The Veterans Squash Rackets Club of Great Britain


 
Welcome to the web site of The Veterans Squash Rackets Club of Great Britain which celebrated it's 50th Golden Anniversary in 2013. Our aim is to encourage all veteran players, male and female, to continue playing the game, and to this end we hold a range of events, tournaments and tours throughout the year.
 
 
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THINKING OF JOINING?

The club is actively seeking to broaden the membership throughout the United Kingdom. 

Please download a Membership Form, sign up your friend and send in to the Hon. Secretary, remembering to fill in all Bank details!

Nigel Belle, The Red House, Church Road, Sundridge, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 6EA. Tel: 019595 65444.

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2019/2020 CHAMPIONSHIPS

The championships will be rearranged for later in 2020.

 
 
Upcoming Matches 2020

 

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All matches have been postponed or cancelled until further notice.

* tbc

 
 
Latest Match Reports
Oxford University: 1 Feb 2020
GB Vets Tour to York
Bromley CC: 1 Nov 2019

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Latest pages:
Minutes of 56th AGM 31.03.2019
Newsletter April 2020
Newsletter Autumn 2019
Mini Newsletter - February 2020
Rules of membership
 
 
50th Anniversary Book

Having celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2013, please remember that the Anniversary Book is still available.

Click here for details.
 
 
New Kit Available

New kit is available - go online. Go to www.iprosports.co.uk, click on 'Club Zone', scroll down and click on the GB Vets logo and then follow on-screen instructions.

 

 

 

Covid-19

 Due to the current situation the 2020 Club Championships and the 57th AGM, due 14/15th March, have been postponed until later in the year.

In addition all ‘friendly’ matches have been postponed or cancelled until further notice.

We hope you are keeping fit and well and wish you all a safe emergence from these difficult times.

 
 

Newsletter from your Chairman

The members of the GB Vets Committee had to take the difficult decision to postpone both our Club Finals and the Annual General Meeting. One consequence of this is that I am still your Chairman!

Since that sad weekend in early March, we have now been sent into self-confinement with all pubs, gyms, cinemas, theatres, restaurants, garden centres and all but essential shops closed. However, it is probably true to say that most of the members of the GB Vets and England Squash Masters were most devastated by not being able to get onto a squash court! We are now all restricted to one run per day with or without the dog! A recent chat with Stuart Hardy, now the Chairman of England Squash Masters, showed that our early disappointment was soon shared by the England Masters who have not only lost their season finale of Home Internationals, but also the indefinite postponement of the British Open. I also recently had a chat with our local professional Paul Chaplin who, like all of us, is unable to get on a squash court and is reduced to sitting in his garden!

Whilst most of us play our game to keep fit and convince ourselves that we are still twenty years younger than we actually are, our clubs with their staff and professionals have seen their businesses closed down. I was sad, but not surprised, to get a letter from the Oxford and Cambridge Club, my local tennis club and the sports centre that they had to close immediately without any real idea when they might be allowed to reopen. I am sure that all our members have had similar news with local squash clubs closed with no notice.

Of course, we squash players are not alone. Those football fans in Liverpool who already have the champagne on ice, ready to celebrate a unique Premiership win; the rugby fans who wanted to celebrate their team winning the Six Nations and the vast number of potential Olympians robbed of a chance to shine in their sport in Japan later in the year.

However, whilst Stuart and I, together with our Committee members, look forward to the time when we are back on the squash courts, our thoughts at the moment are with our members and their extended families. We wish you all a safe emergence from these difficult times.

Tom Hendry

….and a message from our President….be sure to try and keep in touch with fellow squash veterans via a phone or virtual chat such as Skype, Zoom etc. and even raise a glass with them! Philip Ayton

 
 

GBVets v Oxford University 2020

‘Oxit’ follows Brexit but better planned and no trade deals on lets or points!

Following leaving the EU a more important occasion arose on the following day, namely the GB Vets Touring Team match versus Oxford University held at Oxford’s very traditional squash club.

The comparative age ranges were an interesting arithmetical algorithm and if GB Vets certainly won on aggregate age unfortunately this apparent numerical advantage did not follow them on to court.

16 players lined up for each side and it was decided to play from the bottom of the order. As it started it was going slightly in GB Vets favour however after 8 matches it had ended in an honourable draw 4 matches each. Although all these matches were decided 3/0 there were some close fought individual games with the inevitable battle of age versus experience, a psychiatrist’s dream as it arrived at a balanced result.

Unfortunately, when we moved on to the top 8 this dream of the balance of mankind was shattered. The exception was a sterling performance from Allen Barwise winning 3/0, who also managed to avoid any photographic evidence of being there, something to do with his modelling agency contract apparently.

Oxford fielding their Varsity team in the top order won a decisive 7/1. There were some major scraps, Andy Murray, Mark Shildrake and Nigel Bacon for GB Vets playing enormous rallies against amazingly agile opponents, all the matches were keenly contested with a plethora of 12/10s and 11/9s but to no avail the top 8 went down 7/1.

The overall match score was then 11/5 in Oxford’s favour.

Matters took a turn for the better when a group of the Oxford team joined the GB Vets team for dinner and a few drinks somewhat later. Here in a more static environment the GB Vets team came to the fore. Student prowess at alcohol consumption was I believe eclipsed during the evening by the GB Vets during a convivial evening.

A few words of thanks, firstly to the organiser of the Oxford Team, Mike Sauvage and to Nick Sheppard the GB Vets Captain for arranging between them another spectacularly successful team match.

I think a special mention for Laura Nell the Oxford Captain for marking several games as well as winning a close match herself.

Probably most importantly to the Oxford Team of Students for joining in the spirit of the day with great enthusiasm.
A good day.

Robert Smith

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FESTIVAL Of SQUASH 2019

The seventh annual Festival of Squash organised by the GB Vets was held at the RAC, Woodcote Park, Epsom on Sunday 3rd November.

By 9.30 a.m. groups of keen players, with ages spanning from 25 to 85, representing the GB Vets, the Army and the Escorts, began arriving to join the players from the host RAC team.

The Army team was somewhat down on numbers given the absence of Phil and Yvette Ashman. The former has left the Army but has taken on the job of running the Army’s overall sports- so squash is now only one of his sports… However, in the spirit of the Festival of Squash, the GB Vets loaned Nick Sheppard for the Singles, and (Lt. Col) John Woodliffe and Lance Kinder for the Doubles! John and Lance won one of their two matches with a large gallery impressed by the amazing staying power of a pair now aggregating over 168 years!!

Richard Green and Len Westover (The Army) were the overall stars in the Singles, winning all three of their matches. In the Doubles, Mandy Akin and Karen Hume (GB Vets) won all three of their matches, whilst Alan Thomson and Dave Clarke played four matches and won them all! Mike Stewart and Karl Newland (RAC) won two of their Doubles matches whilst James Dubois (RAC) won three of his Singles matches… although he essentially played Nick Sheppard twice- with Nick representing both GB Vets and the Army in the same match! That really is the spirit of the event! Shayne Baillie (RAC) had a fine day, narrowly losing to Richard Green whilst winning her other two matches. Dean Newberry (GB Vets) and John Goodrich (GB Vets) again performed strongly with both winning two of their Singles matches, whilst Jeremy Wilcox (Escorts) did likewise.

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BUY CLUB MERCHANDISE - ON LINE!

Now you can view and purchase Club Merchandise on line! We've also added some new items - not only do we sell the regular polo and tee shirts for both men and women but now also shorts and warm-up jackets. The order process is very simple:

- Go to www.iprosports.co.uk and click on the 'Club Zone' link at the top of the Home Page.

- Scroll down to the Vets Club logo and click on it. All garments are then displayed, click on product(s) required, select size, colour, personalisation (if required), click on 'add to cart'.

- When finished go to checkout, place order, pay, that's it!

Exceptions: Lamb's wool v neck pullovers are bought from another source and can't (yet) be obtained on line. For information on these and to order contact the Hon.Sec.

Old stock at low, low prices: There are a few men's tee shirts (large and XL) and a number of ladies shirts (all sizes) available from the Hon.Sec. All at £10, buy now, first come first served!

 

 
   

 

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