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Nantes Blog, Day 4: C’est Serme-sationel au Château!

Nantes Blog, Day 4: C’est Serme-sationel au Château!

French crowd go crazy for Camille  By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Roving Reporter So finals day has arrived and after yesterday’s semis, promise to provide another fantastic spectacle at the Château des Ducs de Bretagne. I am especially looking forward to the women’s final as the French No. 1 will try to become the [...]

September 15, 2019 James Roberts News 0

Nantes Blog Day 3: Makin our presence felt on semi-finals day

Nantes Blog Day 3: Makin our presence felt on semi-finals day

Great to see sports retail brand Decathlon teaming up with squash By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Roving Reporter It was a very early start for me yesterday as I had to catch a ‘Flixbus’ from Angers to Nantes at 7am. Flixbus is quite a new phenomenon in France, being their equivalent of National Express, [...]

September 14, 2019 James Roberts Fun Stuff, News 0

Nantes Blog, Day Two: Another day, another chateau …

Nantes Blog, Day Two: Another day, another chateau …

Casting light on a great business model for squash By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Roving Reporter After a great night’s sleep, my friend Etienne takes me by car to revisit the club where I played as an exchange student at the Faculte de Lettres at Angers University, Squash du Lac de Maine. This club, [...]

September 13, 2019 James Roberts Fun Stuff, News 0

Nantes Blog, Day One: Planes, trains and automobiles

Nantes Blog, Day One: Planes, trains and automobiles

I woke up to the headline ‘Greg Marches on’ By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Roving Reporter With five days of clothing, toiletries, playing gear, rackets, shoes, numerous World Squash Day shirts, several bottles of craft beer and two giant bars of Cadbury’s chocolate (gifts for French friends), I never thought you could pack so [...]

September 12, 2019 James Roberts Fun Stuff, News 0

“Squash à la Franglaise”: Nantes Open builds on Anglo-French “Squash Twinning”

“Squash à la Franglaise”: Nantes Open builds on Anglo-French “Squash Twinning”

“Squash à la Franglaise”: Nantes Open builds on Anglo-French “Squash Twinning” By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Reporter France and Britain: two great nations so close geographically and yet so different. We may take the mickey out of each other, with our “Frogs” and “Rosbif” jibes, but despite past conflicts, cultural differences and superficial disdain, [...]

September 9, 2019 James Roberts Growing the game, News 0

Nantes champions Declan James and Nele Gilis face tough draws

Nantes champions Declan James and Nele Gilis face tough draws

Giants Rosner, Coll, Serme and Perry are top seeds in French Open By SEAN REUTHE and JAMES ROBERTS Defending champions Declan James and Nele Gilis have been handed difficult draws at the Open de France – Nantes 2019 presented by Tailor Capital, which will take place at Chateau des ducs de Bretagne between September 9-14. [...]

July 16, 2019 James Roberts News 0

Opportunity to become the Amateur French Open Squash Champion

Opportunity to become the Amateur French Open Squash Champion

Opportunity to become the Amateur French Open Squash Champion By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Correspondent Squash fans heading to France this September to watch the Nantes Open, recently renamed the French Open, now have the opportunity to become the inaugural “French Open Amateur Champion”. L’Association Nantes Squash Sautron, the main French Open organisers, announced [...]

July 16, 2019 James Roberts News 0

Dynamic Duo Dazzle in the Domain of the Dictionary

Dynamic Duo Dazzle in the Domain of the Dictionary

Dynamic Duo Dazzle in the Domain of the Dictionary By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Reporter Lichfield being my hometown and a place where I still play regularly due to work and visiting family, I managed to secure a place at a dream event for any squash fan – to play and watch a ‘Dynamic [...]

June 7, 2019 James Roberts News 0

Tears of joy on a tension-filled Finals Day at the European Team Championships

Tears of joy on a tension-filled Finals Day at the European Team Championships

Fantastic French women dethrone England whilst English men regain title on home soil By JULIE O’HARE – Edgbaston Priory Club A dramatic final day of the European Team Championships at Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham witnessed a remarkable victory by France’s women’s team while England regained the men’s trophy. England were hot favourites for the [...]

May 4, 2019 James Roberts News 0

Spain oust defending champions France to reach first-ever European Teams final

Spain oust defending champions France to reach first-ever European Teams final

Spanish eyes are smiling in Birmingham By JULIE O’HARE The Spanish men’s team created history on semi-finals day of the European Team Championships at Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham, as they sensationally beat defending champions France in a long and dramatic match to reach the final for the first time. In tomorrow’s final they’ll play [...]

May 4, 2019 James Roberts News 0

Scotland gatecrash the semis on Day Two at Edgbaston as top seeds progress

Scotland gatecrash the semis on Day Two at Edgbaston as top seeds progress

Both Scottish teams continue impressive runs at Edgbaston By JULIE O’HARE The second day’s play of the 2019 European Team Championships at Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham saw all the Division One teams playing their third and final pool matches, with the outcomes determining the line-up of tomorrow’s semi-finals. While Women’s and Men’s top seeds [...]

May 3, 2019 James Roberts News 0

Great day for Scotland as top seeds seal semi-final spots

Great day for Scotland as top seeds seal semi-final spots

Scotland the Brave steal the show on Day One in Birmingham By JULIE O’HARE It was a great day for Scotland as the 2019 European Team Championships got under way at the Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham with their men’s and women’s teams both causing upsets that put them within reach of unexpected semi-final places. [...]

May 2, 2019 James Roberts News 0

Here Come the Girls: 3-Day Festival Launches Empower Girls’ Squash Foundation

Here Come the Girls: 3-Day Festival Launches Empower Girls’ Squash Foundation

Stars on court at Edgbaston to support new foundation launched by Deon Saffery  By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Reporter An initiative to encourage girls, and particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to get fitter and more active through participating in squash was launched with a 3 day festival of squash event at Edgbaston Priory Club [...]

March 30, 2019 James Roberts News 0

Behind the Scenes at the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Squash Classic

Behind the Scenes at the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Squash Classic

Behind the Scenes at the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Squash Classic By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Reporter As a PSA Foundation member, I was able to be among the first to secure Quarter Final tickets for this year’s Canary Wharf Squash Classic, purchasing 5 tickets for myself and 4 club mates. However, when [...]

March 15, 2019 James Roberts News 2

A Tribute to John Batty – the Epitome of the Squash Community

A Tribute to John Batty – the Epitome of the Squash Community

A Tribute to John Batty – the Epitome of the Squash Community By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Reporter Yesterday morning, on opening Facebook to catch up on the latest news from my friendship circle, the very first post that came up on my timeline was from John’s profile, which is not unusual as he [...]

March 8, 2019 James Roberts News 1