The five-strong team from Dame Allan Schools won the under-15 girls’ title at the 2015 National Squash Championships in Manchester after beating Kenilworth 3-2 in the final. Laura Neill (14) captained the victorious team, which included Martha Spalding (15), Lowri Waugh (13), Hannah Ravenhall (15) and Annie Anderson (11).
Laura, Martha, Lowri and Hannah returned to the court to join the under-19 girls’ team the next day to finish runners-up to the team from Wycliffe School.
The under-15 boys’ team won the trophy competition, with team member Angus Foster (15) winning the decisive game for a 3-2 win over RGS High Wycombe.
Jane Dennis, sports coach at Dame Allan’s junior school and squash coach at The Northumberland Club, said: “We are thrilled to have won the national title for a second year. It underlines how strong our squash team is and it is a fantastic achievement for our talented and dedicated pupils.”
Dame Allan’s have also scored a number of rugby wins recently too, with the under-18 team winning the Keswick Sevens, the sixth-form first seven winning the shield at Austin Friars, the under-16 team winning the Northumberland County sevens and the year-nine team winning the County Cup against Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth High School. Two sixth-form pupils from Dame Allan’s Schools were recently named Rising Stars of Sport by The Chronicle.