Junior Squash Coaching

 

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Our new Junior Squash Programme is aimed to introduce young players to an ever-growing sport and to further the improvement of those that have already played this exciting and dynamic game.

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Introduction

Aylesbury Lawn Tennis Squash & Racketball Club Junior Squash Programme is aimed at introducing young players to a fun and growing sport and to further the improvement of those that have already played this exciting and dynamic game.

Catering for a variety of ages and levels, the Junior Squash Programme hosted by several England Squash qualified coaches will get your children involved in a great racket sport and make them part of the Aylesbury Tennis, Squash and Racketball Club family, paving the way for a great future in the game.

Our coaches are all England Squash certified, have qualified in Child Protection and have all completed Disclosure and Baring Services (DBS) checks. Several of them are sports first aiders and most importantly; they are all volunteers, giving up their time for the love of the sport and the desire to see our junior players excel.

1 The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Dates, Times and Prices

The courses run on a 12-week cycle on a pay as you go basis.

Below are details of the sessions and relevant prices.

Saturday 0900 – 1030 £5 Non-members

£3 Members

Wednesday 1630 – 1715 £2 All

The Wednesday session can be used to compliment the Saturday session or used independently.

The squash season runs from September to April, after which we will introduce Squash57 to our juniors. Squash57 (previously known as racketball) is similar to squash but played with a bigger ball and shorter racket. Introducing Squash57 to the juniors will allow them to continue to develop their fitness, whilst learning a new sport which utilises racket skills already taught during the previous season.

The Junior Squash programme will take a break for summer for July and August, re-starting in September.

Session Format

The sessions all start with a 10–15-minute warm up, which ensures we are preparing our bodies for exercise, therefore reducing the possibility of injury. Following the warm up we run through a short refresher of the previous week’s lessons. The main part of the session will involve the coaches aiming to introduce new skills, techniques and tactics using fun games and routines designed to encourage learning and develop the player’s competences, whilst also increasing fitness and general movement around the court. We close the session with a cool down and stretch to ensure we reduce muscle fatigue by increasing blood circulation while the body is still warm.    

All our juniors have different playing abilities from complete beginners to competent players who play in our internal adult leagues. We try to group the players as such during the sessions to ensure no one feels left out or gets bored.

The players are regularly encouraged to take water breaks from the filtered water machine at the club. Whilst the juniors are encouraged to refill their own water bottles from this cooler, water bottles are NOT permitted on court. 

Parents / guardians are welcome to stay and watch from one of the viewing galleries and we offer tea & coffee facilities and free Wi-Fi should you wish to use them.

Equipment

In order to maintain the integrity of the court floor for all our members, all players are required to wear non-marking indoor court shoes which are designed for squash. These can be purchased locally or online from several different retailers and can be very reasonably priced. Our club Tennis Pro, James, owns the club shop, which also stocks several styles of squash shoes. Should the style you want not be in stock he is willing and able to order most items in for you.

Players should wear sports clothing suitable for indoor sport which is breathable and allows them to move freely.

Rackets for all players can be loaned from the Junior Squash coaches free of charge although we recommend that once you decide to continue with the sport you should buy a racket of your own. These are also available through our club shop.

England Squash dictates that ALL squash players under the age of 18 MUST wear eye protection whilst playing squash. Squash goggles can be loaned from the coaches free of charge for each session, although once again we recommend that you purchase a pair of your own, again, available from our club shop.

What’s next? 

We have entered a team in the Bucks Junior 16/17 League, and are currently placed in Division 3.

The team consists of 5 players which are picked from our junior squash contingent. It is important to note that we aim to allow as many of the juniors the opportunity to play in the team.

Matches are played on Sunday afternoons at approximately 1400. Some of the games are played at away locations such as High Wycombe or Holmer Green whilst some are played at our home ground, Aylesbury Squash Club.  A table of fixtures is available at this link:

TABLE OF FIXTURES

There is currently no Junior Squash 57 league and therefore our matches will finish with the end of the squash season in April.

The matches will be attended by one of our coaches who will encourage and mentor the players during their games. Team members will learn how to referee and mark their team-mates games under the supervision of the coach.

Parents are encouraged to attend the games both to support but also to assist with the transport arrangements.

Interested?

If you are interested in joining our Junior Squash sessions then please email the club on admin@aylesburytennisandsquash.com, call the club on 01296 398230, or pop down on a Saturday morning and see what we get up to.

Parents / guardians will be asked to complete a parent consent form, which can be completed prior to the first session by downloading and printing the document at the link below and bringing it with you. This document is only required once per year, however, it is the responsibility of the parent / guardian to inform the club if any of the details change.

PARENT CONSENT FORM

Please give us a try, it’s great fun and a fantastic way of getting and staying fit.

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