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Project completed – Capitol Squash Club. St. Helens

Capitol Squash now have 2 upskilled squash coaches and 1 new coach thanks to QCF funding. Two Coaches gained accreditation as Squash England Level 2 Coaches and a further coach completed his Level 1 Squash England coaching award.

The training enabled the coaches to deliver specific projects such as “Squash Girls Can” and “Summer Squash Camp” as well as helping with county standard junior players and developing officiating skills amongst the junior players.

The “Squash Girls Can” sessions for girls aged 10-15 were focussed on “fun”, “fitness” and “individual achievement”.  The coaches noticed a huge improvement in enthusiasm and confidence as the sessions progressed. Lockdown and the break from coaching initially led to reluctance for many of the girls to re-engage with squash, but the sessions ensured their fitness was enhanced , their love of the game rejuvenated and they have now renewed their membership at Capitol Squash.

After scoring and refereeing an exhibition match between world ranked squash professionals (Patrick Rooney and Connor Sheen) one participant, who had been taught these officiating skills by the new coaches said:

“I can’t believe I have just done that!  At school I won’t even put my hand up in class!”

Participant

“The funding provided by the Queen’s Club Foundation has already had a massive impact on the welfare, emotional well-being and level of fitness of children within the town of St. Helen’s – a region of extremely high social and economic deprivation. One of the group told me “I didn’t realise I could enjoy sport so much – I honestly love coming to the sessions.  They have helped develop my confidence so much”

Keith Hughes (Chairman of Capitol Squash)

QCF are supportive of making sport inclusive for all, and therefore have been extremely proud to have supported Capitol Squash, especially for the obvious benefits this project has had in encouraging girls back into the sport after lockdown.

QCF wish Capitol Squash all the best for the their future junior sessions, and hope they continue to make a big impact on the community.