Stratford squash club is celebrating the success of some of its young junior players.
The youngsters, who are aged between five and nine, have just achieved their Level 1 certificate in the national Off the Wall Squash junior progress awards, which have been developed by former world number nine and British champion, Daryl Selby, in collaboration with members of his family.
The OTWS Junior Progress Awards are six skill-based awards for young players to help with their development within the game. They have been developed by a coaching team to provide a logical step by step approach to help young players learn, practise and be consistent in a range of on court squash activities.
Junior coach, Dave Petty, comments, “This is the first time we have used the Off The Wall Squash - Junior Progress Awards,a scheme which is endorsed by England Squash. It has proved to be extremely beneficial to the juniors’ development so far.”
Ella Wasley had a double celebration as she was also awarded Junior of the Month for her progress and for her helpful approach to coaching sessions.
Daniel Chilvers and George Owen have both been working very hard to achieve an England Squash ranking of 52 under 11 and 73 under 19 respectively.
There are only three other boys ranked higher in Warwickshire than Dan and only two high than George.
Pictured from left to right are: Harry Spicer, Lucy Mayers, Ella Wasley, Hayden Mulcock and Alfie Simpson. They all had to demonstrate their ability to master six on court skills in order to be awarded with their Level 1 certificate. They are all now eager to commence work on Level 2!