A National Squash Centre will open at Canolfan Brailsford, Bangor, this weekend, providing a permanent coaching base for Welsh players who are based in North Wales.

For the first time, Wales’ professional and junior international players will have a permanent base in North Wales, where they can improve their skills and also reduce the need for players continually having to travel down to Cardiff for national and 1-to-1 coaching.

Squash Wales junior coach Andrew Evans will be based at Bangor University, helping to grow the sport at Bangor University as well as providing a permanent coaching base for Welsh squad players based in North Wales.

The new centre will be opened on Saturday 16 December by Mike Workman, Director of Coaching and Development for Squash Wales and Professor Carol Tully, Pro Vice Chancellor (Students) at Bangor University.

Mike Workman said: “For a long time we have wanted to have a high quality training and competition facility in North Wales that would reduce the need for all of our players to repeatedly travel to Cardiff for national squads and 1-to-1 coaching.

“Through the facility at Bangor University we are now able to ensure our best players can make maximum use of their training time. Some of our younger players are combining university studies alongside their current squash commitments whilst others are full time professional on the PSA tour. This partnership allows the whole group to train together in one venue in North Wales”

Richard Bennett, Director of Sport at Bangor University said: “Through our sport strategy we are always looking for governing bodies who want to work with us in

genuine partnership and offer effective pathways for student athletes.

“It’s important that not only do we showcase our facilities but that we also provide an opportunity for education alongside an intense training programme.

“Our sport staff are able to provide individual support to those athletes who are currently studying towards degrees at Bangor, whilst Squash Wales are providing a high quality coaching and training environment for all of our student squash athletes”

Bangor University will also host the Wales U17 and U19 squads training camp this weekend as they continue their build up to the British Junior Open in January.

Home to 4 courts, including a glass back court with viewing facilities, Bangor University’s Canolfan Brailsford is the largest squash venue in North Wales and offers elite players an additional range of high class off-court facilities, including Platfform81, the brand new high performance functional training area that is also home to the Welsh Weightlifting squad.