The Wycombe High School under-17 squash team have proven their worth and qualified for the National Schools Squash Finals later this month.

This is their sixth consecutive trip to the National Schools Squash Finals – a tremendous achievement.

As a new age group band for this competition, the team worked hard in the initial stages of the tournament to win two of their Stage 1 matches against Wycombe Abbey School (11-6) and Aylesbury High School (12-6). 

Despite losing to North Leamington (5-14) and Comberton Village (5-15) thereafter, they still qualified for Stage 2 of the competition where they faced a tough match against Sevenoaks.

With a place in the National Finals up for grabs, the students worked brilliantly as a team to dispatch the opposition 16-1 - a fantastic performance at this stage of the competition. 

The team must now prepare for their debut at Under 17 level at the National Schools Finals at the Nottingham Squash Rackets Club on March 19 and 20, where they are hoping to be joined by the under-15 team who will hopefully confirm their place at the beginning of March, after their stage 2 match against Tring School on February 27. 

Jubilant team manager, Alison Vadas commented: “The standard of squash in the GU17 category, introduced for the first time this year, is incredibly high so it is a fantastic achievement for the Wycombe High girls to reach the National Finals, which this year comprises just the top four schools in the country."

Wycombe High School director of sport, Tasha Saint-Smith said: "The school is immensely proud.  They are a hugely talented team who have worked so hard and we are all very excited to see how they do at the Championships."

Sally Jarrett, head teacher, added: "We are delighted that our U17 Squash Team have qualified for the National Finals. We are very proud of them and wish them every success."

Team: Abbie Summer, Hannah Krasner, Alysha Martin, Lucy Herritty, Gina Mullis, Stephanie Williams.