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Introduction
The Masters Committee was set up as a Sub Committee of England Squash in 2004 by Martin Pearse.

Martin, a long-standing English County and International player, had railed at the lack of opportunities for a large portion of Masters Players to be recognised for international Selection, the England Team being solely selected by one man, Eric Cruttenden, from a very small list of matches, primarily the Open and Closed, and from a clique of well known players.

This started to change when Martin introduced M50 Home International in 1997 and was responsible for England age group teams playing in South Africa under the guise of the Veterans Club of Great Britain.

England Squash in 2004 agreed to have a fundamental change after Martin approached them.

Immediately introduced in 2004 was the England Squash Masters Website with Regional Tournaments being arranged. To gain selection, players had to really work for their caps and put their heads above the parapet.  To achieve an international Cap a player has to finish in the top 4 of the points, gained by doing well in the 6 Regional and 2 International Tournaments.

Now, 14 years later, the Masters Regionals number 6 in total, all full to logistical capacity and very expertly run by Martin and his Committee: Mike Clemson (Hon. Secretary), Dave Harden (Home Internationals), Robert Smith, Steve McLoughlin (Treasurer), Brian Brock (Event Coordinator), Nick Sheppard, John Gliddon, Stuart Hardy, Alison Goy and Zoe Shardlow. England Squash Masters are still, after 14 years, by far the largest, most successful and most progressive Masters Network and Circuit in the World, with England consistently leading the way for Gold Medals (plus Silver and Bronze) in major International and World Championships.

Martin, who also founded England Cricket: www.60CC.co.uk in 2008 has resigned his position as he has set up Masters Sport UK, an umbrella organisation representing 40 plus Masters Sports, to be turned into one large brand name for the benefits of the organisations themselves, plus their individual members
Aims
  • To lead the development of the Masters’ game in England (and the UK where relevant).
  • To advise the Board of Directors on strategic and policy aspects of Masters’ Squash.
  • To increase and widen participation in Masters’ events.
  • To work closely with the Chief Executive and his/her staff in the development, management and delivery of Masters’ Squash in England (and the UK where relevant).
  • An England Squash Member is defined as a Master if he or she is 35 years of age and older.
Terms of Reference
  • To establish and develop effective communication channels with Masters players in England and elsewhere.
  • This will include an England Squash Masters web-site with links to other web-sites.
  • To promote the game of Squash generally and the Masters game in particular.
  • To review, develop and assist in a competitive programme of events.
  • To encourage and increase participation in Masters' events at all levels.
  • To oversee and manage Home International events and any other International events involving England Masters teams.
  • To establish clear selection criteria and processes for England teams at Masters’ level.
  • To establish and strengthen sustainable links with other nations at Masters’ level and contribute to the development of Masters’ Squash internationally.
  • To raise the profile of Masters’ Squash.
  • To work with ESR and attract sponsorship for Masters’ events and other initiatives.
  • To provide support for other areas of the game of Squash, including coach education, refereeing and volunteering where appropriate and relevant.

Click here to view the revised Terms of Reference which will be presented for agreement at the Players Meeting to be held on 9th June 2017.


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