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KIDS Minisquash, Squash & Racketball Open Day at Leyland Leisure Centre

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Nov 042014
 

Leyland - OPEN DAY KIDS Squash & Racketball 30th Nov 2014-page-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday 30th November we are holding a “KIDS Minisquash, Squash & Racketball Open Day” at Leyland Leisure Centre.

My thanks to Costa Coffee for sponsoring the event and to Leyland Leisure Centre for providing the courts free for the event.

Over the years various Governments have highlighted the need for our nation to get more active.

Sport and Leisure are important aspects of modern day life and have increasing important roles to play in the quality of life of residents in communities.

Minisquash, Squash & Racketball is one of the fittest and healthiest sports that any child can play.

The aim of the day is to provide opportunities for children in the local community to come along and try it! More importantly, have lots of FUN.

It’s for boys and girls aged from 5 to 15 years who have never played the sport before!

The Open Day is supporting “HEARTBEAT” a local registered charity.

To get your child involved  please contact  John Gibson on john@squashcoach.fslife.co.uk. or Mobile: 07970067703

 

John Gibson

Leyland Lions Junior Squash & Racketball Club

England Squash & Racketball Level 2 Licenced Coach

CitySquash: Enabling Bronx youth to fulfill their academic, athletic and personal potential

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Oct 062014
 

CitySquash is a not-for-profit after-school enrichment program based in the Bronx at Fordham University. The organization helps motivated and talented young people from economically disadvantaged households in the Bronx fulfill their academic, athletic and personal potential. Read more

College of Charleston Serves up Success With Urban Squash Program

 Coaching, Health and fitness, International, Schools, University/College squash  Comments Off on College of Charleston Serves up Success With Urban Squash Program
Sep 062014
 

Michael Hemphill, an assistant professor in the: Department of Health and Human Performance at the College of Charleston, says there’s one certainty when it comes to youth development programs that aim to place kids on a path to college: You need a hook, and that hook is squash. Read more

After the games: New drive to raise profile of squash in Scotland

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Sep 022014
 

Following the successful re-introduction the Scottish Schools Squash Competition in 2012, and coinciding with the launch of Scottish Squash and Racketball’s new resource for schools – Squash Try It, Play It, Love It – Scottish Squash and Racketball is aiming to boost the number of secondary schools pupils taking part in competitive sport in a fun and sociable format. Read more

One Mile Fun Run

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Aug 302014
 

HEARTBEAT - Charity FUN 1 Mile Run on Squash Courts 19 Oct 2014 Poster-page-1

As many of you know I am a BIG supporter of charity.

Having served in the HM Forces for over 30 years, supported St Catherine's Hospice for ten years up until 2010, and since then a number of other charities in the local community, I recently met the "HEARTBEAT" charity and said I would support them for the next few years.

They are presently located in Harris Park off Garstang Road in Preston. Next month they are moving into the old Preston North End FC Museum.

On Sunday 19th October we are holding a 1 mile fun run on the squash courts at Leyland Leisure Centre, both of which are glass backed, in support of Heartbeat.

On one court will be kids aged 7 - 15 years, on the other, adults.

The event will be divided into 30 minute sessions, five persons per court per session, (total places available per court during the day - 65).

It's not a race, purely a "FUN Race".
It's the first time any squash club in Lancashire has held an event like this.

I have managed to get Costa Coffee to sponsor the event and Helen Clitheroe, the GB runner, has kindly agreed to come down and open the event. Leyland Leisure Centre have kindly given us the courts free for the event.

Before the schools broke up for summer holidays I was invited in to speak to Year 10 pupils at Brownedge St Mary's Sports College. They are coming down to assist us, as volunteers, with the recording of the lengths (165).

The closing date for entries is Sunday 28th September.

We will be holding a photocall on court on Tuesday 2nd September, following that I will be sending out a press release.

If you would like to enter please email me.
If you would rather donate something, either yourself or friends, please email me or use the form below

Look forward to hearing from you.

Regards

John Gibson

Sports Consultant and Volunteer Sports Events Fundraiser for Charity

Mobile: 07970067703

Email: john@squashcoach.fslife.co.uk

Leyland Lions Junior Squash & Racketball Club Wins National Award

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Aug 122014
 

 

LEP - Leyland Lions Junior Squash & Racketball Club CLUBMARK Aug 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By John Gibson

Leyland Lions Junior Squash & Racketball Club at Leyland Leisure Centre have just been rewarded their England Squash & Racketball (ES&R) Bronze Club Charter in recognition of its development work.

Angela Cwaczko, the  ES&R North West Regional Manager, came down on Friday to present the award to us and,   despite it being the school holidays, we managed to get some of our kids down for the photo session.

The ES&R Club Charter, incorporating Sport England’s “Clubmark” is one of sports most exciting initiatives providing opportunities to develop clubs, coaches, volunteers and players.

Club Charter sets out core and common criteria for squash and racketball clubs to meet in the following categories – Duty Of Care and Child Protection, Coaching and Competition, and Club Management.

At Leyland our National Coaching Scheme starts with Minisquash for 5-11 year olds at Primary Schools. Mini Squash offers an ideal introduction for 5 to 11 year olds to the sport.  It helps the children to improve their coordination skills, learn some great new skills, but most importantly, have lots of fun.

Some of our Minisquash Success Stories:

One of our boys, who started with us as a nine year old back in 2004, is now playing squash for England Under 19’s. Another is playing for Lancashire Under 17’s and started with us as a 7 year old.  Our latest success story – a 7-year-old girl who started with us as a 5 year old, was recently selected to represent Lancashire at the North West Inter Counties Under 11’s Squash Championships.  Last year we entered a junior squash team in the East Lancs Adult Summer Squash League; the first time any junior club had done so since it was established twenty years ago and we have entered a team again this summer.  Three of the boys started in minisquash, and the team now includes a 12-year-old girl!

We also set up racketball for girls aged 11-15 years last year. Racketball is much easier to start with. It’s played with a bigger racket, a bigger and bouncier ball and is a lot of fun.

Our success would not have been possible without the great support the coaches, Dave Scurlock  and myself, get from parents, and staff at Leyland Leisure Centre.

Leyland Lions is the “HUB Club” for junior squash and racketball in the local communities of Preston, Chorley and South Ribble and is T-Shirt sponsored by Lloyds Bank.

For more information on how to get your child involved  please ring John Gibson on 07970067703, or email john@squashcoach.fslife.co.uk.

 

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US: Urban Squash Citizen Tour broadens the reach of the sport and of community service

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Jul 252014
 

Thousands of miles from home, Sarabi Rodriquez kept her parents updated as she traced United States history from Boston to the nation’s capital. She sent photos posing in New York and of her with the Massachusetts governor. Rodriquez texted from the U.S. Capitol and from a squash match she played with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) Read more

Can Squash Be Key To A College Education?

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Jul 052014
 

Starting this fall, roughly 40 students from schools in or near Over-the-Rhine will receive academic tutoring and learn to play squash at least three days a week. Cincinnati Squash Academy leaders say students will receive more than 100 hours each of academic and squash instruction during the school year. They’ll also do at least 10 hours of community service and have the opportunity to travel to squash tournaments. Read more

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