Bradley’s return makes event extra special

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Teenage squash star Bradley Smith made a return to where his squash career first started to take part in a special exhibition match.

Bradley, who is now part of the England Under-19s set-up, returned to Leyland Leisure Centre and took on Sam Shuttleworth in the match as part of a charity fundraising day.

Smith started playing squash at the age of eightwhen he turned up to the club having never held a racket before in his life.

John Gibson was Bradley’s first coach but he decided to pass on the youngster to a national coach to ensure his development continued.

And since then, Bradley has never looked back, and even represented England at the World Champions event during the summer.

The pre-Christmas event was hosted to raise money for Leyland charity Miles of Smiles as well as celebrate the ninth anniversary of the Leyland Leisure squash team.

And in just a two-hour session at the leisure centre, the club managed to raise £300.

Delighted John paid tribute to everyone who took part.

He said: “I want to thank everybody who came along and also the people who help and support the charity.”