Club of the Year 2015-16

Pontefract Squash Club, selected by a panel of experts, has been named Squash Club of the Year by the Squash Player Magazine, which features the Club in its latest edition.

The panel listed ten of the qualities the club possesses, which influenced their choice.   

1, A welcoming environment.

2 A pro active membership.  

3.Outstanding competitive achievements.  

4 Supporters of England and County events. 

5 Presentation of facilities.

6. A comprehensive squash programme.

7 Top class coaching systems.

8. Easily accessed junior activities .

9.  Partnership with schools and community.   

10. Programme of social activities.   

The Club's association , through England Squash and its own Foundation with Airedale Junior School, De Lacey and Pathways, school for autistic children was highlighted in the magazine  

Other factors were the classlessness, racelessness and the flourishing women's and girls' sectons. The prestigious award is a reward for all the dedication that owner Michael Todd has given to the club since he saved it from extinction many years ago, with the help of M.P. Yvette Cooper  During his stewardship the club has gone from strength to strength and he has had the pleasure of seeing his son ,Sam win the British Junior Open in January to become the first British male winner for 14 years,at the same time establishing himself as the best 12 year old  squash player in the world.   The article also highlights the significant part played by the Club's two World no 1's. Lee Beachill and James Willstrop, whose achievements drew attention to the club and the work it was doing.  The recognition, too, is a reward for the many people, far too many to name, who have contributed in various ways to the club's reputation..

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