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Harrow Challenge 2011
24-26 June, Harrow Squash Club
Harrow Squash Club is gearing up for the inaugural ‘Harrow Challenge Tournament’ on the weekend of June 24th – 26th, a 3 day festival of Squash incorporating an England Squash & Racketball backed Graded Tournament, running alongside a full BSPA event, which will see some of the finest professional players in the country descending upon the Harrow Leisure Centre.

Harrow Squash Club first came into existence 13yrs ago, the building having stood closed for 18 months prior to this for major renovations including removal of asbestos. Tony Morrison arrived in 1998 as the clubs first coach and organiser, and set about transforming the clubs fortunes into the thriving 8 court (3 glass-backed) hub of activity it has since become.

The Squash Club has a very popular ‘Social Squash’ Activity which runs four times a week with attendances ranging from 15 to 30 players, as well as running a hugely successful Junior Development programme which incorporates close links with the local schools, organising mini squash outreach sessions and after school coaching. These sessions are run without charge for the juniors to ensure maximum participation. The club also offers free weekend coaching sessions for Ladies, to encourage increased female involvement in sport and exercise in the local community.

This extensive outreach programme has unearthed a real gem in one of the clubs biggest success stories – recently crowned inaugural England u11 Champion Oscar Khoo. Oscar started with the club aged just 9yrs old, and within 18 months had taken the National title and English No.1 ranking.

The Squash Club has also reached out into the local community to establish links with the area’s thriving Asian population, which has led to a sponsorship programme which invites talented Pakistani juniors over to be based at and train within the club for free. The most high profile of these in recent times was Farzan Rasheed, who claimed several PSA Tour Titles whilst training at Harrow.

It should be noted that Harrow Leisure Centre is a council owned facility, operating without the financial support or luxuries of a private club. This relationship with Harrow Council certainly has proved challenging over the years, including threats of closure, reduction in court capacity, and ever changing management. In spite of these challenges, the club has continued to thrive; culminating last year in the attainment of the England Squash Silver Mark award, as recognition for the club’s quality of coaching and development work to increase participation and inclusion in this fantastic sport.

Entrance to watch the Tournament is FREE over the weekend of the 24th – 26th, and is a great opportunity to see some of the very best athletes in the world competing head to head.

For more information or entry forms for the graded tournament (Grades A – C), contact Tony Morrison on 0777 959 7775.

For more information on the BSPA tournament call Gary on 07958 470 591



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