TEWKESBURY SCHOOL SQUASH SUCCESS
National Schools Squash Success
A tribute to Tewkesbury School
England Squash and Racketball are taking the time to acknowledge and thank some of the great work done by Schools across the Nation, for their superb efforts in developing Squash in their schools and throughout their communities.
8 years ago Tewkesbury Comprehensive State School had never had an inter-school squash fixture. However a meeting between a local private squash club and the Tewkesbury School SSCo changed this. They are now working together to annually host Years 1, 2 and 3 taster sessions at the club. The school assists by ferrying the primary students to the club at the required times in the school minibus. The school also agreed to enter the National Schools Squash Championships.
7 years on Tewkesbury State School are National Schools Championships the Under 15 Girls category for the second year running, as well as runners up in the Under 19s girls category, and their Boys Under 19 team won the title in 2009.
Tewkesbury’s head of PE; David Graham-Kevan, praised England Squash and Racketball “for putting together a very inclusive national competition structure and offering coaching support to the school.”
This year 80 students will have weekly squash coaching for a whole year and over 25 students will represent Tewkesbury School in Squash competitions.
In addition, Tewkesbury have launched a Squash Academy where talented students have personalised pathways through their timetable to allow them to focus on squash at an advanced level whilst also not allowing this commitment to impact on their academic studies. The school is also organising a Squash tour to South Africa which is a great opportunity for young squash players to see first hand how international players play and train, which they can then bring back and use as a tool to develop the sport as a whole.