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Get involved as fresh squash season begins

By Tom Howe 13th September 2017

Get involved as fresh squash season begins
SQUASH TEAM: Newquay’s team, consisting of (left to right) Martin Burnell, Matt Waterton, Carl Megson, Mark Campen-Howarth and Harry Cobley

EVER fancied taking up a new sport, now’s the chance as Newquay Squash Team relaunches itself ahead of what promises to be an exciting season.

After playing and coaching the sport for nearly 40 years, Martin Burnell took the helm at Newquay’s squash team, known as the Newquay Old Boys, at the end of last season. The team has been training every week over the past two months in preparation for the season which starts on Wednesday, September 20.

All of the team’s home fixtures take place at Newquay Sports Centre on Wednesday nights and with away fixtures coming at various venues from Penzance to Bude. The team consists of four seeded players who play there opposite number. They play the best of five rubbers up to 15 points a rally (PAR). Once the match is completed, the visiting team is hosted by the home side who provide food and liquid refreshment.

Burnell said: “I felt the team needed some guidance, support and a new way forward and my aim is guide the team to promotion to the first division of the Cornwall County Squash League. I would also like to develop, raise the profile and attract new players to this fantastic sport of squash within Newquay.

“Squash is very vibrant in Cornwall and Newquay boast two teams. There is not much publicity for squash and my aim is to help advertise and promote this great game to the younger and older fraternity.

“I wanted to improve the team’s mental and physical capabilities for the forthcoming season so I have pushed the players very hard at pre-season training. We have had plenty of fitness sessions to improve their strength, cardio, flexibility and all round physical attributes.

“We have also concentrated on technical ability, stroke play, performance levels and match game strategies. I feel the guys are in the right frame of mind to compete this season and they are all raring to go.”

If you are interested in supporting, playing or receiving coaching, contact Burnell via burnelli281@yahoo.com

By Tom Howe 13th September 2017

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