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 West Midlands- July 2013 
Regional Manager Headline 

Dear All,

Welcome to July’s issue of the West Midlands newsletter. Once again we have lots to report on from another busy month.
As the temperatures have soared across the region throughout July, the action has also been heating up on court! At the end of June the National Racketball Championships took place at the newly refurbished Edgbaston Priory Club. Many of the region’s players took part and claimed titles across a number of age groups. The region’s most successful player was Bett Dryhurst who defended her title in the women’s O60’s to claim her 26th successive title in the National Racketball Championships. Well done to Bett and everyone that competed from the West Midlands.
The Big Hit tour made its way to Birmingham this month with a retail unit in The Square Shopping Centre being the location for the pop up squash shop. Over 200 people tried squash and racketball over the three days, with the majority of people playing the sports for the first time. Read on to find out how Birmingham took to The Big Hit shop. Thank you to those coaches and clubs that were part of the event and are currently running Big Hit promotions.
A trend seems to be taking over the West Midlands at the moment with more squash courts ‘popping up’ across the region’s clubs and facilities. The region is going though a period of dramatic change with funding being secured through various sources (including Sport England) and new squash courts being built to enhance the capacity within hot spot squash and racketball areas. Recent new builds include the multimillion pound redevelopment at Edgbaston Priory Club, with ten new and refurbished courts; Kenilworth LTSC now has a show court which was opened back in June taking their total to six courts; Solihull Arden Club has just opened a sixth court with the official launch taking place this week. Shrewsbury Squash & Racketball Club is currently in the middle of their new court build taking the total number of courts to three, and finally, King’s Heath Squash Club has just received word that their Sport England Inspired Facilities application has been approved and they will now look to undergo a club redevelopment to help to increase and maintain existing membership at the Birmingham based club. There are many opportunities to refurbish and develop your club’s squash courts and clubhouses, mainly through Sport England grants and awards. If you would like to have the opportunity to enhance your club facility then please do not hesitate to contact me for more information.
I hope you enjoy reading this month’s newsletter. Please keep sending your news stories to the office and we will try to include them in our next newsletter.
Have we got your up to date contact details? Please ensure that you keep the ESR Regional Office informed of any changes in club contact details such as committee members and coaches, so that we can communicate effectively with you and your club.
In this issue
  • Big Hit University Programme
  • Big Hit Pop up Shop
  • Lilleshall, Silver Club Mark
  • Deaf Squash
  • School's Squash Workshop
  • National Racketbal Champs 2013
  • The SR Foundation
  • Birmingham Award
  • CSW Awards 2013
National News
New Look for Big Hit Uni Programme
The 2013 University Big Hit programme has been launched at the BUCS conference this month with a new modern and vibrant feel.
ESR work with Universities across the country to give students the opportunity to get involved in squash and racketball for the first time.  Students are offered 6-8 weeks of Big Hit coaching, a t-shirt and bag for an affordable £15.
The programme has already attracted hundreds of new players to take up the sports and is sure to go down well with Fresher’s in September!
ESR’s National Lead for Universities, Angela Cwaczko said: “It’s great to re-brand the student programme, I’m sure the offer and the branding will go down well in the student sector.  Every year the number of people playing squash and racketball in the university sector increases so hopefully the new academic year will be no different.”
If you want more information on the Big Hit University programme then please get in touch or visit
Regional News
Birmingham warms to racket sports in unique shopping centre sports facility
SHOPPERS at The Square Shopping Centrefound more than the usual fashion brands and phone shops between 11th-13th July when a temporary ‘high street’ squash and racketball court popped-up in the heart of Birmingham City Centre.
Few could resist the challenge of watching the live action through the shop windows whilst others took up the challenge and grasped a racket for a free introductory coaching session from local professionals, including world number 18, Sarah-Jane Perry.
“That was great fun,” said Neil Walker from Walsall. “I was shopping with my partner and we saw the crowd gathered around the window. When I saw it was sport I just had to have a go. I think the council should make more shops available to sports to do this, it makes sport interesting and accessible to people and it’s not like there aren’t enough empty shops these days.”
Ricky Wilby and his friends Daniel Thornwell and Ross Roberts are all sixth formers at Kings Norton Boys School and jumped at the chance to try racketball. “Brilliant,” said Wilby. “I love all sports but I have never had the chance to try racketball before. You have to move quickly and it tests your reactions, but in a fun way. I got a free voucher for a session and I’ll play it again.”
The Big Hit Campaign is a national programme by England Squash & Racketball which takes over redundant retail space and creates a temporary squash academy to put a racket in the hand of the shopping public. 

For more information on The Big Hit, visit
View the BBC's coverage of the Manchester Pop-up Shop HERE
Lilleshall Squash and Rackets Club awarded Silver Clubmark 

ESR West Midlands would like to congratulate Lilleshall Squash and Rackets Club for achieving the Silver Clubmark this month. Club Mark is a  universally acknowledged cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports clubs. It is awarded to a club which provides the right environment which ensures the welfare of membersand encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives.

An accredited club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages as well
as helping parents and carers know that they're choosing the right club for their young people.All clubs who are Clubmark Accredited must ensure that their accreditation is still valid. If your club mark was accredited more than three years ago, your accreditation needs to be renewed. Please contact the ESR West Midlands office and ask to speak to the Regional Manager if your Club mark needs renewing on 0121 415 8354.  
Supporting Deaf People to Play Squash
Deaf people will soon have more opportunities to play squash, as a new resource is being launched to pave the way to make the game more accessible.
The guide, Deaf-Friendly Squash, is the first of its kind and has been produced by England Squash & Racketball (ESR) in partnership with the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) and UK Deaf Sport (UKDS). The resource aims to show coaches how, through following simple steps, deaf people can be taught to play and enjoy squash.
Available at, the guide is accompanied by a video which features a range of signs to help coaches support deaf people who use British Sign Language (BSL) to communicate.

To celebrate the launch of the guide, a fun deaf squash open day will be held at Bishop Stortford Squash Club on 8 September for deaf children, young people and adults, with coaching taking place from 9.30 to 11.30am. The event will coincide with the EDSA Closed Championships and will offer deaf people an opportunity to see matches and meet players who are taking part, from 11.30 - 6pm.
For more information about the event, your readers can contact Amanda Robinson, 
School's Squash Coaching Workshop 

"School's Squash" is a club of over 120 members within the grounds and confines of Shrewsbury School. The Schools squash club is an independently ran (by members) local and membership based squash club. Back in June the club ran a coaching workshop over the weekend of the 22nd/23rd June with the help of Paul Carter and Alison Waters. It was a fun filled day with "lots of smiles" See the full story here. In addition to this a Leaders Awards ceremony is set to be held at School’s Squash Club on Saturday 31stAugust 2013, 10am – 4pm. If you would like to book a place please contact Martin Lee 

West Midlands success at National Racketball Championships 2013

Many congratulations to all the players from the region who participated in the National Racketball championships this month. The West Midlands had an overwhelmingly successful championships with many player reaching the later stages of their respective competitions including several winners and runner's up. 

Jaymie Haycocks- Winner of Men's Open 
Rob Shay- Winner of Men's 055's
Bett Dryhurst- Winner of Women's 060's 
Andy Murray- Winner of Men's 045's 

Mike Harris- Runner-up of Men's O40's
John Shingler- Runner-up of Men's O70's
Roy Burns- Runner-up of Men's O60's

Full story here

The Squash and Racketball Foundation 

The Squash and Racketball (SR) Foundation was setup with the objective of helping clubs nationwide get more people involved and participating in Squash and Racketball. The Foundation is proud to work closely with and have the full support of England Squash & Racketball. 
They will be running campaigns across the year for everyone to get involved in. The foundation may distribute funds, other times they may offer some encouragement and creative ideas to help along the way. For information about how you can apply for funding to raise awareness and participation in Squash and Racketball and about the SR Foundation please see the SR website.
The Birmingham Sports Awards 2013
This year, Champions (UK) PLC are responsible for organising the Birmingham Post Sports Awards 2013, taking place onThursday 19th September at the home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, Edgbaston Stadium.
The ceremony promises to be a glamorous evening of celebration and will see the involvement of many of the city's key organisations, businesses and clubs joining together to support the many sporting achievements across the city.
The awards promote the very best that sport can bring to a community on a local and regional level, and is sure to provide something truly exciting and memorable for Birmingham’s communities and sporting elite.
There are 12 categories up for nomination this year. These include: Sports Man of the year, Sports Woman of the year, team of the year, volunteer of the year and The Lifetime Achievement Award etc.
Nominations are open until Friday 2nd August. See the Birmingham Post Awards 2013 Website to nominate.

Click HERE to Nominate
Helen Browne
West Midlands Regional Manager 
England Squash & Racketball
Munrow Sport Centre
B15 2TT
M: 07872 343 381
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Peter Fozard 
West Midlands Regional Administrator
England Squash & Racketball
Munrow Sport Centre

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