The success enjoyed by Squash at Epsom over recent years is built on a foundation of excellent team spirit. Our firm belief is that top results will follow if pupils enjoy playing the sport and feel part of a supportive community.
Participation is key. Squash is enjoyed at a recreational level by many pupils at the College, with three Games sessions and seven additional sessions each week. Boys’ and girls’ House squash tournaments have been introduced, and some Houses compete in internal squash ladders.
Growth in recent years.
Competitive teams include pupils from across the year groups and, during fixtures, the players support and umpire each other’s matches.
2018 witnessed the first College Squash tour to Jersey, with pupils playing challenging fixtures against the island’s senior and junior teams. We now hold a regular fixture against Old Epsomians. It is both encouraging to see how former pupils have continued to play at a high level for their university and club teams and inspiring for our current pupils.
Strong fixture list.
The fixture list has recently been extended for the lower teams. A strong 2nd V now play regular fixtures, and our U15 V, bolstered by some promising new players, have experienced much success this season, with victories over Dulwich, St John’s and Whitgift.
For the senior players, training is taken very seriously, with regular individual and group sessions with ex-international Neil Frankland.
The 2017/18 season brought real success for the 1st V, who went unbeaten for most of the Michaelmas and Lent Terms, winning 19 of their 20 fixtures. They vanquished old rivals Charterhouse, Harrow and St Paul’s, and progressed to the final stages of the National Schools competition.
2018’s crowning achievement was beating Eton in the final of the Roehampton Schools Invitation Tournament, a prestigious event featuring the best sides in the country.
The College has also scored victories in doubles, with Epsom’s first pair winning the trophy for best pair in the RAC Schools Doubles Tournament.
2018/19 will see further development for the sport, with the creation of a Lower School team and a new singles tournament.
The ultimate goal is to be recognised as a top squash school, attracting some of the best young players in the country, while continuing to provide opportunities for pupils of all abilities to enjoy the sport.