The next Alex Haydon could be unearthed at Clare Primary School or St Joseph’s Primary after a series of coaching sessions this week.
On behalf of the Clare Squash Club, former World Number 1 Vicki Cardwell, South Australian Regional Co-coordinator and state coach Jim Watson and state under 17 player Finlay Watson conducted a series of coaching sessions at the Valleys Lifestyle Centre.
St Joseph’s were invited to participate on Tuesday, with Clare Primary participating on Wednesday.
Student in Years 4 to 7 at St Joes took part in the sessions, while Year 4-6 students at Clare Primary picked up a racquet.
Five sessions in total were held on both days of the coaching clinics.
The aim of these sessions were to teach the students the basics of squash, introduce them to the sport and encourage them to join the Squash Club if they become interested.
Mr Watson said it was vital for the growth of the sport in Australia to get kids interested at a young age.
“For any sport it is imperative that you have juniors at a grass roots level,” he said.
“For clubs like Clare, and regional clubs especially, in my opinion in places like Whyalla and Clare and Naracoorte all have very healthy programs for lots of sports, but for squash getting kids on these courts is vitally important.
“We really want to rejuvenate squash from the ground up and get lots of kids involved.”
Mr Watson said the students had responded enthusiastically to the sessions and had impressed with their skill level.
The students and staff had both provided good feedback to the coaches after participating in the sessions.
Clare Squash Club are currently hosting a junior coaching program at the Valleys.
The Club is hosting a free come and try session on August 8 from 3:30pm til 4:30pm for kids interested in taking up the sport.
Following the come and try session the coaching program will commence and will cost $50 for a six week involvement.
For more information, contact Mel Treloar on 0409 157 068.