Jan 222016

Squash Girls Can At Leyland Leisure By John Gibson

Our aim at Leyland since setting up the club back in 2004 has always been to give youngsters whilst at school, especially girls, the opportunity of experiencing their first taste of the sport!

Squash is one of fittest and healthiest sports played in the UK. Thanks to Parents, Schools and many Organisations and Companies we have become the most successful Junior Squash & Racketball Club in the local communities in Preston, Chorley and South Ribble.

As someone who has worked in sport nationally with England Squash and British Tennis I believe youngsters whilst at school should try as many sports as possible before leaving school. It’s never too late to try a new sport!

Well, a great opportunity for girls to try the sport has been pulled together by England Squash our Governing Body.

It’s called “Squash Girls Can”. We are holding a six week course at Leyland Leisure Centre. It starts on Saturday 13th February and runs through to Saturday 19th March. Session timings: Midday – 12.40pm. All sessions are FREE!


Squash Girls Can poster

Quote from Mark Williams, Director of Participation at England Squash, “We have worked with Sport England, the Squash and Racketball Foundation and County Sports Partnerships to run 33 Squash Girls Can projects nationwide. This is an exciting opportunity to get more women and girls playing regularly, at present women make up approximately 20% of regular participants in squash and racketball. Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ campaign has been incredibly successful and we hope to draw from this success with Squash Girls Can. We hope that the campaign will increase the appetite for squash and racketball amongst women and girls and inspire others around the country to run their own Squash Girls Can events.”

At Leyland we have many youngsters, girls and boys, who prior to starting with us had never played the sport who have gone on to represent Lancashire at junior level, one of our boys for England. I will highlight the case of a young girl. She was 5 years old when she started with us in Minisquash which is for Primary School children. Now 8 years old she plays squash for Lancashire Under 14’s!

Never played the sport before, want to come down and have a go, well here’s your opportunity!

• Age Group – 11 to 14 years (High School pupils)
• Rackets provided

Interested? Then please get your parents to email John Gibson on, or ring John on 07970067703.

Look forward to hearing from you.

John Gibson
Leyland Lions Junior Squash & Racketball Club
England Squash & Racketball Level 2 Licenced Coach
Mobile: 07970067703