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 at Roehampton Club and Surrey Sports Park.
The College has four heated squash courts, including one glass-backed 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), inter-county fixtures and by Marlborough Town Squash Club. The Club competes in the County Premier, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Division Leagues – senior College players are frequently selected for participating teams. The College has also hosted a PSA Challenger tournament in the past.
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 which it has won in the past, 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 alongside the Boys. They also have the opportunity to gain selection for the Boys National Schools squads (U15, U17 and U19) upon merit. The Girls are currently enjoying an unbeaten run which is nearing the end of its second season. The College also plays host to teams from the Jesters, Brigands and Old Marlburians, giving added experience to both Senior and Junior players.
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, playing in South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Malawi. He still plays an active part in the coaching of College squads, along with a number of guest coaches who conduct sessions with players at various points during the season. He regularly competes in National, Regional and County Masters competitions, and is ably assisted by fellow coach and Zimbabwean, Marius Baldrey, an avid squash fan and player. Marius captains one of the Club’s Premier League squads and plays for the County O35 squad in their inter-county competitions.