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Refereeing and Marking Course - 1st October 2017

Hants Squash will be holding another England Squash refereeing and marking course, at Southampton University on Sunday 1st October 2017, starting at 11am.

Numbers will be limited,  places can be reserved on a first-come first-served basis. The course is free and it is classroom based, consisting of video displays, Q&A sessions and group discussions. Attendees can take a subsequent online test, within a month, the successful completion of which, will lead to the award of a "Club" grade refereeing qualification.

The course is about 3hrs, with a break for lunch. Please reserve places for any members of your club who wish to attend, by contacting:

Stan Thornton,
email:,   or
Mobile:    07889288209
Posted at 12:35:PM on Friday 21 July 2017

England Squash new Membership and Affiliation Proposals

England Squash are proposing changes to the current player membership scheme which will give ES player members vastly improved benefits including personal on-court insurance cover, for an increase in membership fee from £7.50 to £10 per annum. The majority of counties, including Hampshire, have approved these changes.

You can learn more of the benefits by downloading ES membership proposals.

For clarification purposes Hampshire is a 'county mandating membership' as we require players playing in the Hampshire League to be ES player members.

Posted at 15:43:PM on Tuesday 11 July 2017

Hants SRA Annual General Meeting 2017

The Hants SRA AGM will be held at Winchester Rackets & Fitness on Thursday 27 July 2017 starting at 7pm (please note the start time).

You can download from below:

1. Minutes of 2016 AGM

2. Agenda for this meeting

3. Officers' Reports 

You will note from Annex A to the Agenda that there are a number of committee posts for which we have had no nominations. They are

  • County Secretary
  • Web manager
  • Coaches representative.
  • Junior Chair
  • Junior treasurer
  • Southern Region Forum rep

If you are interested or you can recommend someone who might be interested please contact our Chairman, Charles Black on

07590 630430 or

Posted at 13:47:PM on Tuesday 11 July 2017

Hampshire Squash Open 2017

Hants Open 2017

22 March - 26 March 2017

Qualifying Finals at Trojans Squash club on Wednesday 22nd March at 7pm
1st Round at Winchester Squash Club on Thursday 23rd March from 5pm-9pm
Quarter Finals at Trojans Squash Club and Fair Oak Squash Club on Friday 24th March at 7pm
Semi Finals at Lee on the Solent on Saturday 25th march at 4pm
Final at Winchester Squash Club on 26th March at 4pm



Admission to the event does not require a physical ticket and can be done by showing your confirmation email either printed out or on a smart phone. It has been drawn to our attention that the ticketing system says that you need to collect the tickets from Southampton.  This is not the case. Remaining tickets can be bought on the door but we expect rounds to sell out. 



Youssef Ibrahim

Youssef Ibrahim (Egy)

Youssef is the latest in the surge of Egyptian squash players, at the age of 17 he has already won his first PSA event just two weeks ago at the Open D’Italia. A presence on the junior scene he won the British Junior u17 open last year and came 3rd in the u19 category last month. He will be hoping to continue his climb up the rankings and will have to come through qualifying as the 8th seed if he wants to add another PSA title to his collection.

On Social Media we will be counting down the days with a short preview of the players.

Follow us on Facebook for further player previews.

Posted at 9:29:AM on Tuesday 7 March 2017

Farooq Mirza - Celebration of Life

Following the sad death of Farooq Mirza, there will be a 'Celebration of Life' function for Farooq at Waterloo Golf Club on the evening of Saturday 21 January from 7pm.

Farooq had requested a social gathering for all his friends. His family have said that anyone wishing to attend, to say there final farewells and to pay tribute to Farooq is more than welcome.

Posted at 13:05:PM on Thursday 5 January 2017

Farooq Mirza

We are sorry to have to inform you that Farooq died in the early hours of Saturday 3 December. Farooq was diagnosed with Lymphoma in February 2015 and despite undergoing an intensive programme of chemo, stem cell replacement, radiotherapy and being given the all clear early this year the cancer tragically returned. 

Farooq started playing squash at the old Waterlooville club over 30 years ago and was a very well known character. He was famous for diving across the court floor and for his laughter! Squash was without doubt an integral part of his life and as well as playing team squash he ran the Summer League for a number of years (in 2015 this was from his hospital bed at times) and was also captain of the Hampshire O60 team. He was 62 years old and leaves a wife, 2 daughters and 4 step sons to whom we extend our condolences.

There will be a Muslim funeral, but we have been told his family will arrange a celebration of his life separately, details of which will be circulated when we have them.

Posted at 9:25:AM on Monday 5 December 2016

Refereeing Course - Alverstoke - 3 September 2016

The next Refereeing Course will be held at Alverstoke Squash Club on Saturday 3 September starting at 11am

It's a classroom based course,lasting about 2 hours with a 30 minute break, run by Peter Goldson.

Subject to successful completion of an online, multi-choice exam, to be taken within 1 month of the course, attendees will be awarded a ' Club' grade referee qualification.

To reserve a place on this course contact

Stan Thornton


Posted at 9:31:AM on Wednesday 29 June 2016

2016 South West Region Racquetball Championship - 16/17 July

The 2016 South West Region Racquetball Championship will be held at Trojans Club on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July

This is a graded tournament with Grades A, B, C, D, Ladies and Beginners

The maximum entry for each grade is 16

There will be prizes for finalists in each grade

Entry fee is £12 or £22 with event T-shirt

Closing date for entries is Friday 15 July or Friday 8th July if you want a t-shirt

Entries by email to

 Further info:  from

Posted at 14:35:PM on Tuesday 21 June 2016

Hants Ladies in Inter-County Premier Division Finals - Report

Ladies IC 2016

The Hampshire Ladies team qualified for Premier division last year by easily winning Division 1. The event was held in Nottingham over two days at the glorious Nottingham Squash Rackets Club, situated within The Park Estate.

The entry consisted of eight counties competing in a monrad draw: Chesire, Warwickshire, Yorkshire, Northumberland, Surrey, Middlesex, Gloustershire and Hampshire. Our team included Sarah Spacey, Catherine Finlayson, Emily Heyes, Fleur Orchard, Bev Mackay and Bev Brockway.

In the first round Hampshire came up against Warwickshire. We lost 4/1 with Fleur, at No4, the only winner for Hampshire. The loss meant we were dropped to the 5/8 playoff, where we met Surrey. Surrey proved to be much stronger than our previous opponents and trounced Hampshire 5/0. On the Sunday we played for 7/8 position against Middlesex. It was a hard fought battle but Middlesex came through 4/1. Both Middlesex and Hampshire are relegated to Division 1.

Playing in Premier division was an eye opener. The teams have incredible depth and most likely it wasn't the strongest team they could field on the day. We enjoyed it immensely and return to Division 1 with our heads held high.

Bev Mackay
Hampshire ladies captain

Posted at 10:23:AM on Tuesday 3 May 2016
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EGM 4 April 2016 - Change of Venue

Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to change the venue for the meeting.  

It will now be held at the meeting facilities at Southampton University’s sports centre at Wide Lane, Eastleigh,  SO50 5PE (opposite the airport):

 There is an intercom-controlled access barrier – just say Hampshire Squash – and then you will be directed to the meeting room from reception.

Posted at 11:07:AM on Friday 25 March 2016
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