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Cheadle & Stinson Triumph in Annual 'Active Tendring' Summer Junior Squash Festival 2013

Posted: 27.08.13

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The Active Tendring Summer Junior Squash Festival took place over five Tendring District Council locations in August. Active Tendring and England Squash & Racketball kindly provided t-shirts and prizes for the winners.

The summer junior squash festival has gone from strength to strength since it started in Summer 2006. It encourages junior squash players of all ability levels to participate and play at five different locations in the Tendring area throughout the week. Points are scored from their matches as well as a bonus 30 for each day’s attendance. The winners are those who ultimately collect the most points in their tournament category across the week.

Organised by North Essex Squash Academy (NESA) coach, Chris Vine, the festival visited: Harwich Sports Centre, University of Essex Sports Centre, Frinton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, Lexden Squash Club, and Ardleigh Hall Leisure Club.

This year there were three categories Year 8 and under boys, Year 6 and under boys and Year 6 and under girls.

There were two main contenders from day one in the boy’s two events – Zachary Cheadle, from Ardleigh Squash Club, and Frinton’s Josh Stinson. Both boys are NESA students and showed great improvements throughout the week. Their awareness of squash tactics and techniques developed and improved with Stinson getting more and more determined every time he faced Cheadle and they proved to be the closest of rivals.

As each day progressed it became evident that fatigue was a factor as all the matches played at the respective clubs were close and hard fought. After the second day at Lexden there were some tired legs arriving at Frinton for the next round, however the lure of competition was very strong and the will to win was still on display!

By the end of the week however Zachary Cheadle deservedly received the best reward for his efforts on finals day at the University of Essex, clinching both categories with determined performances and winning his matches to clinch the prizes! In the Year 8 category Cheadle (1sT) had 455 points and Stinson (2nd) 440. In the Year 6 category Cheadle (1st) had 303 points and Stinson (2nd) had 220. Harry Martin from Lexden came 3rd (also in both categories). The girls event was won by Ellie Hewes.

Chris Vine said: “A big thank you must go to parents and children for supporting the event, and to Active Tendring (District Council) and England Squash & Racketball who co-sponsored the festival. Many thanks also to the five venues where the festival took place, your hospitality was very much appreciated”.

In the photo – Back (left to right): Chris Vine (NESA Director), Josh Stinson (Frinton SC), Charlie Martin (Lexden SC)
Front – Harry Martin (Lexden) Zachary Cheadle (Ardleigh SC)