Children from Our Lady and St George’s primary school in north east London celebrated the completion of the 2017-18 academic year in style. They have spent the year learning new squash skills and complementing their school work with additional numeracy and literacy studies. Each week on Wednesday afternoons they attended after- school sessions at Walthamstow Squash Club for an hour of squash plus an hour of additional academic studies. Paul Fennell and Vicky te Velde led the programme – both are Level 2 England Squash qualified squash coaches and Vicky is a qualified teaching assistant.
“The programme has been a roaring success, exemplified by the support we have seen from the school and the fact that there was almost 100% attendance during the year. The children have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and squash is a great outlet and an ideal sport to aid concentration and learning while still having fun” explained Vicky te Velde.
On Wednesday 18 July the children took part in their final session of the year to celebrate their completion of the course. Fun games, skills activities and some competitive squash games were well received by both the children and the parents and guardians who came along to join in with the fun.
“It has been a real pleasure to be involved with this project and watch the children grow and learn”, said Paul Fennell. “Our hope is that we can secure sufficient funding to embed and expand this programme as an initiative which supports children in Waltham Forest and helps build local communities”.
After the fun activities children were presented with their completion certificates which they all took great pride in being given.
Spirit of Squash will be taking part in the second annual fundraising event with our friends at Rackets Cubed hosted at the wonderful Roehampton Club. Teams from across London, including top professionals representing a PSA & Legends Team, will compete in the afternoon and then gather for a dinner and charity auction raising funds for the urban squash programmes. Our director James Sandwith comments, “This is a great opportunity for the London squash community to get together and support Spirit of Squash and Rackets Cubed, along with the England Squash Foundation and the PSA Foundation. Our projects introduce squash to disadvantaged children who would never otherwise have the chance to play. We then provide learning and leadership opportunities. We need to raise additional capital in order to expand our programmes and this event is just the right platform.”
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