Juniors Update – April 2015

The junior section of the club is doing well with 32 members. On any given Saturday morning, 16–24 of these will attend the club session which is a high figure when compared to other clubs in Kent, with those absent often being due to their playing in tournaments, representing the county/region or doing regional training.

The club has seen an increase in its juniors representing the county / region and also winning prestige tournaments. This was reflected when Maidstone’s Tom Godfrey played for Kent U11’s as the no. 1 string and the team finished 3rd in the country out of 32 counties at ESR’s U11 Festival in Nottingham.

Maddy Hill and Karishma Bansal were in the Kent U13 girls’ team who finished 2nd in the Inter Counties 2014/15 Tournament, Yemaya Phillips Smith was in the U19 Girls team who were the National Champions in the same tournament. Brad Masters who now assists with coaching on Saturday when available has now represented England at U19 level with brother Josh playing on the PSA circuit and in the PSL.

Maidstone Juniors are fielding 3 teams in the Kent Junior League this season and are on track to win their respective divisions. Team squash allows our junior to develop their skills and play against the leading county players thus creating a pathway for all juniors to follow from beginners to elite squash players.

2015 has seen Maidstone Squash Club pilot the first Primary School Academy in Kent. It has 18 Year 4 pupils from Roseacre School playing in 2 groups once a week on a Monday or Wednesday at the club. This link is important as it promotes Maidstone squash club to the local community and also attracts new members from the parents as well as the juniors themselves. It is hoped to extend these academies to other schools in the future.