The UK Midlands Squash Championships (UKMSCH) will take place at MOD Stafford, Beacon Barracks, Gymnasium 1, ST18 0AQ, on the 5th Dec 19 starting at 0900hrs. The aim of the competition is to bring Squash players from the region together in one location and promote the ‘Habit of Sport’ throughout the AOR.
The RAPTC Squash Championships will take place at 16th Signal Regiment on Fri 13 September 19. The event is open to all standards and any novices within the Corps who are interested in taking up Squash are strongly encouraged to attend.
The event is timed to coincide with the RAPTC Service of Remembrance at the NMA the following day. The event is also open to retired members of the Corps.
For further information contact: SSgt (SSI) A Stoby: email@example.com | Mil: 95551 7862 | Civ: 01785 787862
Shrewsbury Squash & Racketball Club and Shropshire Squash Club are holding a Grassroots/Novice Squash Festival and have invited participants from all 3 Services to enter. This festival is an ideal opportunity for grassroots and novice female military (incl reservist) personnel to learn a new sporting skill and encourage squash participation within the Army; be exposed to competitive squash within a fun and friendly environment to develop the ‘will to win’, a key component of success on the battlefield. No prior experience of playing squash is necessary.
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The Championships will consist of 2 events: a Major and a Minor Unit Competition. The criteria for Major or Minor units is laid down in para 5.080 to AGAI Vol 1 Ch 5. Units should check the relevant policy document before submitting their entry and if in doubt, check with the undersigned before submitting entry paperwork. Note also that units (including Headquarters) are determined by the formal PIDs that make up the establishment; not simply by geographic proximity. For convenience the key paras are:
a. Major Unit. A Major Unit is defined where the unit, or group of amalgamated units, have a total established strength of 300 personnel or greater.
b. Minor Unit. A Minor Unit is defined where the unit, or group of amalgamated units, have a total established strength of 299 personnel or less.
Entries. Units wishing to enter are to complete the entry form at Annex A and return to the AS...
Last month at the Inter-Corps Championships, SquashSkills signed the Armed Forces Covenant and became Army Squash's newest partner. As part of that partnership, SquashSkills has offered all Corps level players within the Army the chance to use SquashSkills for free; they understand that given how dispersed and busy you all are, training can be difficult, and organising collective training almost impossible. They hope that using SquashSkills might provide some extra help and support for both individual and group training.
SquashSkills are providing all Corps Players with three months free membership, and a discount thereafter for anyone who would like to continue to use the service. This can be accessed via your Corps secretaries. Please get in touch with them and ask to be added!
Following the arrival (and departure) of the ‘Beast from the East’ and a little bother with the Russians in Salisbury, the final event in the ASRA calendar took place from Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 March 18. Teams from far and wide (and in this case we really do mean far, with one intrepid group travelling from Brunei) gathered at the Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre for the ASRA Major and Minor Unit Cup competitions. Even the sports centre itself seemed willing to play a part in providing a great competition. Previous problems with temperature and humidity seemed like a bad dream as the on-court temperatures rose from “mild” through to “toasty warm” over the 3 days.
The Minor Unit event saw 5 teams playing each other in a round robin format which produced some hard-fought matches. The MPS managed to field not one but 2 teams, which makes you wonder who was actually looking after the inmates at MCTC Colchester during this week? Despite being led by the Captain of the Army...
With over 150 entries across 7 events, this year would prove to be one of the most strongly contested and successful in recent history. The range of players was impressive; from the Army No1 and Ex World ranked player Capt Sam Miller to first time novice Spr Matt Holt. Every event was highly competitive, with special mention to the Novice events which were particularly close and hard fought.
The early rounds of each competition divide the players between the main event and the plate competitions, allowing the players to be ‘sorted’ into evenly matched cohorts and ensuring at least a minimum of a couple of matches over 3 days. With the early rounds complete it was down to business.
The Open had the Army’s best players doing battle for top honours. There were no surprises in the first few rounds with all top 8 seeds making it to the quarter...