Every January, a highly anticipated junior event event is the British Junior Open which sees 800 of the most promising junior players from across the globe testing their mettle against one another. Irish Squash are always well represented at this event and this year was no different with 14 players donning the Irish colours across the weekend.
This is a seismic event with over 500 matches per day, held across Edgbaston Priory Club, arguably England’s best racquets club, University of Birmingham, Solihull Arden Club and West Warwick’s Sports Club.
Ireland’s contingent comprised of Daisy Morrissey, Jamie Morrissey, Alfie Knox, Harry Knox, Jack Clery, Michael Lai, Harry Yeomans, Adam Power, John Day, Zoe Yeomans, Conal Jackson, Aaron Knox, Rebecca Day and Ailong Chen.
All players had brilliant tournaments, lots of winning and learning, testing themselves against the world’s best, in what will stand to them in their squash development. In particular, there was an impressive showing from the Waterford Celtic club who brought players as young as Alfie Knox, just 8 years old.
This tournament always proves to be an invaluable experience to each player, which so many lessons learned, which will fuel future training, to drive our Irish players to their best potential.
Massive thank you to David Noone for attending the event as a coach and representing Irish Squash and creating this video of the event – British Junior Open 2024
The sheer magnitude, entertainment and quality of opponent makes The British Junior Open a tournament that should be on all budding junior squash competitors calendars and is held in Birmingham every January.
Results of each player can be found here