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AJ Bell England Squash Challenge confirmed for Manchester from 24th to 26th November

England Squash has announced that Manchester’s National Squash Centre will host the AJ Bell England Squash Challenge from Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th November with all the action streamed live on SQUASHTV and Facebook.

Update 23-Nov, Nathan Lake w/d inj, Connor Sheen comes in

The AJ Bell England Squash Challenge will feature a men’s and women’s tournament each  containing eight players. The format will consist of two days of pool matches before the 1-8 playoffs take place on the final day.

To feature in the tournament, a player must have had less than five caps at senior World and European Team Championships, with the top six ranked players that fit the above criteria featuring in both draws.

Leicester’s George Parker headlines the men’s draw, while Millie Tomlinson of Nottingham is the top seed in the women’s. Each tournament features seven other players who have had less than five senior caps, including Richie Fallows, Patrick Rooney, Sam Todd, Julianne Courtice, Lucy Turmel and Jasmine Hutton.

Match Schedule :

All glass court matches will be shown live and free to SQUASHTV digital subscribers as well as on the PSA and England Squash Facebook pages, as well as englandsquash.tv. The side courts will also be broadcast on those channels, as well as the SQUASHTV YouTube channel.

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England Squash National Senior Coach David Campion said :

“We’re 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.

“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.

“We’re 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 Officern Lee Beachill, said:

“We’ve 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.”