FOUR students from Rainford High recently produced a remarkable feat in the squash world by securing bronze medals at the National Schools Championships finals.

Autumn, Jake, Mia and Noah battled through two gruelling qualifying rounds at local and regional levels to reach the national finals held at the prestigious Edgbaston Priory Squash Club.

The students were up against fierce competition in the key stage five mixed finals, including some of the biggest independent schools in the country such as Epsom College and Millfield School in Somerset.

Despite being the youngest team in the competition, as students Autumn and Preston are both in Year 8, they were not intimidated by the older students who were taking part.

An early victory against South Hunsley School, Hull, settled the nerves and despite losing to Epsom College in the next game, a close-fought 2-2 draw against Millfield School in the last game ensured Rainford High received a medal and a third-place finish overall in the country.

Year 13 student, Mia, said: “I have played squash for many years and it has been a dream of mine to play in the National Schools Championships. I am so proud of how far we came as a team.”

Principal Mr Ian Young, said: “Congratulations to Autumn, Jake, Mia and Noah on reaching the finals of the National Schools Championships.

“Their achievement is a testament to their talent, hard work, and the supportive environment fostered here at Rainford High through our ethos of ‘Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps, Everyone Succeeds’."