AJ Bell England Squash Challenge
AJ Bell England Squash Challenge confirmed for
Manchester from 24th to 26th November
England Squash is delighted to announce that Manchesterís National
Squash Centre will host an AJ Bell England Squash Challenge between
Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th November with all the action streamed live
on SQUASHTV and Facebook.
The AJ Bell England Squash Challenge will feature a menís and womenís
tournament containing eight players each. The format will consist of two
days of pool stage action before the 1-8 playoffs commence on November
Englandís World No.40 Nathan Lake headlines the menís draw, while World
No.27 Millie Tomlinson is the highest-ranked player in the womenís
event. To feature in the tournament, a player must have had less than
five caps at senior World and European Team Championships.
The top six ranked players that fit the above criteria will feature in
both draws. That means Lake is joined in the menís tournament by George
Parker, Richie Fallows, Patrick Rooney, Ben Coleman and Joshua Masters.
Two National Coach picks are also included, and these are British Junior
U17 Champion Sam Todd and 22-year-old Charlie Lee.
Julianne Courtice, Lucy Turmel, Jasmine Hutton, Anna Kimberley and Lily
Taylor join Tomlinson in the womenís event. The National Coach picks are
23-year-old Georgina Kennedy and European Junior U19 champion Alice
Pool stage action will begin on Tuesday November 24 at 14:30 (GMT). Four
matches will be played on the showpiece glass court, while four matches
will take place on the Ďtraditionalí side courts.
The pools continue on Wednesday November 25. Play begins at 10:30, with
the final match of the day scheduled for 18:15. Eight matches will take
place on the glass court alongside eight matches on the side courts.
The 1-8 playoffs will take place on Thursday November 26, including the
finals. Play gets under way at 10:30, with the two finals - featuring
the top players from each pool - held at 12:00 and 12:45.
All glass court matches will be shown live free to SQUASHTV digital
subscribers as well as on the official Facebook pages of the PSA World
Tour and England Squash, as well as englandsquash.tv. The side courts
will also be broadcast on those channels, as well as the PSA SQUASHTV
"Weíre delighted to have this opportunity to put on an event that will
create additional playing opportunities for our players who currently
sit outside the national teams," England Squash National Senior Coach
"The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of numerous
squash tournaments both in England and around the globe. We felt it was
important to ensure that our athletes lower down the rankings had the
chance to return to competitive action and we are thankful for the
support of AJ Bell in helping us stage this event with the PSA.
"Weíre pleased to collaborate with the Professional Squash Association
to broadcast the AJ Bell England Squash Challenge around the world and I
look forward to watching all of our players in action later this month."
This latest initiative sees AJ Bell extend its relationship with England
Squash and increase its presence in the sport having previously
sponsored the 2013 and 2017 AJ Bell PSA World Championships, the 2017 AJ
Bell European Championships as well as the last two editions of the AJ
Bell British National Championships.
PSA Chief Operating Officer, Lee Beachill, said: "Weíve worked closely
with England Squash on a number of previous occasions and have provided
live coverage from tournaments such as the British Nationals and the
British Junior Open previously in collaboration with them.
"We look forward to extending that to the England Squash Challenge as we
showcase their players on our SQUASHTV OTT platform as well as our
social media channels."
England Squash Challenge - Menís Entry List
England Squash Challenge - Womenís Entry List