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Hampshire Junior Squash Chairman’s Report April 2006 I am pleased to report that it has been a successful year for junior squash in Hampshire and I would like to thank those who have volunteered to make sacrifices of their time and other commitments to make it so, namely parents and volunteers. In the past we have relied on Ronnie Bull, but this year we have required a team replace her. In that team, we would like to thank Gina Crowcroft for taking on the Junior Leagues with the new LMS system and running it, as far as I am aware anyway, completely on her own. Also our thanks to Liz Burn for organising the County Junior Closed. Ronnie Bull and Gary Hales made important contributions and the tournament ran smoothly. There were lessons learnt and I hope that the Hampshire Junior Closed this year, which will be on the mainland, will have entries in in good time. As many of you will know, the Director of Guernsey Squash, Peter Bridgeman, asked the Hampshire Committee if the Junior Hampshire Closed could be held in Guernsey. It was thought to be a good idea and I was asked to carry out a full consultation exercise in order to give Peter a practical response. Although there were a few who welcomed the idea, there was very little response overall and there were serious concerns about how much it would cost. The Committee therefore decided to look into the cost in detail and I approached Bath Travel, who gave me information about both flights and buses/ferries. The cost was up to £90 per person, but what also effected the decision was the degree of supervision and organisation such an undertaking would involve. Instead and rather than replying in the negative, The Chairman of Hampshire Squash is making arrangements that will help to enable top junior Hampshire players to play in the Junior Guernsey Open. There was some excellent squash played in the Junior Hampshire Closed and I am glad that we have some strong girls coming through at under 15. I hope we shall get more and more entries this year and the years to come and that junior players will use the opportunity of playing in this event to demonstrate to County team managers and coaches that they are very much in contention for County places. Liz Burn may wish to speak more about the tournament this year. It was very good news that we were able to have a Girls under 15 in this year’s inter county championships. I believe it was as a result of telephone calls between Alison Henley of England Squash and Gina Crowcroft. That team is the only one to have reached the final stage of the inter counties and we are grateful to Simon Walker who volunteered to take on both that magnificent team and the girls under 13. I had barely sent the email about the vacancy, when Simon’s positive response came winging back to me instantly. We are also grateful to Gary Hinton, a busy man at Winchester Squash Club for not only coaching the boys under 19/17, but for enabling that squad to benefit from the superb facilities at his club. Gary Hales, another busy man, who is the England Squash appointed Hampshire Development Officer and coach at Beechdown, has carried on effectively with the boys under 15’s. Neil Dyke has worked and travelled with Gary to help coach and manage the team. Gary became the first Hampshire Development Officer to be appointed by England Squash and I would just like to reiterate the role he plays developing Mini Squash in Hampshire and thank him for the steps that have already been taken, not only by him but by other coaches in clubs throughout the County and Isle of Wight. We were delighted that Edd Pooley volunteered to manage and coach the boys under 13’s at the beginning of the season. Edd has fairly recently become a level 3 coach along with Gary Hinton, so it is gratifying that our junior county players are receiving that quality of coaching. Apart from girls under 19/17, we were well represented at the Junior Inter County Championships and results should be on the website. This year coaches organised their squad training sessions individually, because I wanted them to be done at coaches’ convenience. Unfortunately, this led to far too short notice being given to junior players and parents in particular. Next season therefore, I shall ask coaches to give as much notice of training sessions as possible with a minimum notice of one month. Our thanks must go to Brian Ward for the diligent way he runs the Coaching Association. Gary Hales does a considerable amount of work behind the scenes with Brian and I feel his contribution in this area should be recognised as well. There are a stalwart handful of coaches, who regularly attend the meetings, but Brian sends out all the relevant information to all the coaches in Hampshire, so that they know about vital courses coaches these days have to do for the mandatory coaching licence plus truly excellent workshops by Gary Batchelor. The Hampshire Committee is kept aware of these courses for coaches and, when sufficient notice is given, kindly pays half the fees. Discussion is also taking place about the idea of developing an elite squad of Hampshire junior players, in order to have more junior Hampshire players nationally ranked. There have been Junior Open Tournaments held in Hampshire at Winchester, Lee on Solent and Abshot. These events involve many junior players coming from all over the country and I feel that recognition should be given to all those volunteers, who organise these large events and sacrifice an entire week end to ensure they run smoothly. The mainstay of Junior Squash in Hampshire is undoubtedly the leagues, because it provides our junior players with competitive club squash throughout the season. As I said before, we are indebted to Gina Crowcroft, not only for agreeing to do it in the first place, but for setting up a completely new system and making it work. The Hampshire Cup ran alongside the leagues and it is thanks to Ronnie Bull and those who kindly helped her plus the organisers of the clubs that took part for providing our junior players with knock out team squash culminating in the cup final we have just had. Gina may like to speak more about the leagues and any other matters that have arisen during the season. I am sorry that Diana Gillen-Buchert, Hampshire Squash Child Care Officer, has given me her apologies, because she could have spoken about the important subject these days of Child Protection. Coaches have to be CRB checked as part of their licence, but I would be grateful if anybody else, who thinks that they might need to be, speaks to her about it to cover themselves in any situation they may find themselves in with junior squash players. Finally, but not least is the hobby horse I have about the need for junior squash players to cultivate good sportsmanship at squash in the same way as good manners in life. Respect for the referee comes to mind first, but it is also about respect for the game, our opponent and the spectators. I am sure the game could be enjoyed so much more by players, in particular, who could be so much more successful by focusing on their own performance, as well as referees and spectators. There is no point reporting what has happened without looking optimistically to the future. As well as learning from the the past, for example earlier entries for next season’s Junior Hampshire Closed and far more notice of Junior County squad training sessions, I hope we will communicate far better with each other, for example by using the website. It is great not only to hear about successes, but also merely about what is happening. I also hope better communication will work both ways, not only from organisers to players, but also from players to organisers. Everything that is arranged is done so for the benefit of players and the season’s calendar is usually roughly the same as previous seasons. Therefore players should not have to wait until a form is handed to them before they even think about entering any tournament. The aim is to make life much easier for all of us who are involved, so we can look forward to exciting times ahead.
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