Lazarus and Forster headline English Junior draws

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2018 runner-up Max Forster and five-time champion Elise Lazarus have been named as Boys and Girls Under 19 top seeds respectively in the Dunlop English Junior Championships 2019 (EJC) from 8-10 March in Hull after the draws were released this week.

Now in its tenth year, the EJC showcases the very best of English talent featuring 288 players competing across ten age categories from the Under 11s to the Under 19s.

Top seed Max Forster (N’bria) will be setting his sights on the Boys Under 19 title, newly renamed to the Steve Hubbard Trophy but is likely to face a mighty challenge from current Dutch Junior Open champion [2] Lewis Anderson (Warks) who he’s seeded to meet in the final.

Reigning champion Lazarus, who receives a bye in round one, is seeded to lock horns with England No.1 Alice Green (Essex) in the final and contest the Girls Under 19 Steve Hubbard Trophy. Green will first have to overcome three-time British National champion [3/4] Katie Malliff (Bucks) who she’s predicted to meet in the semis – in what will be a repeat of last year’s Under 17 EJC final in which Malliff prevailed.

Current Boys Under 17 champion Ben Smith (Lincs) is favourite to lift the title once again but will face fierce competition from formidable trio [2] Adam Goad (Cumb) – the 2019 Surrey Gold champion, [3/4] Franklyn Smith (Sussex) and [3/4] Hassan Khalil (Warks).

The Girls Under 17 draw is wide open with last year’s British National runner-up [1] Maia Pannell (Hants) predicted to meet [2] Lydia Robinson (Yorks) in the final. Pannell and Robinson will first have to navigate past dangerous duo Saran Nghiem (Lancs) and Amber Copley (Yorks) who they’re predicted to meet in the semis respectively.

British Junior Open 2018 champion [1] Jonah Bryant (Sussex) tops a highly competitive Boys Under 15 draw and is seeded to do battle with [2] Finnlay Withington (Lancs) in the final. Looking to mount a serious challenge is current British National Under 13 champion [3/4] Yusuf Sheikh (Essex) and 5/8 seed Abd-Allah Eissa (Warks) – the current British Junior Open Under 13 champion.

Girls Under 15 top seed Torrie Malik (Sussex) will be looking to capitalise on her recent success at the British Junior Open in which she finished third and claim her fifth EJC title. Malik, the England No.1 is predicted to lock horns with Surrey Gold 2019 champion [2] Asia Harris (Yorks) – a repeat of the 2018 EJC final in which Malik triumphed. Harris, however is likely to face a stern test from Essex’s [3/4] Emma Bartley who she’s seeded to meet in the semis.

Gunning for national glory in the Boys Under 13s is top seed and Surrey Gold [1] Alexander Broadbridge (Hants) and second seeed Harry Bloomfield (Glos) with Luke Camfield (Surrey) and last year’s Boy’s Under 11 runner-up Dylan Roberts (Kent) seeded 3/4. 

England No.1 Meha Shah (Warks) tops the Girls Under 13 draw with former EJC Under 11 champion and Surrey Gold winner Charlie McCrone (Lancs) seeded second.

[1] Dylan Kalar (Berks) and [2] Jake Johnston (Surrey) are predicted to contest the Boys Under 11 title in what could be a repeat of this month’s Surrey Gold final in which Johnston emerged victorious. 

Reigning champion [1] Mariam Eissa (Warks) is in prime position to take the Girls Under 11 title once again. Seeded to meet Eissa in the final is 2019 Surrey Gold champion [2] Isabella Hutton (Sussex), the younger sister of former English Junior champion Jasmine Hutton.

The 2019 championships will be staged across three venues at the University of Hull, Hull and East Riding Squash Club and Haltemprice Leisure Centre. Main draw action commences at 9am on Friday 8th March with the finals scheduled for Sunday. All spectators wishing to see the country’s rising stars are welcome free of charge.

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Photo credit: Steve Cubbins

Community Sport Partnership update…

Rugby 3G Pitch

Happy New Year everybody, we are excited for what this year has in store for the final few months of the Community Sport Partnership project between the University of Hull and West Hull Rugby club.

The partnership has provided opportunities for both the University and West Hull ARLFC to raise the aspirations and future prospects of young people in the local area through participation in sport. It has provided opportunities for players, coaches, families and the local community to engage with events delivered by the University, bringing the campus to the club.

The University have invested significantly in developing its outreach programmes and have provided a wide range of events, workshops and activities to the club.

Here is a recap of what we have done over the past two years. Click here -> CSP Newsletter January 2019

Girls That Lift is returning to the University of Hull this February

Lawns Fitness Suite

Ladies, are you looking to increase confidence in the free-weights area and build the body you have always wanted?

Our ever growing ‘Girls that Lift’ is our unique female only programme, designed to teach you how to add free-weights into your workouts and perform these exercises with confidence. From mastering the perfect technique in the squat, deadlift, pull up and hip thrust, to learning all about barbells and dumbbells, this course will help any beginner get the most out of their gym workouts.
Ladies, this programme is open to anybody in Hull and surrounding areas. You do not have to be a student or staff member to join.
Girls That Lift returns from the 21st February, 6-7pm, for 6 weeks only, £30 only. Hurry, as there are limited places so don’t forget to call 01482 466234 to book on before it’s too late… #GirlsThatLift
For more information on the programme, please contact a member from Hull Sport on 

Register now for our female only sport/ fitness programme, Fabulass

At the University of Hull, we aim to inspire female students to get involved with sport and active recreation in a way that is right for them. That is why we have a range of female only sport sessions exclusively for you called ‘Fabulass’.
Under the Fabulass brand, we have many female only sessions taking place at the Beacon from Squash, Girls That Lift, Netball plus our sport and fitness programme. Visit our website for more information.
Our unique sport and fitness programmes offers a different surprise activity each week so you will never get bored. Each of our sessions are accompanied by the latest dance songs so it won’t even feel like a work out and it takes place right on campus!
There is no need membership needed, you can pay as you go – £2 and all of our sessions are open to students, staff and members of public so why don’t you get involved this year?
Sign up now, as there are limited places available!

The Hull Sport team was shortlisted as a finalist

The Hull Sport team are extremely proud and honoured to be shortlisted as finalists in the Outstanding Contribution category at the University of Hull Employee Excellence Awards. Eventhough we did not win, we are delighted to be shortlisted as finalists two years running.


Thank you to everybody who voted for the team, we are extremely proud of what we have achieved.


We will continue to inspire the University community to engage in sport and active recreation, with a reputation for excellence.



The University of Hull will host the Allam British Open

The University of Hull will host the Allam British Open, one of the world’s most prestigious squash championships from the 18-26 May 2019.

Dr Assem Allam, long-time sponsor of the tournament, announced the deal at the University’s new sports centre, The Beacon, on Tuesday. It is the first time the University will host the entire tournament, having been the venue for qualifying and round one matches in the past.

Assem said: “I am very happy to continue to support the Allam British Open and extend my backing of this great tournament. The British Open is a national treasure, and it is fantastic that we are continuing to build on the legacy of staging the event completely at the new sport development at the University of Hull campus and inspiring new generations to become involved with the sport in the region. I hope that we can attract many young students to discover squash for the first time in 2019 and look forward to working together with England Squash, the Professional Squash Association and the University of Hull to develop the sport in the region in the years to come.”

The Allam British Open is the oldest and most established tournament in squash. With a prize fund of £125,000 for each of the male and female winners, it is widely considered to be one of the two most prestigious tournaments in the game, often referred to as the “Wimbledon of squash”.

Steve Curtis, Partnership and Project Manager (Sport)​, said: “We are a university which is passionate about sport and this announcement is fantastic news. Our ambition is to be able to provide the setting to host world tournaments like this and our new facilities will provide an amazing location. We look forward to welcoming spectators from across the globe to witness what is sure to be a thrilling tournament.

“We hope the event can inspire the region to pick up a racket and give squash a go, we will be working in local schools to provide opportunities to try squash and to attend the championships on campus.”


Have you heard about the Active Wellbeing programme?

We all feel stressed and overwhelmed at times but incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine can really help. The Active Wellbeing Programme is a five or ten-week sport and fitness programme for students and staff at the University of Hull who need a little support improving their mental wellbeing. Our team will provide one-on-one support throughout the programme, attending sport and fitness sessions and offering guidance throughout.

Here are just some of the benefits –

  • Integration into University life
  • Improved mental health and confidence
  • Meeting new people
  • Strength and conditioning coaching
  • Facility priority
  • Coaching and session delivery

The programme is designed to meet your individual needs and is based on your interests and availability. For more information or to enroll, email 

100 per cent of previous participants would recommend the Active Wellbeing Programme to friends and colleagues.

Welcome to The Beacon. Welcome offer Annual Membership just £130

 Why not celebrate the opening of our brand new international Sport Arena; The Beacon with an annual membership for just £130. What’s included with membership? Save over £100 with our annual offer. New and returning customers can now enjoy all-inclusive membership for the special one off cost of just £130 (standard student price £19.95 […]


Campus Sport Programme starts Monday 24 September

The wait is over! Our new multi-million pound sports arena is open and facilities include a 12-court sports arena, international-standard netball courts, bleacher-style seating for 700 spectators – and this is the home to the Campus Sport programme, wahoo!

Whether you’re new to exercise or want to continue your passion for competition, the number of activities you can get involved with at the University of Hull is almost endless.

The University Sport Development team deliver all the sporting activity here at the University from social sports, competitive leagues, female only sessions, fitness and an established workforce programme. With the Campus Sport programme, there isn’t a membership fee or contract – you can turn up to our sessions and pay as you go. At all of our sessions we provide the equipment and coaching so you can just turn up and take part.

Our sessions are a great way of meeting new people, continuing your passion in sport or discovering a new hobby. Some of the programmes we offer include –

  • Campus Sport
  • Social leagues: football, netball and squash
  • University football programme
  • Football leadership programme
  • Volunteering
  • Fabulass: female only sport & fitness

All Campus Sport sessions will start from Monday 24th September so make sure you come along and join one of our 20 sport sessions!

For more information on the above, please contact a member from the Sport Development Team at, call 01482 466491.