Ackworth aim for glory in team championships

Pontefract's Sam Todd looks certain to win another national title at under 13 level at Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham.
Pontefract's Sam Todd looks certain to win another national title at under 13 level at Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham.

Ackworth School’s outstanding young squash players at under 15 and 19 boys and under 15 girls have all reached the finals of the National Schools Team Championships which will be played this week in Nottingham.

Sam Todd, Ben Sockett, Harry Anderson, Jordan Stewart and Ben Beachill, with an average age of 13, represented Ackworth School at both under 15 and under 19 levels.

They look unbeatable at under 15 level and they also did well to reach the under 19 final with a 5-0 win over Dame Allen’s School (Newcastle) in the semi final.

The girls won 3-2 at Manningtree (Essex) to reach their final with wins from Asia Harris and Grace and Polly Clarke.

This weekend, Pontefract’s best juniors will play the English championships at Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham.

Sam Todd looks certain to win another national title at under 13 level and Elliot Ridge, Ellen Cooper, Ben Sockett, Harry Anderson, Ben Beachill, Asia Harris, Layla Johnson and Joe Royle are all likely to make an impact.

Pontefract’s James Willstrop heads to London for the Canary Wharf Classic, a tournament he has won four times. Seeded five, he plays New Zealand number one Paul Coll in the first round.

After Canary Wharf, Willstrop remains in London for the Wimbledon Squared Open in which he is seeded one.

Pontefract host league leaders Leicester next Tuesday in Premier League Group A. Dutch number one Laurens Anjema will lead the team.

Pontefract’s Premier League first team had two 3-2 wins over Chapel Allerton and Heaton and they play Barnsley at home this week.

Pontefract has a long standing involvement with Airedale Junior School in which the children are coached and carry out educational projects with support from England Squash.

A second school to benefit from the Pontefract Educational Trust is De Lacey who have begun their programme.