Squash Academy


Students at Ackworth School have an outstanding opportunity to play squash at a highly competitive level due to our unique affiliation with the world class Pontefract Squash Club. The collaboration allows students within the squash academy access to the highest level of coaching, offering a tremendous advantage when competing; this can serve as a springboard to a professional career within the squash.

The club has produced various world renowned players, in addition to establishing a sound platform from the development of younger players. Read more about Pontrefract Squash Club below.

Ackworth has a exceptional tradition of sporting excellence in recent years. This can be put down to a number of factors including, vigorous discipline, world class coaching, a flexible approach and huge investments in our sporting facilities. It is the intention that the Squash Academy follows in the footsteps of our other successful sporting academies.

Pontefract Squash Club

Pontefract Squash Club is an internationally recognisable name within squash, with former World #1s Lee Beachhill and James Willstrop representing the Club at world level.

Recognised as a Centre of Excellence the Club was awarded Gold Charter status by the sport’s governing body, England Squash. In 2016 the Club was awarded the coveted Club of the Year.

The programme is acknowledged as one of the leading squash initiatives in the country, drawing players from all across the world.


“The close relationship between Ackworth and Pontefract Squash Club has already proven successful, both for the school and the young players now in attendance”

Vanessa Atkinson
Former Ladies World No.1

“The environment at Ackworth gave me the room to pursue what I wanted outside of the school to the fullest degree, and yet balance that with a broader learning atmosphere, without any pressure”

James Willstrop
Former Mens World No.1 & Old Scholar

“It’s a privilege to be at Ackworth School. Not only is the education great, the fantastic support they have given me has helped me achieve the best I can in squash. This has enabled me to win two British Open titles and to be selcted for the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires”

Current student

“It’s a great opportunity to have such a fantastic education and a world class coach so close together. The school is so flexible, which allows me to train and keep up with my tournaments all around England”

Current student


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Sports Facilities

Sporting facilities at Ackworth:

  • Five football pitches
  • Cricket Pitch
  • Athletics field
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Newly built fitness suite
  • Five all-weather tennis courts
  • Two all-weather pitches
  • Numerous table tennis tables
  • Cross-country running courses
  • Two squash courts