Dec 302015

David Lloyd Chorley Juniors versus Leyland Lions Juniors, by John Gibson


PHOTO - Squash match David Lloyd Chorley Juniors v Leyland Lions Junior Squash & Racketball Club








Whatever sport it may be it’s all about providing sporting opportunities for our youngsters during their school years.

The North West has a rich sporting heritage, complemented by the investment in the National Squash Centre in Manchester for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Squash is a Sport England top 10 priority sport!

We have some fantastic role models in our sport, one of them being Laura Massaro from Chorley who last year won the Women’s World Championship. On the 1st January she becomes the Number One Ranked Women’s Squash Player in the World!

I met up recently with Dave Abberley who runs the junior squash club at David Lloyd in Chorley (Laura Massaro is a member) and together with Dave Scurlock, who coaches with me at Leyland Leisure Centre, we decided it was about time we set up a “Inter Club match” to give the youngsters more opportunities of playing a great competitive sport.

It’s the first time that two junior squash clubs have played a match in the local communities of Preston, Chorley and South Ribble!

The match was played at David Lloyd last month which proved to be a closely fought match with David Lloyd winning 5-3, but more importantly, it proved to be a great occasion. Not only did the young players enjoy it, but also the many parents who came along to support both teams.

A return fixture is being arranged at Leyland early in the new year.


John Gibson
Leyland Lions Junior Squash & Racketball Club
England Squash & Racketball Level 2 Licenced Coach