Increasing Participation in Squash
England is the top nation when it comes to playing squash, but the number of participants is falling. Hopes are high that a new strategy will halt the decline.
Read more in this article from the Daily Telegraph.
Squash Report, December 2015
Injuries? Don't talk to me about Injuries...
As the winter season reaches the halfway point, read Phil's incisive, insightful report on how our Club heroes have fared so far! All the news, all the goss, all the injuries...all we definitely hope is that Santa brings our heroes 'Teach Yours Elf Squash for Christmas'! NOT to be missed...
Our Tennis World Cup
Sundridge Park held its very own version of the Rugby World Cup when Argentina, Ireland, Scotland and Australia faced off against each other on an overcast Sunday afternoon that was perfect for tennis. In the end, Ireland just edged out Scotland by one point.
Congratulations to the team of Daria, Frances, Peter and Jack. Best dressed team ended up being the team from Argentina (Peter, Dan, Carolyn and Sarah) while birthday boy Don picked up the award for best accent/support throughout the afternoon.
A huge thanks to Regina and Michelle for organizing the food afterwards. Hope to see you all there for the next event - a Christmas themed event at the beginning of December. Details to follow.
Squash Doubles Tournie October 18th 2015
As soon as the draw was made, it was clear to all that Stewart would have a tough time - being partnered with Gary 'Gazza' Church; George 464 and Stormin' Norm looked a very strong random coupling, as did Joel 'Pokerface' and Steve. But it was not to be, as the pundits were confounded. After the group stage of 3 matches per team, followed by the knockout stage, the Final was between the hitherto completely unfancied pairing of Matt The Gas and Vin (retired printer and renowned ex-chairman) versus the crowd favourities George Notso Wise and Tekin It Easy.
One nil to Vin & Matt, pulled back coutrageously to 1-1, George Notso Wise, possibly trying to do too much, covering all parts of the court, covering for his partner, could not prevent the loss of the next game - 1-2 down. Into what turned out to be a pulsating 4th game, Matt and Tekin It Easy trying their hardest to burst the ball, Vin stalwartly defending and keeping his end up, Notso in full flow, Team NotsoTek was stretching their lead, but slowly... surely, inexorably and despite the best efforts of the crowd and Stormin' Norman, our well respected Marker, were pulled back by Teama Grima, who eventually just...and it really was just...took it by the finest of margins...3-1 to Vin n Tek!
The Engraver having already been busy on SPARKS equivalent of the old claret jug - The Squash Honours Board - the names of the Winners were unveiled after a few well chosen words and presentation of champagne to Vin and Matt; well deserved winners!
A great afternoon, loads of fun, over three hours of squash and money also raised for SPARKS charity - almost, but not quite making up for the Mighty Ten Man Palace's defeat against the hapless Hammers, on Saturday!
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Our Exercise Classes
Unbelievably over £2,000 was raised at the Charity evening organised by Vin and Jan Grima and held at the Club on 5th September!
All the money raised through an auction, raffle and ticket sales helped towards the cost of installing a soft play area in Tiger Ward, the Children's paediatric oncology unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich and SPARKS research into children's illnesses.
A really really great evening was had by all...Read all about...
TIGER, Tiger Ward, shining bright
In Queen Elizabeth Hospital tonight,
Lots of smiles and loving care
For the children who are held so dear
An amazingly successful Disco and Thai Dinner Fundraiser was held at Sundridge Park Tennis and Squash Club on Saturday 5th September. Organised by Vince and Jan Grima, the Club was packed out with friends, family and Club members all determined to both enjoy the evening and raise funds for SPARKS - one of the Club’s longstanding charities, and, for a soft play area in Tiger Ward, at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich.
Prizes available in the auction included Dinner at Madhuwan, Bromley (Stewart being the highest bidder, who surprising everyone and no doubt feeling guilty about spending so much time playing squash at the Club, was desperately trying to make amends by taking long suffering wife Tina out for a nice meal).
The main prize was a pair of Theo Walcott's signed and unused football boots ('Unused?', we chortled to ourselves at the bar, 'knowing him, that means anything up to five games old, the way he plays'), for which our MC for the auction, Dave Ballard was the lucky(?) recipient, courtesy of spirited bidding by his glamorous spouse.
The other prize of note...to some...was two Chelsea tickets, which surprisingly even after being comprehensively and deservedly trashed by Crystal Palace in their last league match, still found a bidder willing to pay well in excess of three figures.
Dang's flavoursome fragrant Thai Curry was devoured enthusiastically as well as Jan's delicious Lasagne, and the DJ, providing background music at the early stages of the evening, then took centre stage after a few words from Dr Ildiko Schuller about Tiger Ward, a paediatric oncology shared care unit (POSCU) at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich. Tiger Ward, she passionately explained, works closely with the Royal Marsden Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College Hospital to provide chemotherapy and supportive care to children and their families who are being treated for a cancer diagnosis. Patients have direct access to Tiger Ward at all hours of the day and night and a friendly voice at the end of the phone offers support and advice whenever it is needed.
The evening also raised funds for one of the club's favorite charities – SPARKS, which funds pioneering children's research into any medical condition affecting children's health, from ground breaking research projects across the whole spectrum of rare diseases to research into the most common illnesses.
The evening raised well over £2,000 for the Tiger Ward soft play area project and Sparks charity and, as carriages arrived late in the evening, all those present departed with a smile on their face, having had a thoroughly enjoyable evening, in great company and also, having raised funds for two really worthwhile causes!
Well done to Vin and Jan, Jan's glamorous sisters and nieces, the always beguiling Tracey, taking care of matters behind the bar the ever willing and helpful Steve ably assisted by our wonderful new barmaid, Rachel, and of course thanks to Dang, the donors and all those involved in the organisation of a truly memorable evening!
Hoodies, T-Shirts, Polos
We are now extending the range of tops we offer – adding t-shirts and polos.
Choose what you want from http://www.tlaconsultancy.co.uk/spark/clubshop/ and download the form from http://www.tlaconsultancy.co.uk/spark/clubshop/clothing_order_form.pdf
Kent Closed Championships Glory
The Kent Closed Championships were held last week at Bromley Indoor Tennis Centre.
Our members grabbed lots of places on the list of winners...
Henry Whyte retained his Men’s Singles title and was runner-up in the Mixed competition.
Aaron Robinson won the boys 9 & Under
Daisy Carpenter won the girls 8 & Under
William Everett lost in the semi-final of the 12 & Under
Luke Ralph lost in the semi-final of the boys 10 & Under
Annabel Nuijens lost in the semi-final of the girls 8 & Under
Matt Doran won the Men's consolation event
Mollie Miller won the Girls 18 & Under consolation event
For a non-Performance rated club, this was a fantastic result! Well done to everyone else who participated too.
Regional Squash News
Competition Explained Part 1
Competition Explained Part 2
Competition Age Group Conversion Chart
Coach Education Dates
Grade 4 Winter County Tour Calendar 8U – 10U
Grade 4 Winter County Tour Calendar 12U – 18U
Grade 5 Winter County Tour Calendar 8U -18U
Improvements to rating system
New Competition Search
Winter 2012 info