QCF are delighted this World Squash Day to provide an update on our squash grantees who are helping to bring the game of squash to a new audience across the breadth of the country.
The QCF Primary School Squash Programme has been operating for over a month now, with more than 100 children having received squash lessons at The Queen’s Club. In total 4 schools from within Hammersmith and Fulham visit Queen’s once a week to receive squash lessons from the fantastic Queen’s Club coaches. To ensure they do not miss out on any learning opportunities some of the children partake in an academic lesson while they wait to play.
The Queen’s Club Foundation is committed to ensuring new players and children receive top level coaching when learning the game. This is why QCF were thrilled to be able to support Capitol Squash and Rackets Club in St Helens to send 4 of their coaches on squash coaching programmes. They now have 2 qualified Level 1 coaches and 2 Level 2 coaches. Having more qualified coaches has allowed the Club to provide more sessions and a greater variety of projects. Over the summer they ran introductory courses for girls aged 10-15, and in the Autumn they will commence a school’s programme.
Hampshire Squash’s Junior Squash Stars Programme is proving to be incredibly popular. So far over 50 individuals have signed up to be part of their project, which is means they are over halfway to reaching their target of 100 new junior players. A great mark of success from the programme has been in the increase in junior membership experienced by local clubs since the project started.
Swavesey Squash Club are making great strides in helping to increase the number of female squash players at their Club with a tailored activity programme. You can read more about their work by clicking here. Their incredible offering of activities is led by our inspirational grantee Ali Loke. Ali made huge strides earlier this year when she competed in her first World Championships in Chicago. You can read more about Ali’s progress by here.
Finally, Bromley Cricket Club are coordinating an effort by local clubs to increase the participation of junior members in squash. They have just started a schools’ programme which will introduce over 500 primary aged school children to squash over the coming year. We wish them the best of luck for this project.
QCF is very proud to be supporting so many brilliant squash initiatives, and want to congratulate all of our grantees on their fantastic progress.