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Through lockdown the Kent Junior Coaching team have been working together to re-format the Kent Junior Programme.

Although the existing one had been proven strong by the successes of the Kent Junior teams over the last 7 years, the team are constantly looking for ways to develop our juniors standard from grassroots to high performer.

On Sunday 20th September at the Mote and Rodmersham squash clubs the new skill groups met for the first time. The weekend attracted 48 juniors which was no mean feat as confidence levels are still low after lockdown. 

The Kent coaching team of Dinesh Bansal, Martin Clark, Steve Franks, Tom May , Tim Richards , Allam Sollimann and Zeb Young planned the sessions well and challenged the juniors provoking positive comments from parents since then.

One of the successes of the day was seeing three of our older girls electing to train with the boys groups to take on the physical challenge. Obviously they overcame this challenge as they finished top of their respectiv

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Dear Club Chair/Representative

The AGM this year will be online via Zoom on Wednesday 1st July starting at 19:30. To join use meet ID - 388 148 5407

Please can everyone take prior time over next fortnight to read all the reports and documents via this link:

https://www.kentsra.co.uk/home-articles/kent-sra-2020-agm-reports-documents

The information provided within these will form the basis of the agenda as follows:

  1. Apologies
  2. AGM minutes 2019 - any noted amends and approval
  3. Chairman Report
  4. Treasurer Report
  5. Junior Report
  6. Election of Trustees & Officers
  7. League & Cup Competitions:
    • vote on 2019/20 league extension to 30th Sept.
    • vote on extending cup competitions to 8th December.
    • vote on updated league rules
  8. Covid-19 Update - A phased reopening
  9. New Website
  10. A.O.B

I am very keen to meet more representatives from across the county, so I urge all clubs to someone to represent and be a valued voice in taking the sport forward in our county.

If you have any further queries do not hesitate t

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This year's AGM will be held on Wednesday the 1st of July 2020. Below are reports and documents related to the AGM from the Chairman, Treasurer, Junior Development Officer and Proposed Rules Updates for the leagues and Cups.

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With another three week restrictions now in place it’s important for us all to work together and focus upon postivity and creativity via all digital means possible. Here is the latest from a number of national and county video meetings:

ENGLAND SQUASH

 

Some ideas that arose and were discussed at the ES county chair meeting:

  • 30 minute sessions for the juniors in the county – to this extent Nick Peel, Maidstone is running regular live Zoom sessions for juniors.
  • Using the downtime to develop a cohesive strategy for the coming year and season.
  • Online coaching sessions for a fee.
  • Coaches offering vouchers to be redeemed post-lockdown interspersed between paid for sessions
  • Social media posts – live interviews; video fitness sessions; video tricks; online quiz, fun facts, etc.
  • Ensure all clubs are keeping in touch with their members.
  • Possibility for clubs to use the time to clean down and sanitise in preparation for the return of play?

Useful pro player, club challenges and informative lin

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What about business rates and grant support?

Please note that the following information refers to England only. Business rates are devolved to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and there may be different arrangements in each country.

In recognition of the likely impact of Covid-19, the Budget introduced temporary 100% business rates relief for the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors – including gyms and sports clubs – for 2020/21 for businesses with certain rateable values.

In addition, the Budget provided that organisations eligible for Small Business Rate Relief would receive a £3,000 grant.

The Chancellor’s speech on 17 March extended this temporary 100% business rates relief to all businesses in these sectors, regardless of their rateable value.

This means all businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will receive 100% business rates relief for 2020/21. The guidance issued to local authorities regarding how to apply this relief has been published by the gover

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KENT SQUASH & RACKETBALL ASSOCIATION Bexley Park Sports & Social Club Calvert Drive, Dartford, Kent DA2 7GA on 26 June 2019 at 7:30pm MINUTES OF 3rd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
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Posted By John Greenwood

The Colin Payne Kent Open, staged in memory of a former Kent squash champion, takes place at Tunbridge Wells Squash Club this week.

Sponsored by Select Gaming and a number of local companies, the event starts on Thursday and boasts a truly international flavour. Professionals from Australia, Mexico, Portugal, Belgium and the Czech Republic will be competing alongside a number of rising English stars for prize money and vital ranking points on the PSA Challenger Tour.

Attached: Kent Open preview, background and schedule, plus some player pics.

Please get in touch if you need any more information.

Best wishes,

Alan.

Tel: 44-1622 672518
Mobile: 44-7971 639 829
Email: alan@squashmad.com

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Posted By John Greenwood

The Colin Payne Kent Open sponsored by Select Gaming takes place at Tunbridge Wells Squash Club from Thursday January 10th to Saturday January 12th.

Top four seeds:

1: Charlie Lee (England)
2: Rui Soares (Portugal)
3: Jan Van Den Herrewegen (Belgium)
4: Leonel Cardenas (Mexico)

We also have a Women’s Challenge match on Finals Day featuring rising stars Elise Lazarus and Jaz Hutton.

Earlier on the Saturday afternoon we will have a special doubles competition in memory of Tunbridge Wells and Kent squash legend Colin Payne.

RAFFLE:
Raffle tickets will be on sale throughout the tournament and we have some wonderful prizes, including a two-night break for two at The Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells, including bed and breakfast and dinner on one night.

TICKETS:
Viewing space is limited but you can reserve a seat here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-colin-payne-kent-open-squash-tournament-tickets-53805626076?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR0pXY2BWjkoZeEzAUmGIdKTixnaXJmV86xIyDdtiWhoa9FpWh

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Posted By John Greenwood

Dear all

I am writing to you as an introduction, as I agreed to undertake the role of KSRA Chair at the last AGM in June. One of my main aims is to improve communications and engage squash clubs under one umbrella within Kent. There’s some excellent work being undertaken both known and unknown, so going forward I feel it’s vitally important to promote all relevant information and success stories within our region. The newsletter is only one part of the jigsaw in starting to share information, as I recall the late Bob Hoskins once said “It’s good to talk”, so let’s try to discuss things in calls, emails, or texts and upmost like each others social media channels because this will inevitably be the next generations preference.

No doubt the database will require updating with relevant contact details, so hopefully this newsletter has arrived to the correct person? If not, could you please email John Greenwood with details of the designated person who shouts loudest a

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Posted By John Greenwood

The 2019 season of the Kent Racketball League will begin in late January and I invite your club to enter a team or teams.

The league plays on alternate Wednesdays over much of the year, with a summer break. The format is 4 singles matches and 2 doubles matches; each match is played to three games. The players are ranked in order of quality and play the singles in order but the doubles can be played by any pairings.

Presently many of the playing teams are located in West Kent but I am willing to run a separate East Kent league if there is enough interest.

The cost of entry is £65 per team.

Please reply to Jack Clay by email to bevjack23@aol.com,
or by post to 3, The Gorse, Manor Park, Chislehurst. BR7 5QD
or telephone 020 8295 1412.

Thank you,

Jack Clay

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Posted By John Greenwood

All Kent SRA clubs are automatically members of KCPA.  County standard juniors may be eligible for Hawke awards, eg to attend an international competition.

 

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Posted By John Greenwood

There are two funding pots available from the SE Regional Projects – participation and performance.

Participation is the larger pot of which £2000 have been allocated to each of the Regional counties inc. Kent. Prior to having any payment made the participants email addresses have to be entered on the ESR website participation portal with the log in page being –

https://101.englandsquash.com/Auth/Login?ReturnUrl=%2fLeaderboard

Then input info as instructed. The target areas are – Squash 101, Squash 57, Squash Girls Can and Junior 101. The participants do not have to be ESR affiliated, as it is an exercise to increase participants and hit target figures set by Sport England, which will then enable access to future funding.

The Performance pot is set aside for counties to ask Aspire / National coaches to assist with certain squads. Kent recently had Jez Colton of the Aspire coaching team help out with our High Performance Squad which has been paid out by the Region. C

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