Squash In The COVID-19 Crisis - Return To Play
Hi Folks,

Nearly there! As you are all aware we are getting closer to playing our fabulous game. Please read the following statement from England Squash, this will allow an understanding of what is, and what is not permitted.

Current status

With the UK moving to Step 3 of the COVID-19 Response – Spring ‘21 Roadmap on Monday 17 May, Sport England have confirmed that squash clubs and venues can reintroduce full court squash for adults and juniors from this date.
Our guidance has now been updated to interpret what it means for squash. Please note, further updates may be required once the full Government guidance has been released.

Back to Squash timeline

To help you plan your return, we’ve created a timeline to illustrate what squash’s phased return to the full game could look like in line with the Government’s four step roadmap out of lockdown. We’re working closely with Sport England and our partners to roll out guidance at each step whether you’re a club, venue, coach or player.

Step 3 Back to Squash guidance

The UK Government has announced that we will move to Step 3 of the COVID Spring Recovery plan on Monday 17 May and Sport England have confirmed that squash clubs and venues can reintroduce full court squash for adults and juniors.
Following the updated rules for indoor gyms and leisure facilities, squash clubs and venues are able to offer the following permitted activity: Players can get on court with multiple households and play full court squash e.g. best of five with tie-breaks, and singles and doubles (squash bubbles and modified versions not required).
The maximum number of players on court allowed are 4 adults or children.
Coach-led sessions can take place in any number (within the maximum venue capacity limit) but the maximum number of players on court allowed is 4 adults or 6 children. Coaches are allowed on court and are not included in the total number of players on court. Coaches can provide Out-of-School Setting activities to all children (6 max per court), with no restrictions on the total number in attendance.
Spectators are allowed to return, but must observe maximum of six people or two households as well as social distancing rules and wear face coverings.
Indoor bar/restaurant/cafe areas are allowed to open, and must follow the current UK Government guidance.
We've released version 7 of the Back to Squash guidance which reflects Government and Sport England guidelines. You should treat this as a new set of guidelines, familiarising yourself with all sections as there are changes throughout.

We look forward to seeing you back on court soon!
Keep well.
ESM Committee
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Malcolm Willstrop - Rest in Peace
Very sad news, that the legendary Squash Coach Malcolm Willstrop passed away on Monday.

There have been a host of much-deserved tributes from the greats of the game as well as family and friends. He was responsible for many players realising their potentials, from club players to World number ones. Seeing the courts full of players of various standards and Malcolm controlling it all from the balcony was a sight to behold.

From England Squash Masters we would all like to send our condolences to all Malcolm’s family and friends. He was a fixture at Pontefract Squash Club and always supportive of our Regional events there and made the presentations more than once. A larger than life character who lived for Squash and gave a tremendous amount to our game.

Thank you, Malcolm.  Rest In Peace

Stuart Hardy
Squash In The COVID-19 Crisis - 2021-2022 Provisional Calendar

As we are all aware by now, squash is due to return in the near future.

To that end, ESM have compiled a provisional calendar for tournament squash for 2021-2022 depending on current and future Government pandemic regulations and controls.

1st-3rd October 2021 - ESM Regional - North
5th-7th November 2021 - ESM Regional - Midlands
8rd-12th December 2021 - British Open Masters
14th-16th January 2022 - ESM Regional - East
9th-13th February 2022 - National Championships

The above dates and venues for all events will be confirmed once ESM have more information as to when we can all safely return to competitive squash.
Keep well and prepare for our return.

Stuart Hardy
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England Squash Masters Strava Group

As disappointing as it is that we are back in lockdown, ESM is still looking for ways to help our players keep fit and stay in touch with each other. Strava is a popular application which can be used to keep track of many fitness activities, as well as organising events and keeping in contact with friends. For our players who use Strava, we have created an England Squash Masters Strava Group which users can join and share their training activities. Please have a look and let us know how you are keeping fit through this winter!

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News: Mohammed ElShorbagy breaks his Egyptian exile but it doesn’t end well.
World Squash: The world squash community pays tribute to Hany Hamouda, the humble power behind Egyptian
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Thinking Out of The Box: Is Wall-Squash an important complement to Court-Squash? What should the rules be and all about Street Rackets.
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Workshop: News; Q&A; Tatical Errors Part 1; Mind Game and Perfect Practice; Rules Quiz; Marlowe on Shot Selection; Khan on Reading the Play; Coaches’ Corner with Peter Nicol; Hesham on Variations on the Swing; Danny Massaro’s philosophical look; Derek Ryan on Training Around Shoulder Pain.
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