Top squash players flock to train at Pontefract

Pontefract Squash Clubs James Willstrop will represent England in Warsaw in the first week in May.
Pontefract Squash Clubs James Willstrop will represent England in Warsaw in the first week in May.

Pontefract’s status in the squash world could hardly be better reflected than in the presence at the club for training purposes of players from six different nations.

They include Mazen Hesham, one of the brightest of Egypt’s rising stars and already a threat to all on the World Tour.

Also training at Pontefract are Evan Williams, the young New Zealand international, and Hollie Naughton, although originally from Yorkshire now a long term Canadian resident and number two ranked woman player.

Nadia Pfister, a promising young Swiss girl who was a semi finalist in the Swiss Championships, and Ellie McVeigh, an Irish junior international, and newly arrived Indian youngster Pranay Jain are also currently at the club

Nor does the club’s appeal end there since young English players from Essex, Northumbria, Warwickshire and Sussex have all visited the club recently to train, notably the prolific six strong Malik family, two of whom have already represented England at junior level.

Add Pontefract’s James Willstrop, Saurav Ghosal at senior level and Elliot Ridge, Sam Todd, Ben Sockett and Ellen Cooper at international junior level and Pontefract’s standing is confirmed.

The club’s first team go to Nottingham next week for the final round of the National Club Championships and the Premier League team visit Duffield on April 19 for their final match of the season

Ridge, Todd and Sockett will represent England in the European Junior Championships later this month and James Willstrop will represent England at the senior equivalent in Warsaw in the first week in May. Prior to that he will play the Grasshopper Cup in Zurich and the El Gouna International in Egypt.