Shrewsbury School

World Champion inspires a new generation of squash players

Thursday 27 September 2018

Some of our pupils have been lucky enough to spend two hours on court recently with three-times World Champion Nick Matthew.  

Nick Matthew, known as 'The Wolf', is England’s most successful player in the sport’s history: current National Champion, a three-time World Champion, a three-time Commonwealth gold medallist and three-time British Open Champion.

On 15th September he visited the Shropshire Squash Club, which is based at Shrewsbury School, to pass on hints and tips and help inspire Club members old and young - and Shrewsbury School squash players.

Some brief highlights of his session with the School players have been captured on video by Film Fellow David Clifford, narrated by Teacher in Charge of Squash Myles Harding:

Shropshire Squash Club boasts more than 200 members, including more than 30 juniors, competing in around 20 internal leagues. Their partnership with Shrewsbury School provides ideal facilities, and the School's Sports Facility Manager Ed Moore believes bringing in a star with the stature of Matthew is a sign of how much the Club have progressed recently. “The attendance of Nick Matthew highlights how far the club has grown over the last four years and its desires for the future,” he said. “It’s a pleasure to be part of the enthusiastic and developing club.’’

Shropshire’s oldest squash club hold a proud history. Formed by a small group of enthusiastic teachers just after the Second World War, their original court still stands today – albeit no longer in use.

The current courts have been in use since 1979, and the fruits of the club’s labour are now growing. In April they hosted their first national event – and the first ever to be held in the county.

 

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