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Fresh from Captaining Lancashire to victory in the Ladies over 40’s Inter Country Championship, Haslingden Squash member Shelly Walsh visited Mini Squash sessions at her home club Haslingden to show the youngsters what you can achieve.
Having joined the club 12 months ago Shelly stated “Haslingden has always been a keen supporter of Squash and it’s great to see how the club have progressed in recent years and indeed how far they have come even since I joined. The North West is a great place to play squash at the moment with the National Centre in Manchester, The Ladies World Champion Laura Massaro based at Chorley and now our victory in the Inter County Championships.
Having been voted North West club of the year runner up 2012, the club works tirelessly in promoting the enjoyment of squash and racketball for its members and with the creation of the Mini Squash the future can only be good for everyone involved. It’s a pleasure to be part of it.”
Also casting his Eye on Events Roger Fulton, Chair of Rossendale Leisure Trust commented how fantastic it was to see the efforts being made by Haslingden Squash Club for the community on a Saturday morning, from the very junior members to the older more experienced players the pleasure that all gain from being part of a great local sporting club was a pleasure to witness. “Everyone at RLT wish the club members well in their ambitions and development, we will continue to help as much possible”
Male or Female, adult or junior, If you haven’t played the sport for a while and want to get back involved or have never played but fancy a go then you can find more details on http://haslingdensquash.hostoi.com/
On Sunday 20th April a Girls Racketball Event for 11-13 and 14-15 year olds will be held at Leyland Leisure Centre, supporting the Leyland registered children’s charity MilesofSmiles.
Racketball is the fastest growing racket sport in the UK!
Quote from one of the girls who attended the course which finished on the 4th March,
“I have never played racketball before but intend to now. I really enjoyed learning a new sport – it was much better than normal PE lessons”.
Quote from Lauren Selby England’s No 1 Ranked Racketball Player who came up from Essex to meet the girls on the 4th March,
“I have been playing racketball seriously since I was a teenager and I am so grateful that I was introduced to such a fantastic sport. I am confident that once the girls step onto the court and get the bug for chasing that bouncy ball, they will never turn back. I am passionate about encouraging girls to get involved with sport and I think racketball is the ideal sport to do this”.
Want to have a lot of fun, then come along and have a go; lots of prizes to be won.
Entry fee is £5. All funds donated to MilesofSmiles.
To enter, please contact John Gibson on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to all of the people and organisations that have made this event possible, including:
Lancashire Sport Partnership in supporting both our Sportivate bids for Girls Racketball at Leyland Leisure Centre during the past 12 months, and to three local High Schools, Balshaws CE High School, Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology College, and Wellfield Business & Enterprise College.
Also big thanks to Paul Heathcote for sponsoring the event, and Leyland Leisure Centre for providing the courts for free.
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Lancashire Squash and Racketball in conjunction with the SportsDirect North West Counties Squash League and England Squash and Racketball wish to announce that a programme of free-of-charge MiniSquash, Squash and Racketball coaching will commence shortly.
England Squash and Racketball, the Governing Body, last year launched The Grassroots Development Fund inviting County Associations to bid for up to £3000 in matched funding to promote the sports throughout the country.
The programmes will initially take place at 4 venues across the County and will involve children from the age of 5 –16 years old. It will be delivered in schools and squash clubs by England Squash and Racketball Licenced Coaches and will be for a period of 6 weeks. This will be followed by further sessions for which a small fee will be charged to participants.
The programme was launched with Racketball at Little Lever High School on the 2 newly refurbished squash courts with 6 enthuiastic 12 year olds having a fun filled, hour long session today, 26th February.
It will continue next Wednesday with children from the adjacent Bowness Primary School taking to the courts for Mini Squash, a game developed to teach 5-11 year olds the basics of squash but most of all an excuse for having fun in sport.
With the concerns over the increasing levels of obesity in children, this is an excellent opportunity for them to enjoy exercise in a safe and controlled environment as well as learning new skills and most of all having lots of fun.
It’s not often that youngsters practising a sport get to meet the stars of the game, some of the best in the world, at one time, in one place. But for one group of lucky youngsters, members of the Leyland Junior Squash and Racketball club, that’s what happended on the quarter-final day of the National Championships held at the National Squash Centre at SportCity, Manchester.
Accompanied by their coach John Gibson, the girls took the advantage of getting a photo op with some of the stars of the competition, two of whom went on to win in their respective categories, Nick Matthew in the men’s competion and Alison Waters in the women’s. Added to that the girls also met Daryl Selby, World Ranked No 10 squash player, and brother to Lauren Selby, England’s No 1 Women’s Racketball player.