Squash

Squash at Marlborough

Squash has a long history at Marlborough and is played by boys and girls in the Michaelmas and Lent terms. There is a well supported and vigorous inter-house competition each year, and College teams compete in weekly fixtures, the England Squash National Schools competition and two annual Invitational tournaments.

Facilities

The College has four heated squash courts, including one glass-backed match court. These are refurbished on a regular basis, and are used by the County for junior training sessions (in which a number of College pupils are involved at any given time) and by Marlborough Town Squash Club. The Club competes in the County Premier, 2nd and 3rd Division Leagues - senior College players are frequently selected for participating teams.

Matches, Competition and Events

Four boys teams - U18 (1st V); U16 (Colts V); U15 (Junior Colts V) and U14 (Shell V) - compete in weekly fixtures against major schools including Wellington, Radley, Cheltenham College, Winchester and Eton. The Junior Colts V went unbeaten for three consecutive years and recently reached the final 16 of the U15 National Schools Competition. The 1st V competes annually in the prestigious Roehampton Public Schools' Invitational Tournament and more recently, the Surrey Sports Park Invitational Tournament. A Girls 1st V also plays regular fixtures and members of the squad frequently compete for the County. The College plays host to teams from the Jesters and Brigands, giving added experience to both Senior and Junior players.

Master in Charge: J H Beckett

Julian Beckett started at the College in 2001 as the Squash Professional after emigrating from Zimbabwe where he represented the National team as well as competing individually on the Southern African circuit. He still plays an active part in the coaching of College squads, along with a number of guest coaches who also conduct sessions with players at various points during the season. He regularly competes in National, Regional and County Masters competitions.