LSRC announce 50th Anniversary Celebration

This year, Lilleshall Squash and Racketball Club will be celebrating their 50th anniversary, following their original establishment in 1969, and we are inviting all past and present club members and their families to a celebration evening on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

The event will be hosted at The Wheatsheaf Inn, Chetwynd Aston, Newport, TF10 9LF, from 7:30pm on Saturday 22nd June 2019 and there will be a free BBQ (provided by the Committee), cooked by Tosh – the Wheatsheaf’s landlord – in addition to live music and plenty of drinks at the well-stocked bar.

If you are able to attend this event, then please contact Roy Fisher, LSRC Club Treasurer, so he can let the caterers know about approx numbers. Roy is available to call on 01952 255885 or alternatively he can be emailed via royafisher@btinternet.com.

Please pass the event details on to anyone you know who might previously have been a member of the club and would like to join us.

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Charity Racketball tournament raises over £800

Lilleshall Squash and Racketball Club hosted an enormously successful Charity Racketball Tournament on Saturday 6 April 2019, raising over £800 for The Lingen Davies Cancer Unit, based at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

The tournament, which was initiated by Les Bywater, an LSRC Club Member, who recently underwent treatment himself at the Lingen Davies unit and has since gone into remission, was extremely well attended by club members and their friends, families and work colleagues.

A friendly atmosphere welcomed the players and spectators and this was followed by a good spirited and competitive tournament. Many thanks to those who contributed to the refreshments and snacks, the generous donations of raffle prizes and the purchase of raffle tickets.

Les, who was supported on the day by his wife Helen and son Luke, should be very proud of their family’s initiative to raise money for the Prostate Cancer unit over in Shrewsbury and when the money was counted up on the day – we collectively raised over £800, with the total continuing to rise, following the conclusion of the tournament, by £300, to reach a grand total of £1,100.

Les Bywater presents the Lingen Davies unit with a cheque worth £1,100, outside the hospital in Shrewsbury.
Les Bywater presents the Lingen Davies unit with a cheque worth £1,100, outside the hospital in Shrewsbury.

The tournament, which was organised with support from Club Vice-Chairman Andy Reed, was held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, near Newport, Telford. The tournament featured 20 players, who performed in four teams of five.

The Gold medals went to Team McClelland, Silver to Team Redstone and Bronze to Team Bywater, with Team Westwood receiving the Wooden Spoons. A huge thank you must go to Pete Williams, who very generously supplied the medals and was on-hand to present them to the tournament participants.

The tournament concluded with a lovely departing message from Les, along with the medal ceremony and raffle draw.

A spokeswoman for Lingen Davies said: “Well done to Les and Helen Bywater for organising a charity racketball tournament at their local squash club in Lilleshall. They raised a fantastic £1,100 from participant contributions and a raffle, with some very generous prizes.

“This will help us towards raising our final £68,000, to get to £1.2 million by June 2019.”

You can donate to the Lingen Davies charity fund over at Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/lingendavies

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Lilleshall SRC B Team reach Shropshire Cup final

The Lilleshall SRC B team reached the final of the Squash Division C Cup last weekend and will contest the trophy as part of Shropshire Squash’s Finals Night on Friday 5 Apr 2019 at the Shropshire Squash Club in Shrewsbury.

The Shropshire Squash Club will open their doors this Friday ahead of the grand final matches, which will start promptly at 6:00pm. Teams and their spectators are encouraged to arrive early to avoid any unnecessary delays to the proceedings.

Lilleshall SRC B will face Llanfyllin SC C in their final match, having overcome Shropshire SC E with a 3-2 win in their semi-final match last Saturday evening. That match also took place at the Shropshire Squash Club, which is based near Shrewsbury School in Kingsland.

The Squash Division A and B Cup Finals will also be taking place on the same evening, with some of our county’s best squash players taking part. The A Cup Final will feature Bishops Castle A v Llanfyllin SC A and the B Cup Final will involve Shropshire SC C v Brookside A.

There will be trophies presented after the conclusion of the cup finals to the winning teams and the Squash League championship winning sides will also be presented with their silverware.

The League(s) trophy presentation will also take place as follows:

  • Racketball league: Winner – TBC
  • Squash Division 1: Winner – Llanfyllin A. Runner Up: Wolverhampton A
  • Squash Division 2: Winner – Bridgnorth. Runner Up: Brookside A
  • Squash Division 3: Winner – Unfortunately we are unable to present Division 3 trophies as the League Division 3 does not complete until after the finals night. Division 3 trophies will therefore be presented at the End of Season Review Meeting (ESRM) on the 9th May 2019 at the Shrewsbury SRC (by kind permission).

Supporters are very welcome. Come and support your team. The bar will be open and nibbles have been arranged. You can enter SY3 7AP for your Sat Nav.

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LSRC to stage charity fundraising racketball tournament

Lilleshall Squash and Racketball Club will be hosting a charity racketball tournament on Saturday 6 April to raise funds for ‘The Lingen Davies Cancer Unit’ based at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, which provides care and treatment for Prostate cancer patients.

The tournament was initiated by Les Bywater, an LSRC Club Member, who recently underwent treatment himself at the Lingen Davies unit and has since gone into remission. Les was determined to ‘give something back’ to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and as a regular racketball player, he decided to channel his passion for sport and help to raise money for charity.

Les said: “This time last year I was playing racketball and cycling 30 miles a week. I felt fit and well and was enjoying life. I decided to change GP surgery and was advised to have some blood tests, one of which was a PSA (Prostate -Specific Antigen) test.

“It turned out I had aggressive prostate cancer, which is how I was introduced to the Lingen Davies Cancer Unit based at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. All the staff within Lingen Davies from the reception and admin, to nursing staff and Radiographers and Oncologists are wonderful. They are kind and patient – nothing is too much trouble. I spent seven-and-a-half weeks travelling to Shrewsbury every day for radiotherapy.

“The Lingen Davies Cancer Unit has three Linear Radiotherapy Machines, which were funded by The League of Friends based at The Princess Royal and The Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals. These machines are running all day Monday to Friday, treating approximately 100 patients per day. Eventually these machines will need to be updated and replaced.

“On February 28th 2019, I was given the good news that I have had an excellent response to treatment. So, as I have always loved to play squash and now racketball, I thought it would be the perfect way to give something back to The Lingen Davies Cancer Unit by organising a Racketball Competition.”

The tournament, which is being organised with support from Club Vice-Chairman Andy Reed, will be held on Saturday 6 April 2019, from 10:30am – 1:30pm at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, near Newport, Telford. The tournament will feature 20 players, who will be performing in four teams of five. Les will be taking part in the event, alongside his son Luke and wife Helen.

Each player will be donating a £10 entry fee and refreshments (i.e. sandwiches) and medals will be provided for the competitors. Supporters are more than welcome to attend the event too and they have the option of providing a donation to the charity. You can donate to the Lingen Davies charity fund over at Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/lingendavies

A raffle ticket prize draw is also taking place following the conclusion of the tournament and strips of raffle tickets are available to buy from Andy Reed and Helen Bywater for £5 per strip. Andy and Helen are available to approach about tickets on Wednesday evening club nights.

Local companies and other generous individuals affiliated with the club have contributed prizes for the draw, and these prizes include:

  • £50 online voucher – Just Rackets
  • HEAD Racket Bag – HEAD UK
  • 1 Year’s free Club Membership – LSRC
  • Beauty treatment voucher – Tranquillity, St Georges (via Dave Diss)
  • Sweatshirt – Lilleshall National Sports Centre
  • Meal voucher for the Woodbridge Inn Pub – Woodbridge Inn Pub, Ironbridge
  • (Flowers Hanging) Basket Geni – Jacky Williams
  • Bottle of Bells whiskey – Les Bywater
  • Bottle of wine – Andy Reed
  • Bottle of wine – Paul Evans

In addition, Lilleshall National Sports Centre has kindly agreed to cover the costs of the court lights for the duration of the tournament and Pete Williams has also sponsored the purchase of the medals and trophy for the event.

Confirmed Teams:

(A) Team McClelland (Wearing WHITE)

  1. Steve McClelland
  2. Paul Evans
  3. Joel Reed
  4. David Frost
  5. Hazel Johns

(B) Team Bywater (Wearing BLUE)

  1. Luke Bywater
  2. Dave Johns
  3. Les Bywater
  4. Chris Cooper
  5. Helen Bywater

(C) Team Redstone (Wearing RED)

  1. Kevin Redstone
  2. Stuart Moore
  3. Ian Roberts
  4. David Diss
  5. Elaine Evans

(D) Team Westwood (Wearing BLACK)

  1. Gary Westwood
  2. Pete Langston
  3. Tim Mansell
  4. Andy Napier
  5. Tony Waldron

First Round Match-Ups:

SEMI-FINAL – MATCH ONE
Court 4: 10:30am

Team McClelland vs Team Westwood

Steve McClelland v Gary Westwood
Paul Evans v Pete Langston
Joel Reed v Tim Mansell
David Frost v Andy Napier
Hazel Johns v Tony Waldron

SEMI-FINAL – MATCH TWO
Court 5: 10:30am

Team Bywater vs Team Redstone

Luke Bywater v Kevin Redstone
Dave Johns v Stuart Moore
Les Bywater v Ian Roberts
Chris Cooper v Dave Diss
Helen Bywater v Elaine Evans

BRONZE MEDAL PLAY-OFF MATCH
Court 5: 12:00pm (Approx. Time)

Losing Team of SEMI-FINAL ONE vs Losing Team of SEMI-FINAL TWO

GOLD/SILVER MEDAL MATCH
Court 4: 12:00pm (Approx. Time)

Winning Team of SEMI-FINAL ONE vs Winning Team of SEMI-FINAL TWO

Tournament Rules:

  1. Each racketball team has been seeded from 1-5, with the number one seeds acting as team captains.
  2. The corresponding seeds from each team will contest games against each other, e.g. 5 v 5, 4 v 4 and so on, all the way through to 1 vs 1.
  3. The fifth seeds will always start off each match and the team order will then run through, finishing with 1 v 1.
  4. All team matches are best-of-five games, i.e. you will require three (or more) members of your team to win their respective games to win the match. Possible match scores therefore could be 3-2, 4-1, or 5-0.
  5. Each game will feature a two minute warm-up period on court. This two minutes will start and end on a buzzer operated by the tournament organiser. Players can also warm-up on Courts 1-3 (if available) prior to their games.
  6. Each game will last 15 minutes exactly, with the start and end of the game indicated by a buzzer operated by the tournament organiser.
  7. The normal rules of racketball will apply during game, with PARS (Point-A-Rally-Scoring) in operation.
  8. However, each game will not be played with traditional racketball scoring (e.g. a game up to 11 points), but instead will carry on straight the way through the full 15 minute time allocation, with PARS in operation.
  9. To win a game, you must simply be leading your opponent when the 15 minute buzzer sounds, e.g. 32-20.
  10. Should a game end in a draw, e.g. 24-24 points-all, then the player who reached 24 first would be deemed the winner.
  11. After the conclusion of a game, the next available seeds should be waiting to walk straight on court for their allocated warm-ups. This will ensure we keep on track with timings.
  12. Markers will be on-hand to keep the scores during matches and they will make decisions on let/stroke calls. Markers will be independent, i.e. not part of either team contesting a match. The marker’s decision is always final.

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LSRC to close early for the Christmas break

The Club will be closing down for the Christmas holidays slightly earlier than normal this year on Friday 14th December due to essential maintenance work which is being carried out on our courts. This work has been commissioned and coordinated by Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

The maintenance work will start from midday on Friday 14th December and will involve all five of our courts undergoing various fixes to the floors and walls. The work is due to be completed before the Club reopens again in the New Year on Wednesday 2nd January 2019. Members will therefore be unable to book courts through the Centre during this time period.

The following Club activities will be affected by the maintenance work:

  • Junior and Adult coaching sessions on Saturday 15th December 2018.
    • The coaching sessions will start again from Saturday 5th January 2019 at the usual times.
  • Club nights on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th December 2018.
    • The first Club night of the New Year will take place on Wednesday 2nd January.
  • Our B Team’s (home) squash match against Shrewsbury SRC ‘F’ on Thursday 20th December 2018.
    • This match will be rescheduled and Martin Powell, our B Team Captain, will inform his squad of any developments.
  • The various tournament finals which were due to be played on Wednesday 19th December 2018.
    • These finals will be rescheduled for the New Year and competitors will be notified about new dates by our Chairman, Paul Evans.

The Club would like to pass on their sincerest apologies to our members for any inconvenience this news has caused, particularly to the members who were planning on playing either squash or racketball with us next week, but the news of this maintenance work and early closure only came through to the Committee yesterday from the Centre’s management team.

We’d like to thank all our members for another fantastic year of support and the Committee would like to pass on our wishes to everyone for the festive season ahead.

Merry Christmas and we hope to see you all in the New Year, when the Club will be celebrating its landmark 50th Anniversary – a huge milestone that we plan to celebrate in style during the summer.

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Squash Ladder – Challenge Anyone!

The internal squash ladder has been running since September 2018 and it’s great to see that so many club members have supported this new initiative and taken part in some closely contested matches.

For those who are unfamiliar with the squash ladder format, we have an important rule which stipulates you can only challenge up to six players above you in the ladder, e.g. Player #30 can only challenge up to Player #24 – but no higher.

However, as we’re entering the festive month of December, as a Christmas bonus to our playing community, we have decided to waiver this ‘Six-Up Rule’ throughout December, meaning that from Saturday 1st Dec, players can challenge anyone in the ladder, irrespective of their current ranking status.

For example, if you are currently ranked #40 in the ladder and you’ve always wanted to have a crack at a player from the Top Ten, then this is your chance to do so. If you’re ranked mid-table and want to challenge our current Club #1 (Keith Hansell), then now you can do so.

All the normal ladder rules will remain exactly the same, with the exception of the ‘Six Up’ stipulation. So, from next month, this is your opportunity to climb the ladder swiftly and establish your new ranking.

The ‘Six Up’ rule will return from Tuesday 1st Jan 2019.

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‘Pitch and Play’ to move to Weds nights

The final Thursday night ‘Pitch and Play’ squash session will take place in its current format on 1st November 2018.

After this time, the session will be moving over to Wednesday nights at 7.30pm, starting from 7th November 2018 onwards.

This will ensure regular ‘Pitch and Play’ participants have access to our glass back squash courts at all times throughout the year, allowing for a more sociable atmosphere, and the session won’t clash directly with our B team’s county league home matches, which take place on Thursday nights and previously meant ‘Pitch and Play’ participants were moved down on to the ‘Corridor Courts’.

The club’s court booking sheets will be updated accordingly by LSRC committee members to reflect this change.

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New coaching initiative to begin in Nov 2018

Lilleshall Squash and Racketball Club are launching a new coaching initiative next month to provide local juniors and adults of all ages and abilities with the opportunity to learn how to play the sport.

The club, who are based within Queen’s Hall at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre, near Newport in Telford, have partnered with Courtney Downing, a Level 4 Professional Coach, who has represented the England over 40s international team during recent years.

Downing, a ten-time Shropshire county squash champion, who has been involved in the sport since he was 8 years-old, will be providing three expert coaching sessions to a range of different age groups on Saturday afternoons starting on 3rd November 2018.

“The idea of these coaching sessions is to give people, who may not have tried the sport before, an introduction to the game and the opportunity to try it out for themselves,” said Downing.

“We’re encouraging people of all ages and abilities to take part in a great sport that is excellent for fitness and can be played all year round.”

The club will be offering all junior players (aged 17 years old and under) their first coaching session completely free-of-charge, with the fee then reverting to a standard price of £3 per child per session, or £5 for two children attending together. Adult coaching will cost up to a maximum of £25.00 for a one-on-one 45 minute session. This price is variable and can work out cheaper depending on the total amount of adults attending the session (i.e. splitting the costs).

The club, which was established nearly half-a-century ago in 1969, is hoping to build on the recent successes enjoyed by England’s international squash team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where former World #1 professional squash player James Willstrop, along with Midlands-based professional Sarah-Jayne Perry, secured Commonwealth Gold and Silver medals respectively in their final matches on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

Downing will be coaching three different sessions on Saturday afternoons including; Under 12s (14:15 – 15:00), 12-17 year olds (15:00 – 15:45) and Adults (15:45-16:30). Squash equipment, including rackets, balls and safety goggles, will be provided for all junior players.

Squash is a racket sport played by either two (singles) or four players (doubles squash) in a four-walled indoor court with a small, hollow rubber ball. The players must alternate in striking the ball with their racket against the front wall until a player cannot get it back any more.

Squash provides an excellent cardiovascular workout, allowing players to keep fit all year round. In one hour of squash, a player may expend between 600 to 1000 calories, while receiving an extensive upper and lower body workout. Played in 188 countries across the globe, squash has previously been rated by Forbes as the number one healthiest sport to play.

Racketball, which originated in America and is also known as ‘Squash 57’, is a similar game to squash but is a slower-paced game played with a larger racket and ball.

You can find out more about these coaching sessions by contacting the Club Chairman, Paul Evans on (01952) 812655 or visiting www.lilleshallsquash.co.uk/coaching/.

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Winter league pre-season friendlies announced

Winter league pre-season friendlies announced

Our county squash teams are scheduled to play in two friendly matches against rival clubs ahead of the new winter season, which begins next month.

Lilleshall SRC ‘A’ and ‘B’, who are captained by Keith Hansell and Martin Powell respectively, will travel to Bishops Castle on Tuesday 11th Sept (6:20pm) and Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club on Thursday 20th Sept.

Lilleshall SRC ‘B’, who will be competing in Division 3 this season, will begin their campaign at home on Thursday 4th October against Castle Country SC (7:15pm) and Lilleshall SRC ‘A’, who will be playing above them in Division 2, will stage their first game the following week on Tuesday 9th October at home against Wolverhampton LTSC ‘B’.

It would be greatly appreciated if our club members could come down and support our players during these two matches and throughout the rest of the season, which runs through until April 2019. All home fixtures will be staged on our main show courts (4 and 5).

Please note that our weekly ‘Pitch and Play’ session will be hosted on Courts 1-3 (hardback courts) when Lilleshall SRC ‘B’ are scheduled to play at home. You can check our club board for further details.

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Nick Matthew coming to Shropshire

Nick Matthew, England’s most successful professional squash player of all-time, will be visiting our county later this month to play in a series of fun-filled exhibition matches at the Shropshire Squash Club in Shrewsbury.

Matthew, a former three-time World, Commonwealth and British Open champion, will be in Shropshire on Saturday 15th September 2018, taking part in three sessions (11.00am – 1.00pm, 2.00pm – 4.00pm (Juniors only) and 5.00pm – 7.00pm) which are limited to 50 people per session.

The former World #1, who is nicknamed ‘The Wolf’ and recently retired from the professional game, will visit Shrewsbury as part of his ‘UK Tour #WolfOnTour’, which will see him visit 13 various squash clubs across the country.

Each session will last approx. two hours and comprise of several elements, including:

  • Direct Q & A
  • Playing & training tips and coaching
  • Play the Pro session
  • Full exhibition match
  • Photo & signature opportunities

Tickets can be obtained directly from Shropshire Squash Club at a cost of £10 (per ticket) and there are limited amounts of tickets remaining for the early session (11.00am – 1.00pm).

Full details here.

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Contact Us

General Enquires

Paul Evans - Club Chairman
info@lilleshallsquash.co.uk
+44 (01952) 812655

Membership Enquires

Roy Fisher - Club Treasurer
+44 (01952) 255885