Pontefract youngsters show their class

Pontefract's Northern Area Championship winners (left to right) Eve Perrin (girls under 13), Sam Todd (boys under 13) and Ellen Cooper (girls under 15).

Pontefract's Northern Area Championship winners (left to right) Eve Perrin (girls under 13), Sam Todd (boys under 13) and Ellen Cooper (girls under 15).

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The AJ Bell World Squash Championships are in full swing at Manchester Sports City and Manchester Central this week, with the British Junior Championships also taking place in Manchester at the same time.

Pontefract Squash Club hosted the Northern Area Junior Championships last weekend when some of the main contenders for British titles were on view.

Pontefract player Sam Todd, aged ten, already an England under 13 international, won the under 13 championship with a series of impressive displays.

He beat talented 12-year-old Harry Anderson convincingly 3-0 in the final.

Pontefract’s Ellen Cooper was equally impressive.

Cooper, 13, also an England international, won the girls under 15 title with squash of the highest quality.

Todd and Cooper are two young players who have a professional future ahead of them.

Pontefract’s third winner was the rapidly improving Eve Perrin who plays cricket for Yorkshire.

She won the girls under 13 championship and there is much more to come from her.

In addition to the three winners, Pontefract had three runners up in Jack Cooper, Megan Kaye and Layla Johnson.

Todd is seeded two in the British under 13 championships and were he to win such a prestigious title at ten years of age it would be a remarkable achievement.

Ellen Cooper, too, is a year young in her division but will make an impact such is her quality.