Women TRY Squash
As part of the Women TRY sport initiative the 21 June fell neatly within the Sedgefield Village Games event (17 June – 11 July). This event followed the arrival of the Olympic Torch relay in the village. Other sports clubs have held events to let local people try new sports like Karate, Rugby & Zumba.
As part of the Sedgefield Villages Games the Sedgefield Squash club welcomed a number of first time squash players and some ladies that had only just started playing squash, to the club. Both took the opportunity to get some free coaching, meet players of a similar ability and have some sociable games. The evening session (5-9pm) was deemed a success, as more women are being attracted to the sport of squash and it is hoped that new players will join the club.
Redcar Squash also hosted a Women TRY squash coached event for ladies. There was a lovely balance of people who had never played before and people who used to play a lot but several decades ago; girls who were still at senior school and ladies who felt it best not to recall how long ago school days had been and all nicely united by a nervous enthusiasm.
The session went very well. The warm-up period was gradually toned down as people realised there were a few areas that hadn’t moved quite so much in recent times and a gentler phasing in seemed more appropriate. Despite the range of standards, everyone worked very well together and all progressed significantly; certainly everyone’s laughter muscles were well exercised.
At the end everyone had had a good workout and they have asked for a weekly follow up session. The club is going to allow this and on the basis of this influx of players and enthusiasm from existing players, the ladies have decided to enter a new team into the Durham & Cleveland County league.