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OTWS Player of the month May 2018

posted Jun 10, 2018, 11:49 AM by S Meanley

Hugh (year 4) is Off The Wall Squash's player of the month for May 2018, having improved dramatically in the last year.
Finishing 2nd in the Essex Grand Prix series and representing Essex in an Under 11 inter-county friendly. OTWS say
Hugh listens, always gives 100% effort and is a pleasure to have him in the sessions.

Runner up spot in Exeter

posted Jun 3, 2018, 12:45 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jun 3, 2018, 12:45 AM ]

Amelie (year 6) travelled to Exeter at the weekend to compete in a bronze level tournament.
Winning 2 of her matches 11-1, 11-3 in the first and then 11-2, 11-4. Her only loss coming to the eventual winner from Wales. Amelie taking the first game 12-10, but missing out in the final two 6-11 and 8-11 with some hard fought squash.

George signs HEAD Squash Team contract

posted Jun 2, 2018, 2:52 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jun 2, 2018, 2:53 AM ]

George, currently in year 5, was ecstatic to receive and sign a HEAD Squash Team Contract for 2018 at just 10 years of age.
George will be supplied with equipment from HEAD in the deal.
Well done George.

Commonwealth squash medalist Daryl Selby visits Mersea as new EFS sponsored team kit is rolled out

posted May 21, 2018, 7:23 AM by S Meanley   [ updated May 21, 2018, 7:58 AM ]

Today Mersea School was lucky to receive a visit and Q & A session with Professional squash player Daryl Selby.

Many of you will have watched with awe at the 21st Commonwealth Games held on April 4th – 15th on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Colchester based Daryl Selby, a professional squash player currently ranked 19th in the world was keen to improve on his bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games from four years previously and did not disappoint, bringing home a hard-fought silver medal in the men’s doubles event partnered with Adrian Waller to support England with their 136-medal haul.


Daryl has achieved:

12 career titles

22 Professional squash association (PSA) finals

Victory in the 2013 England world team championships

Silver in the team championships in 2011 and 2017

2014 Commonwealth bronze

2018 Commonwealth silver

And in March 2018 celebrated an amazing 100 months as a world ranked top 20 player.


Daryl is involved with Off the Wall Squash in Colchester Garrison, run by his sister, Lauren Selby, who was also a professional squash player before turning to coaching.


Daryl turned pro in 2004 at the age of 22 and is sponsored by:

Black Knight for his rackets

Mizuno for shoes

Ashaway for Strings

and 305 for clothing

Daryl also kindly signed three junior rackets, available for raffle on the playground before and after school this week (draw on Friday 25th May).

Mersea School Junior Squash Team have very luckily been supported in the way of a brand new sponsored squash kit, unveiled today, and what a perfect day to do so with Daryl in our presence. The teams have acquitted themselves well over the last few years, with fight and determination, but also amazing manners and respect on court. The school are current:


Year 3 & 4 Lexden Cup winners and have held the title for three years

Year 5 & 6 Lexden Cup winners

Essex school games year 5 bronze medallists

Essex School games year 6 gold medallists


Director of EFS (ELECTRICAL FARM SERVICES) Carl Powling was re-elected as Mayor of Mersea Island for 2018-2019 only 11 days ago and was with us to present the school with the new improved kit.


EFS specialises in electrical installation work and installs Solar Panels for both commercial and domestic clients. They also supply electrical products to the banking, agricultural, commercial and industrial sectors. The school are extremely grateful for the support.

Final grand prix of the 2017/18 season has a strong Mersea finish

posted May 20, 2018, 10:22 AM by S Meanley   [ updated May 20, 2018, 10:23 AM ]

Mersea pupils came out fighting at the final grand prix of the season. Rescheduled after horrific snow blizzards just 6 weeks earlier! The event being held at Lexden squash and racket club.

Hugh having been a strong contender all the way through the season in the year 4 and under category finished today in runner up spot, also bagging the overall runner up spot for the whole series and gaining himself a coaching session with Daryl Selby (Commonwealth Silver medalist 2018 and world ranked 18th), aided by Paul Allen from Lexden, to take place June 10th.

Ruby, girl's year 6 and under section today took runner up spot, by just one game in what has been a mammoth battle all season, taking overall runner up spot for the series to join Hugh in the winners circle in June.

Stanley, boys year 6 and under took a really good bronze medal position and took some games from the overall winners in his group.

George (year 5) and Henry both playing in the toughest year 6 and under group have been battling out with eventual winner all season in some hard fought battles on court. Today Henry taking silver medal and George the bronze and Henry digging his heals in for overall runner up spot and a training day with Daryl to join Ruby and Hugh. George is looking in a strong position for next year as he still has another whole year left in this age group, so overall 3rd place was a massive achievement.

Runner-up spot at Purley Copper

posted May 15, 2018, 12:43 PM by S Meanley   [ updated May 15, 2018, 12:43 PM ]

Amelie travelled to Purley Copper tournament on Saturday 12th May to contest an under 13 junior squash event.
Amelie had a good learning experience and took a great runner-up spot.

Year 5 and 6 Girls' Football

posted May 7, 2018, 8:38 AM by N Sirett   [ updated May 7, 2018, 8:38 AM ]

Connaught grand prix number 7

posted May 6, 2018, 1:31 PM by S Meanley   [ updated May 10, 2018, 11:14 PM ]

On 6th May a strong field of Mersea Junior squash players headed to Connaught Club in Chingford to contest round 7 of the Essex Junior Squash grand prix series.

Hugh took part in the year 4 and under section taking a good runner up medal today. This leaves Hugh in runner up spot for the overall championship with one round left to play. 

Ruby took runner up in the girls year 6 and under section seeing her sitting at the top of the leader board in joint first place and all to play for.

George took runner up spot in the toughest year 6 and under group with a whole year left to play in this category so looking positive for next year.

The first and runner up in the final will each receive a training session with an England ranked professional player.

Bronze tournament under 13 win

posted Apr 29, 2018, 6:18 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Apr 29, 2018, 6:18 AM ]

Amelie travelled to Moreton Hall health club in Bury-St-Edmunds on the 28th and 29th April to contest the Girls under 13 competition.
Winning three of her matches 3-0 and holding her nerve in the final to win 3-1 Amelie took her first under 13 category win.

George played in the under 11 boys section, winning two of his 3 matches to take home eventual 5th place.

Well done guys.

Inter-county friendly series Under 11 & Under 13

posted Apr 22, 2018, 12:43 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Apr 22, 2018, 12:44 PM ]

Essex Junior Squash sent two teams of under 13 up and coming players and a team of under 11 players to Kent on 22nd April to contest an inter county friendly series with Kent and Surrey.

Essex A under 13's finished 2nd and Essex B team in 6th. The under 11's took 4th in their group.

Great learning experiences for all the Essex youngsters. Players were Henry, Felicity, Ruby and Aidan in the under 13's and Hugh in under 11. 

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