Squash has grown in popularity enormously in the last few years at Shrewsbury and is now played by over a hundred pupils as well as by a dozen staff. The main term for squash is the Lent Term although squash is also played in the other two terms on the School’s four squash courts.
Squash is an excellent sport for developing balance, explosive movements and coordination. Many of our pupils use Squash as a training tool for other sports, although a growing number now regard it as a sport that they take seriously. Recent Old Salopian boys who are excelling include Zahan Dastur (Universities individual finalist and number 1 at University of Edinburgh) and James Kidson (1st V player for his University).
In the Lent Term, all team players train in Top Squad, which has two or three pupils from each year group who play matches on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and train on Mondays and Fridays. The School has fixtures against Shrewsbury Squash Club, teachers and parents, Old Salopians, Wrekin College, Bromsgrove School, Cheltenham College.
Apart from Top Squad there are also separate squads for girls, Fifth and Sixth Form boys and Third and Fourth Form boys in the Lent Term.
There is also an inter-House competition in the Lent Term, which is very keenly contested; each House team comrises one Third former, one Fourth former and two other students from any year group.
The School has forged excellent links with the Shrewsbury Squash Club who use the courts after 6pm every day. The Club's coaches Guy Rutter and Andrew Birks (former world no. 150) also assist in coaching players at the School and are available for individual lessons in addition squad sessions.