Lisa Lifts for England

Club member Lisa Pilkington has been picked to represent England in the upcoming Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships in St John’s, Canada on September 15th – 21st.

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 discipline in which she’ll compete in Canada.

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. “I have wanted to represent my country ever since I can remember and am super-excited to get the chance.”

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.

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!

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

Cooking together Laughing Food Sorcery Didsbury

Foodie Fundraiser


Cook … eat … enjoy … and support professional squash at the Northern.

The Food Sorcery Cookery & Barista School is staging a special discounted Cooking Together event on Saturday 2nd March, with half the ticket price going to our Northern Open Tournament in March.

Led by a professional chef, you will learn to create your own fine dining experience before settling down to enjoy the results with your friends. Pudding is prepared for you – and they do the washing up!

The special discounted price of £50 per head includes a complimentary

glass of wine or beer on arrival and all the food you prepare. For a flavour of how it works follow the link:

Please book and pay at The Northern Reception.

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Squash News

Introducing a winter warmer for tennis players! A new Racketball Mix pay 'n play session has been launched on Thursday mornings, £3.50 for members, £5.50 for non-members. Less intense than squash, but a lot cosier than being out on a tennis court, racketball is an exciting challenge for any racquet player.


The Northern’s very own Head Professional Julianne Courtice has moved into the World Top 40! Jules has raised her World Ranking from 48 to 40 in just two months thanks to solid performances at The US Open, the Carol Weymuller Open and the Hong Kong Open, beating players ranked up to 20 places above her.