”

Watch Anna being interviewed by copy and pasting the link below

* Applications for Squash Girls Can Coach close on 22 November 2019. For more information go to https://www.englandsquash.com/squashgirlscancoach

Lisa Lifts Silver for England

Club member Lisa Pilkington won a Silver medal for England in the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships in St John’s, Canada on September 15th – 21st.

 

Lisa lifted 95kg – a personal best – in the Women’s Raw Master Bench 84+ event. “It’s the first time I have ever represented my country or competed in any international event,” she said. “I was totally buzzing when I won silver!”

 

Lisa, who captains the ladies’ 1st team at squash and is also a qualified Personal Trainer, first became interested in weight training when she started a painting and decorating business and needed to lift heavy ladders. She moved into powerlifting and started entering competitions just over a year ago and is now ranked 4 for England overall and 3 for the bench press.

 

The England team is largely self-funded and a GoFundMe page started by Lisa’s friends and family raised the £2,000 needed in just six days. “I am totally humbled by everyone’s generosity and support,” said Lisa.

Julianne flies out for the new tournament season

Head Squash Professional Julianne Courtice, ranked 31 in the world, is heading out to Shanghai for the Chinese Open, her first date on the 2019/20 PSA World Tour season.

 

Julianne has been a member of The Northern since 2011 and plays for the both the men’s and ladies’ 1st teams. Her World Ranking has risen 20 places in just the last six months and this is a key season for her – can she break into the top 20? “Training has been going well and I’m ready for the next step!” she said.

 

From Shanghai she will fly to Nantes for the French Open, back up to Edinburgh for the European Club Championships, out to Philadelphia for the US Open and then back to Egypt for the World Championships, being played this year on a stunning outdoor glass court alongside the Pyramids at Giza.

 

She gets a break during Novermber, then it’s off again for the Hong Kong Open in December.

 

Follow her progress on either Squash TV or YouTube. And good luck Jules!

 

Squash Celebrates Best Ever League Season

2018/19 has been the most successful season ever for the Northern’s senior League teams.

In the Cheshire Ladies Squash League, the Northern 1st team have won the championship title for the fourth consecutive year.

And in the North West Counties Squash League, the men’s 3rd, 5th and 7th teams have all won promotion. Plus, the 3rd team won the overall 3rd Division title and the 5th team were runners-up for the 4th Division title. All the title playoffs were staged at the National Squash Centre and were followed by a glittering Grand Finals presentation night in the Etihad Stadium Legends Suite.

Meanwhile, the Northern juniors made their presence felt in the senior leagues – Northern 8, a development team composed largely of juniors with some as young as 11, competed for the first time in the NWCSL 5th Division and finished a respectable 6th out of 11 teams.

Junior Squash Teams Go From Strength To Strength

Our Junior teams are on fire as the season draws to an end. We’ve nicknamed our Junior Squash teams The Northern ‘Honeybadgers’  because of their fearless nature. They have all done fantastically well in the North West Counties Junior League against teams from Knutsford, St Helens, Tameside, Rochdale, Bowdon and Warrington.
In addition, Will Gregson, Luke Chadwick, Freddie Vaughan-Hawkins, Miriam Mulla, have won promotion to the 1st Division.
Our second team, Kate McNicholl, Seb Rancourt, Mikey Booth, Yara Soliman and Alex Rancourt maintained their position in the second division.
Our third team (all under 11 years old) Nichol Weatherston, Ali Al-Rifai, Rosie Chadwick, Perry Soliman also played extremely well against much taller opposition!
If you or your child is interested in representing the club in the next matches get in touch with the squash team.

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The Courtcare Northern Open 2019: A Review Of The Action

In a repeat of last year’s final, top seed Julianne Courtice successfully defended her Northern Open title against 5th seed Rachael Chadwick in front of a packed crowd of supporters.
Julianne, The Northern’s Head Professional, took the match 11-9, 11-9, 11-5 but the 3-0 scoreline belied a hard-fought match. Rachael had enjoyed a successful tournament, beating 4th seed Melissa Alves on her way to the final, and put Julianne under pressure from the start. But Jules played a solid and constructive game to win through and take her third PSA title.
And..

The Ian Stewart Cup 2019 produced a major rankings upset with Mike Harris (PSA ranking 240) taking the trophy with a 3-1 win over Miles Jenkins (179)

Running alongside the Courtcare Northern Open women’s tournament, the men’s PSA Satellite event was launched this year in honour of former Club President Ian Stewart, who sadly died last November.
The trophy itself was donated by the family and presented by Ian’s wife Norma – who had accurately predicted Mike’s eventual success after watching his semi-final victory over Harry Falconer!
Plus..

World no 7 Laura Massaro held a clinic on motivation in sport at the Northern, ahead of the finals of the Courtcare Northern Open and Ian Stewart Cup on 31st March.

She described her own route to success, and discussed the psychology of sport and the concepts of ‘coachability’ and personal branding with an audience of around 30 women and girls from the Northern and surrounding clubs.
After the presentation, Laura signed autographs before helping Head Coach Anna Vaughan with an hour-long coaching session, sharing her warm-up routine and having a hit with the players.
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Courtcare Squash Tournament Starts

The Tournament starts, with Year 6 children from a local primary school enjoying their first taste of professional squash during the first round of the Courtcare Northern Open in Manchester today.
After a session with Northern Head Coach Anna Vaughan Hawkins, the youngsters crowded onto the show courts to watch Ooi Kah Yan (Malaysia ) play Celine Walker (Switzerland). Ooi won a close-fought match 3-1.

Easter Summer Camps

Easter Summer Camps.

Is your kid a racquet fanatic?
Well, if so, The Northern is the place for them this Easter. We have two excellent Easter camps for young Tennis and Squash players.

First up, we have our Tennis Junior camp taking place w/c Monday 8th – Friday 12th of April and also on Monday 15th – Thursday 18th of April. Designed for children 8 years up to 16 years, for all abilities with lunch and soft drink included. Starting at £31 a day.
Click here for more details

If you are more of a Squash fan, we have a 3-day camp, taking place Tuesday 9th – Thursday 11th of April. It will be coach by Annette Pilling, a former Junior England Squash Coach. There are only 12 spaces available so to secure your place, please book through our reception, at a cost of £30 per day for members, £35 for non-members.

That’s Easter – sorted.

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The Courtcare Northern Open