January 2010 - a look at one of England's top clubs,
Edgbaston Priory in Birmingham ...
Edgbaston Priory Club is a very
different place today than it was in the 1880ís when it
moved to its current location.
Set in 12 acres of beautiful grounds the private
members club now boasts 10 squash courts, 29
tennis courts, heated indoor and outdoor swimming
pools, outside spa, Technogym equipped
fitness facilities, treatment rooms and a licensed bar
2009 was a very successful year for Edgbaston Priory in
Squash and Racketball.
The junior programme has doubled in numbers, with
around 10 playing at County, Regional or National level
including Anthony Graham (current PSA player and U19 British
& European Champion), Julianne Courtice (U17 British
Champion) and Alicia Mead (U15 National Squad player).
The under 15s won the Warwickshire League in 2009 and
we now have a team in the Junior Mixed National Clubs
competition, and hoping to do well in this in 2010.
Senior teams have also done well in 2009 with the
club winning the Menís and Womenís Division One Warwickshire
League. Both teams automatically qualified for the National
Cup, with our womenís team being crowned Champions, and
menís runners up.
In May 2009, our Ladies National Club Team won the
English National Clubs, and then went on to represent
England in the European Club Championships.
Edgbaston Priory holds several big events every year
including the National Racketball Championships,
EPC Junior Open event, EPC Adult Graded Open
event and many England Squash and Racketball sanctioned
events. We are also co-hosting the 2012 World Masters
2010 will be even more successful!
This will be helped largely due to the number of
professional players now based at Edgbaston Priory.
Steadily we have been attracting players to Priory, and
offering a training facility and support for players that
are based here full time.
Edgbaston Priory is very excited about the future of Squash
and Racketball at the club. We have a strategic plan in
place, exciting development plans and are looking at setting
up a player pathway to lead into a Performance Programme
for Junior and Senior players.
I left school at the age of 18 I started training at
Edgbaston Priory Club. At this stage I was ranked outside
the top 10 in the country for my age group.
Edgbaston offered me a great opportunity, with fantastic
courts and a great gym. I was surrounded with great players
to train with and a top league to play in each week.
There was a very professional atmosphere at Edgbaston which
helped me get into a consistent training routine. I would
recommend anyone to be based at Priory and always enjoy
going there to train.
For more information on the
programme, please donít hesitate to contact Mike Edwards,
Head Coach. This is open to members and non members, and we
would be very keen to hear from you.
Club Website Ė
has excellent facilities and talented coaching staff, itís
great that we can utilise this on a day to day basis.
The club has a lot to offer for full time players and now
has a strong base of players training there.
Iím looking forward to 2010 and working alongside Priory to
progress up the WISPA rankings.
being out injured for a year, Edgbaston Priory offers the
perfect environment for me to rehabilitate and continue my
professional career in 2010.
is a great club, I am very happy to be based here after
studying in Birmingham. The facilities, especially the hot
tub, are some of the best in the Country. I am looking
forward to working hard on my game here over the coming
have really enjoyed training in a consistent group of
professionals. We all get on well and everyone is prepared
to put the work in. I hope this group based at Priory will
continue and grow over the next few years.
played at Priory for over 10 years it is great to now have a
group of professionals to train with day in day out. The
facilities, along with services such as Strength and
Conditioning and Physio give us a good base. I hope this
goes from strength to strength over the next few years.
at the Priory in 2010 will provide a great opportunity to
train with other professionals in a good training
environment. The facilities here are great, and I am looking
forward to the rest of the season.