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Yarm going for bronze – ESR

Yarm Squash Club (YSC) proudly hosted its second England Squash and Racketball (ESR) sanctioned Junior Bronze Event on the weekend of 7-8th November 2015.

A mammoth 125 matches, 74 entrants over 8 different age categories with entries from Durham & Cleveland, Northumbria, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire! All four courts were in use on two squash-packed days. The tournament was an energetic and highly enjoyable weekend for all involved, with coveted ESR Rankings points at stake for the Boys & Girls U19s, U17s, U15s and U13s.

Representing the home club this year were Ben and Lucinda Cross, Sam and Will Gibbon, Daniel Scott and Toby Simpson. All played fantastic squash adding to the atmosphere of a great weekend of squash. Well done to you all.

Andy Cross took over the reins this year as tournament organiser and did a great job with a great team of helpers who worked hard all weekend. Thanks to all involved, you know who you are…

Once again we had fantastic support from our sponsor Ali Raine, Director of ‘Money Matters’ Independent Financial Advisors and Mortgage Consultants. His sponsorship ensured all entrants were given a souvenir shirt promoting YSC. Andy Cross also helped out with contributing towards the cost of great looking trophies for the winners and runners up and along with prizes from Dunlop of kit bags this was a great event to enter.

Trophies were awarded to the Winner and Runner-up in each category:

GU13s Winner: Rebecca Smith (Cumbria) & Runner-up: Katie Merlane (Northumbria)

GU15s Winner: Megan Evans (Northumbria) & Runner-up: Erin Vitty (Northumbria)

GU17s Winner: Lucinda Cross (D&C) & Runner-up: Grace Clark (Yorks)

GU19s Winner: Ellen Cooper (Yorks) & Runner-up: Lucy Soulby (Lincs)

BU13s Winner: Tom Miller (D&C) & Runner-up: Alistair Little (Northumbria)

BU15s Winner: Lennox Lockwood (Northumbria) & Runner-up: Will Gibbon (D&C)

BU17s Winner: Ben Cross (D&C) & Runner-up: Max Forster (Northumbria)

BU19s Winner: Michael Andrews (D&C) & Runner-up: Sam Broughton Northumbria)

Tournament organisers Andy Cross

It is hoped that running events like this at YSC will help to strengthen the junior section of the club. Sponsorship allows any profits made from entry fees to be set aside for development of our juniors and the future of the club. Hopefully we can promote new junior membership and with opportunities available to access group and individual squash coaching, it is hoped that our junior membership will continue to grow, ensuring a bright future for our club.

This event was sponsored by

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ESR Result

Many thanks to all the players and everyone who helped behind the scenes to make the ESR event another successful competition. The results from the ESR are available to download below.

ESR positions

Yarm hosts second Junior Bronze ESR event in November

In November 2015 Yarm will be hosting its second junior bronze England Squash event. Following the huge success of last years’ event the club decided, through popular demand, to do it all again!

The event takes place the weekend of 7th and 8th November and will see juniors from across the North, and the rest of the country, compete in various age categories

Last years’ event was hugely successful for a first time event, with lots of positive feedback about the organisation and warm welcome received by the club (the bacon butties seemed to go down well too!) and we’re hoping this year will be even bigger and better!

If you want to enter the competition please click link below to download the entry form.

Bronze ESR event download

Below is the current draw and info for the ESR event.

Tournament information

Girls Under 19

Girls Under 17

Girls Under 15

Boys Under 19

Boys Under 17

Boys Under 15

Boys Under 13


A grand opening for Yarm Sports and Social Club’s new entrance

Yarm Sports and Social Club officially unveiled its new entrance in July, with local MP and Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton in attendance to do the honours. The facility had received £50,000 in funding from Sport Entrance to make the improvements to the club and what a difference they have made!

The entrance is now brighter and better than before, with much improved disabled access which now includes disabled toilets and a stair lift to the bar.

James Wharton said: “This is a great facility and is well used. The improvement this investment has made possible will secure its future for years to come and are a credit to all those at the club who have worked hard to deliver the funding and oversee the building work.

“It is great to be asked to perform the official re opening of facilities which have been given such an impressive new lease of life.”

We certainly agree!

The changing face of our changing rooms

The squash club recently received a £50,000 lottery grant from Sport England to update and refurbish the changing rooms. Thanks to the time and dedication of several members of the club, the new changing room were completed it September 2014. They look great, with modern and clean designs that provide a pleasant place to shower and change after a tough game


Men’s first team do it again

Well done to the men’s first team who have won a second successive league one title, romping home against main rivals Bannatynes, with a game to spare!

The boys have played excellent squash throughout the season, and this convincing win is testament to the time and efforts spent on the squash court.

Let’s see if they can make it a hatrick this season. The boys play their home matches on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm, so come down to support them and see some of the best squash in the area, you might even pick up some tips!

Not to be outdone, the men’s second team also won promotion to the 2nd division, making it another successful season for the club

Celebrating success at the Durham and Cleveland awards

It’s been another great season for the club, so it’s no surprise that it was another great night at the annual county awards presentation.

With the men’s first team collecting the league one title, the men’s second team taking the third division, the ladies friendly team winning the friendly league and the U15s victorious in their league it really was a night to remember.

As well as team successes, we also had a number of individual awards. Andy Cross was named division 1 Player of the Year, his son Ben was named Division 3 Player of the Year AND Junior of the Year (he’ll surely be catching his Dad up soon?) PLUS, Yarm Legend and honorary member, Yawar Abbas was named Player of the Year for his contribution to Durham and Cleveland squash.

What a night!

Check out our new website!

If you’re reading this you’ve probably noticed the website has just undergone a complete makeover!

Now even bigger and better before the new look site provides a fresh and modern feel for a club that is always looking to the future and how to improve its offering to members.

The website still has the same functions, you can book your courts and get in touch with us, as well as keep up with the latest news, competitions and social events.

Our team co-ordinator Paul Robinson is responsible for the new design and we think he’s done a great job!