Bridlington Squash Club has always been a club for adults only, that was until recently. Over the past 18 months, Bridlington Squash have worked with some local schools in partnership with the management at East Riding Leisure, supplying squash coaching to local children by registered Squash England Coaches.
This week has seen the launch of the new Bridlington Junior Squash Academy at the leisure centre, which has proved to be very popular with all classes booking up within days of advertising.
Bridlington Squash are now planning further classes to begin in the coming months due to the high demand and will be on a first come first served basis.
Lead Coach Derek Boyd said “I'm so excited about the future of squash in the area, I began this project 18 months ago in collaboration with local schools as this is how I was taught some years ago. Over this time we were able to introduce squash to over 400 children and from there we have recruited sufficient numbers for our weekly classes. We now have moved to the next stage of junior development, working closely with Squash England and Yorkshire squash to design an in depth coaching program good enough to rival some of the best Academy's in the country with continuous, ongoing help, advice and training of all coaches”
Coach Harriet Cousins commented ‘ Squash England’s suggestion to reduce class sizes is really proving to be a great idea. I’ve been coaching level 1 which is girls and boys who are total new comers to squash and it gives us that extra time to spend with each child to bring them on quicker. The children really enjoy the classes’
All Junior Coaches are players in the current adult league and have all completed a stringent Squash England level 1 coaching badge. Several now intend to complete the level 2 Badge early 2019 further improving their coaching skills. They are also DBS checked and have completed a child safe guarding examination.
Bridington Squash would like to thank Brian Goodall of Bridlington Rotary Club and Cheryl Boyd at The Workshop (a local business) for their donations and sponsorship which enabled the launch of the Junior Academy. Any future donations/sponsorship will enable the growth of the Academy and would be greatly appreciated.
Bridlington Squash would also like to thank all of our current Junior Academy registered coaches, Nick Melarkey, Ian Thurlbeck, Steve Binnington, Harriet Cousins and Helen Maull for their enthusiasm and passion in helping local children to learn this great sport.
The current timetable for the Junior Academy is:
Monday 4.20pm til 5.40pm
Monday 5.40pm til 7pm
If you would like to know more about the Junior Academy of have a child interested then please fill out the contact us form below and one of our coaches will be in touch.
JUNIOR ACADEMY ENQUIRY FORM