Coronavirus Club Support Packages

By | Forum | No Comments

SPORT ENGLAND

Most relevant information is probably the Community Emergency Fund section with avenues of funding to protect clubs against the financial implications of the pandemic. The biggest support available to clubs druing this unprecedented time is available via Sport England: https://www.sportengland.org/news/195-million-package-help-sport-and-physical-activity-through-coronavirus

Government provisions:
–       Retail relief increased from 50% to 100% for 2020/21, and rateable value threshold removed.
–       Scope of Retail relief extended to include all retail, leisure, and hospitality businesses.
–       £10,000 grant to all businesses eligible for either small business relief or retail relief (rateable value under £15,000).

ENGLAND SPORT

With immediate effect, ES have put a freeze on all membership and affiliation renewals during the time that the current Government measures are in place (i.e. whilst leisure centres, gyms and sports clubs must be closed).

What does this mean for your club?

Your club and its members will continue to be affiliated throughout this period. Clubs who have paid their affiliation renewal invoice since 1 March will receive discounted affiliation fees next year, pro-rata of the number of months that squash clubs must be closed.

Clubs who are due to renew during the period of Government measures, (or have lapsed since 1 March), will be given a ‘grace period’ so will remain affiliated. Renewal invoices will not be sent during this time. Once the current measures have been lifted, clubs will be invoiced for the number of months remaining in the affiliation year.

For clubs that do not fall into these categories, we will offer a discount to their affiliation fees next year, pro-rata of the number of months that squash clubs must be closed.

Additional support opportunities for clubs include:

  • England Squash Bounce Back grant of £200
    A grant to support your club to host an event to welcome back your players once the UK Government restrictions are lifted.
  • Webinars
    An opportunity to hear from us on the support on offer, share your experiences and the support you require over the coming weeks. The first webinar is Tuesday 7 April at 2pm.

What does this mean for your members?

Provided your members are listed on englandsquash.com, they will remain affiliated members of England Squash.

Members will still be able to access their membership benefits, including the great content we have on our website. A new member money-saving and well-being benefit is being launched soon, so please keep an eye out for this and encourage your members to sign up to make the most of it.

Coaches Club and Direct Members
All coaches and players who hold direct membership with England Squash will be given an extension to their membership in line with the period of the Government measures. They will be able to access their membership benefits and content throughout this time.

UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS GUIDANCE FOR SQUASH CLUBS

By | Forum | No Comments

Today the KSRA committee in light of the on-going coronavirus developments have made the decison to end the NW and Outer Kent winter team leagues and any related cup competitions with immediate effect. We will endeavour to assess the ability to run the summer leagues, and if not viable, look to pick up for the next seasons winter leagues.

It’s imperative, as community based clubs, we all now look to keep the best interest of people’s well being at the heart. A number of clubs have already made the decision to close operations and stop participation, but it’s now down to every club to make the necessary decisions to assist matters going forward. Circumstances are changing from day to day and by the end of this week it should hopefully be clear to all, as to the right foot forward.

Please keep following the NHS and government guidance and continuing England Squash updates are available at the following link:
https://www.englandsquash.com/news/england-squash-coronavirus-statement

Keep safe and well everyone.

CORONAVIRUS GUIDANCE FOR SQUASH CLUBS

By | Forum | No Comments

Following the recent developments KSR in line with England Squash are following the necessary guidance issued by the UK government and WHO. For now community squash continues, but every club will no doubt have differing conditions to deal with at any given time. The key is to communicating with each other, put in place any provisions available and take the necessary steps when required. For further info please view following link:

https://www.englandsquash.com/news/england-squash-coronavirus-statement

Well done Kent U13 Boys!!

By | Forum | No Comments

Kent under 13 boys qualified to play in the national Intercounty Finals in Nottingham last weekend.  The top 8 teams made it through qualification to make the finals and Kent were seeded two. Five of the top six nationally ranked boys in England were playing so competition was expected to be tough  Kent have two of the top three boys so were expecting and hoping to perform.

The team consisted of: –

Coach Steve Franks

Dylan Roberts of Bexley

Jude Gibbins from Beckenham

Luan Woods of Rodersham

Timmy Skopets of Limpsfield

Caspar Bloomfield from Thanet

It was an early start of 10am for the first game against Yorkshire B. Kent got off to a great start with all the boys winning the matches 3-0

That meant Kent were then playing for position 1-4. Next up was a strong Warwickshire side headed by a boy Ranked 5 in England.

Again, all the boys won all the individual matches but the scores were closer than the 5-0 overall score line suggested. The boys put in an excellent performance to make it through to the finals, to be held the following day.

The finals were against favourites and number one seeds Surrey. All the Surrey team were boys that played the junior circuit and were very experienced. Kent put up a gallant effort and all the boys played excellently showing real fight to the end. They lost the final 4-1 with the only winner in the final day being Dylan Roberts

A great effort by all the team making this 5 consecutive national finals and finishing at least 2nd in four of these.

cid:IMG_41381.jpg

Mens Kent 065s. Finals report.

By | Forum | No Comments


The Mens Kent 065s travelled up to Coventry last weekend to play in the finals of the intercounty championships, this was the first time in several years that they had reached the finals rather than fighting a relegation battle. The team of Ken Randall, Ian Smith and Keith Hibberd arriving late on Friday evening were, however, in confident mood as they arrived at the Coventry & Warwickshire Squash Club early on the Saturday Morning for a 9am start!


Drawing Yorkshire in the quarter finals seemed a heady task but Keith Hibberd playing at three against an England International fought back from two love down in a 56-minute tough match to give us a winning start. Ken Randall then went on at one and despite producing an array of winning shots just could win a game to pressurise his opponent. A close 3/0 loss. Ian Smith was left to decide the outcome of the match and played superbly to secure a 3/1 win.


My goodness, Kent were in the semi-finals against Hampshire, a team full of current England internationals, so with few hours to recover and refuel 2.30pm arrived and Keith Hibberd started at three. Again a 50 minute plus match evolved with Keith’s dogged determination producing another win. Ken Randall now playing with more authority swept into one nil lead and had game points in the second only to lose that game 17/15, a very tight third and fourth just slipped away from him and again it was left to Ian to play the deciding game. Ian playing again with all his variety of carefully controlled drop shots pushed his opponent to the wire but sadly could not squeeze through with a win.


We moved on to the third/fourth play-off on Sunday morning. Keith feeling the effects of two momentous games the day before, was running on empty but despite a valiant effort he went down 3/0. Ken gaining accuracy with every game just did not have enough to tip the scales in our favour, Ian against a former World Champion blasted away a 2/0 lead as his opponent again struggled with two hard games the day before and sadly had to retire injured at that point, leaving Ian as the winner.

As a result, Kent finished fourth out of the eight counties in the finals, a credible result and so close challenging in the final!

Another chance next year.

Robert Smith
Captain