Elite Junior Squash camp success13 Aug
Winsford Lifestyle Centre was the host venue for the recent elite junior squash camp delivered by Off The Wall Squash, the community interest company working in partnership with Brio Leisure to increase squash usage across the Cheshire West and Chester sports facilities.
Held between 27 July and 7 August, it attracted a number of Cheshire based and overseas players including Pablo Quintana the Spanish under 15 boys champion and Noa Romero the Spanish under 11 girls champion. The local talent included brother and sister, Richard and Lauren Hall the English number 4 under 15 and girls number 9 under 11 respectively.
The camp offered a number of diverse activities that included on court training, fitness development and regular swimming as part of structured warm downs. A unique introduction to sports science and fitness testing was also integrated into the programme courtesy of Fitlab, a new fitness testing operation located in Northwich.
The players on the camp also provided their time to play some of the local juniors from the Saturday morning junior squash session, providing the opportunity for local youngsters to gain a unique experience by playing some of Europe’s best young players.
The Camp is part of a wider programme of planned activity. Off The Wall Squash are delivering squash taster sessions for children and family racketball tasters at both Northgate Arena in Chester and at Winsford Lifestyle Centre during August. These can be booked via the centres.
Matt McFahn, Director of Coaching and Operations at Off The Wall Squah said “The camp has been a complete success, the venue was simply outstanding, providing a self contained squash environment perfect for the elite player”, when asked about the participation activities he said “the local Winsford squash players enjoyed spending time on court with the squad members, it’s important for them to see what they can aspire to and achieve. I know a number of the local players will attend the squash and racketball taster sessions, and I’m expecting these to be a great success to feed new players into the existing activity”.
Paula Jamieson, Business Development Manager at Brio Leisure said “ We’re delighted the camp was a great success, Brio deliver a wide range of physical activity opportunities for local people but we also have excellent facilities that cater for the elite athlete too and we’re already in discussions with Off The Wall Squash to programme in the next series of activities in the coming months”.