Five junior girls from Sedgefield Squash Club recently represented Sedgefield Community College in the National Schools Squash Championships, and almost walked away as gold medal winners! It is the first time that the college has entered the competition, encouraged by the number of girls playing regularly at Sedgefield, and supported by the club’s coaching team. The club’s ladies’ champion, Jess Weatherspoon, was joined by ladies’ team regulars Jenny Walker and Lauren Prynn, plus Kate Wallace and Katelyn Craig, who completed the squad.
With early round draws against frequent finalists - and champions - from Dame Allan’s and Gosforth Academy Schools in Newcastle, expectations were realistically low, but fighting performances and victories against the other opposition, saw the college’s team qualifying for the KS4 Plate Finals at Nottingham’s prestigious Squash & Rackets Club. After a comfortable quarter final victory against Moreton Hall from Shropshire, the girls faced another boarding school, Downe House, from Berkshire, in the semi-final.
In a close fought encounter, the school came within one point of making the final, agonisingly losing by the narrowest of margins against the team that went on to win gold comfortably. The girls overcame their disappointment to easily win their third-place play-off and bring home bronze medals.
This is not only a fantastic achievement for the girls and the community college, but also a great reflection on the current health of both girls’ and junior squash at the club. Sedgefield boasts a record number of girls entering club competitions this year, and with some of the juniors now moving into the senior team, the future is looking bright.
Junior coaching takes place from 9:00am-1:00pm every Saturday during term-time, from September to July. If anyone is interested in getting involved, please contact the club via its website or email email@example.com.
As ever, membership enquiries should go to Sue Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.