Bollington Primary School Squash Programme
Squash is a sport played in 185 countries around the globe, with an estimated 20-million players worldwide. However it is a sport that many children are not exposed to growing up. We are looking to change that by introducing a Primary Schools Squash Program here in Bollington.
We are pleased to announce the start of the Program in March 2018!
Three Schools, 71 Children (Year 4’s) and Bollington’s first ever School vs School Squash Tournament!
The plan is simple: Over the course of 6 weeks the local Primary Schools will take part in six 1-hour coaching sessions; 2 delivered to the whole class in their School Hall, before the final 4 sessions are delivered to between 6 and 12 of the highest performers per school. On the 7th week the schools will face off in a School vs School Squash Tournament consisting of Teams of 3. The winners will be crowned the first ever “Happy Valley Primary School Squash Champions”!
Stage 1 of the programme has been completed! The full report on how it went can be found here. In short, we went to Dean Valley, Bollington Cross and St John’s Primary Schools and delivered 2 out of the 6 Squash sessions to the Year 4 children. We have had a lot of positive feedback on the sessions and both children and coaches enjoyed taking part! We look forward to completing the programme after Easter when the Year 4’s start to come down to the Squash courts for the 4 remaining sessions…
Stage 2 and 3 of the programme has been completed! The full report on the Squash court stage and the Primary School Squash Tournament can be found here. To summarise, 34 were invited to attend a further 4 hours worth of Squash coaching at Bollington Health & Leisure. During these sessions the children learned the basics of the game and had to take in a lot of information. Everyone who took part should be equally as proud as both our coaches were of the progress being made over the 4 weeks! It was sad to see the end of these sessions for this years Year 4’s; but for 12 of the children their Squash journey wasn’t quite over! On Tuesday 22nd May the three Schools took part in the first School vs School Squash Tournament with was eventually won by Dean Valley after some very hard fought games!
Over all the Programme has been a huge success through out! We hope the Children have enjoyed it as much as we have and long may the programme continue!
Why Get Involved with Squash
- It has been voted the world healthiest sport!
- It is great for teaching children about movements, techniques and tactics.
- Big emphasis on Hand-eye co-ordination and judging both angles and trajectories.
- Hugely enjoyable and will provide a hobby for life that will keep them fit and healthy!
- Create links between local schools and leisure facilities that share a common goal of bettering and enriching a child’s education.
If you work in or are involved with a school and would like more information, or you would like to register your interest in the program, then please get in touch with our Head Coach- Chris Ogden.