The Pontefract Junior Open Championships begin today (Friday) and have attracted over 180 players, not only from all parts of the country, but from all over the world.
Long time Pontefract player Andrew Cross coaches at national level in Malaysia,the home of the world’s outstanding woman player Nicole David, and he brings a contingent of top class Malaysians,who invariably do well.
Another former Pontefract player Lauren Siddall, who represented England at under 19 level, now coaches in Sourh Africa and she too will be bringing players.
One of the many reasons for the popularity of the event, which is masterminded by tournament organiser Terry Dudley, is that it leads into the British Junior Open in Sheffield which this year has attracted over 400 players from over 30 countries.
Jack Cooper (under 19)and Sam Todd (under 13), both England internationals, are seeded one in Pontefract, so will carry hopes of local success.
Cooper was selected to represent England at under 20 level in two Test matches against Wales and Scotland last weekend.
A large crowd gathered at Pontefract Squash Club to watch Dale Rimmington take on James Willstrop in a charity match, the proceeds of which will go towards providing children from Airedale Junior School with squash coaching and theatre visits.
The coaching has been in existence for the best part of 2013 and 60 children have already been involved.
Dale and the enthusiastic group of friends and family who gathered to watch him in action raised £800 and the club and the school wish to offer their thanks to them all.