Carlisle Squash Club will host the first regional England Masters event of the 2019/20 season in September.

Taking place on the weekend of September 13 to September 15, it will see some of the best Over-35 players in the country compete at the Warwick Road venue as they aim to earn a spot at the Home Internationals.

Dave Box, one of Carlisle’s coaches, who recently represented England at this season’s Home Internationals alongside club-mate Dave Gray, helping them win the tournament, said: "We are always seen to be out on a limb in Cumbria. Some of the journeys for us have been five-and-a-half and six-hour journeys to get to the [other] venues [in the UK].

"So, it’s great they have listened and looked at the club and, after a couple of years of pondering, they have awarded it to us for mid-September.

"That’s fantastic news for us and there will be a lot of high standard squash played over that weekend.

"The facility is one of the best that you will find in the country. The tragedy of the floods twice in 10 years has allowed us to re-invent ourselves. Fingers crossed, it doesn’t happen again.

"But we are lucky to have great viewing facilities and the court is kept to a high standard. That, with a succession of youth coming through, is why I’m still enthused with it [the sport].

"It’s been a fantastic facility for me and I’d love to see it help to develop more talent that comes along in the future."

This month, Carlisle star Adam Goad also helped England win at the Under-17s European Team Championships.