Nine of the most talented junior squash players have been selected to represent England in the World Junior Championships in Doha, Qatar next month.
One of the six boys will be hoping to emulate Nick Matthew’s win at the senior World Open last year in Rotterdam, when he won the title for the second time securing his position as one of the greatest squash players of all time.
The Boys Team Championship follows the individual events and under the guidance of Assistant National Coach David Campion the team will be hoping to challenge favourites Egypt for the team title.
“Egypt are the favourites but we’ll be hoping to give them a real challenge, we don’t see why we can’t make the final. It’s a fantastic opportunity for all of the boys to represent their country and I know they’re all relishing the chance to impress,” said Campion.
The individual event takes place between the 7-12 July with the team event starting on the 13 July and concluding on the 18 July, four of the six boys who are competing in the individual event will be selected for the team squad.
In preparation for the event the squad will be playing in test matches at St.George’s Hill Squash Club in Surrey on Thursday 28 & Friday 29 June.
The matches will be against a selection of former top players and spectators are welcome free of charge.
“It would be fantastic if local clubs and players could support the test matches at St George’s Hill and come and watch some of our top junior players, it would give them a great boost before heading out to Qatar,” added Campion.
Boys individual selection (four to be selected for team event):
Ollie Holland – age 18 – Nottinghamshire
Tom Ford – age 18 – Gloucestershire
Richie Fallows –age 16 – Essex
Ashley Davies – age 17 – Derbyshire
Matt Sidaway – age 17 – Lancashire
Lyle Fuller – age 16 – Devon
Girls individual selection:
Emily Whitlock –age 18 – Cheshire
Victoria Temple-Murray – age 17 – Devon
Hannah Williams – age 18 – Cheshire