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Did you know you could play Squash at your school?


What’s it all about?


Mini Squash is the UK approved programme for children aged 5 to 11 years and offers an ideal introduction to the game. Mini squash is the ideal opportunity for children to learn fundamental movement skills (agility, balance and coordination) which support the Key Stage 1 and 2 Physical Education programme of study that is delivered in the Primary Curriculum.


Mini Squash is a fun and exciting programme that fits the needs of younger children and uses specifically adapted equipment which can be used in school halls.


What is the specific offer to Primary Schools?


Mini Squash is the UK approved programme for children aged 5 to 11 years and offers an ideal introduction to the game.


The Mini Squash teacher’s award is a three hour course ideal for any teacher wishing to introduce a fun learning experience for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils. Designed by a practising Head of PE, this practical course features lots of ideas to introduce the game in a primary school environment, without the need for a squash court.


There is also a series of activity cards designed to provide instant lesson plans and forms the basis of the course with teachers supported by the range of brand new user-friendly equipment developed by Dunlop exclusively for Mini Squash.


Roseacre Squash Academy


Roseacre School, Bearsted has become the first school in Kent to create a Primary school squash Academy.


In October 2014 the school allowed Kent SRA to deliver a six week mini squash course to each of its year four classes. Mini squash is a great way for primary school children to get involved with squash and racket sports in general. Through fun but challenging activities the children


learned the skills required to play squash in their school hall before being invited to their local squash club to play squash.


Through the efforts of Roseacre’s PE Co-ordinator Gill Dickson and Kent SRA’S Development Coach Steve Franks there are now up to 18 new nine year olds playing squash weekly at the Maidstone Squash Club. Some of these children are now being invited to Kent’s U11 Junior Squad and it is hoped that they will go on to play for Kent in the near future.


The project was an initiative of the Kent Squash Development plan and any school in Kent which is interested should contact Steve Franks (elsteveo969@hotmail.co.uk) for further details.


14 The Kent & Medway School Sports Magazine


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