Urban squash programmes provide extra-curricular educational
support to socially and economically disadvantaged children and
introduce them to squash. They play a vital role in making sure
the sport reaches the masses at grass roots level and they
provide an opportunity to play and study in safe surroundings.
In most instances the children will not have heard of squash.
The Wimbledon Club is the first club in the United Kingdom to
found, support and run such a scheme. In part, it does so as a
way of contributing to the local community and its efforts have
been praised by England Squash.
Selection to join the programme is strict and based on set
criteria, a child’ s entitlement to free school meals, their
work ethic, behaviour at school, family circumstances and a need
for help to keep up academically are all considered factors.
Places are over-subscribed by nearly 3 to 1.
Twice a week children from some of the most deprived areas of
Battersea are escorted from their school, Sacred Heart, to the
club where they receive an hour of squash coaching during
off-peak hours combined with private tutoring. The children are
then fed and returned to school. The coaching, tutoring and food
supplied is completely free to the families whose children are
If you would like more information or be interested in becoming
involved please contact Stacey Ross ;
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