2,000 School Children Enjoy a Love Affair with Squash at the National Squash Championships

2,000 School Children Enjoy a Love Affair with Squash at the National Squash Championships
Manchester is a well known destination for international sport, and since 2002 the city’s sporting centres have focused on creating a strong and lasting legacy programme that directly influences local residents.
Manchester boasts the largest squash programme in the country, and has been the venue for the Commonwealth Games in 2002, the 2008 World Squash Championships, the 2009 British Open & British Grand Prix and later this year will host the 2013 Men’s World Squash Championships.
This week, a record 2,000 school children from all across the region will come through the doors at the National Centre during the National Squash Championships, seeing some of the best British players compete for a National title, including double world champion Nick Matthew and women’s world number three, Lancashire’s Laura Massaro.
The sports legacy program also continues into their schools, with many visiting the Centre as part of their PE Curriculum or to take part in after-school sessions.
The program continues to reach out to the community; developing and growing programmes at Moss
Side, Chorlton, and Abraham Moss Leisure centre, as well as at the National Squash Centre, with children enjoying workshops and where the community can still feel the benefits of having a world-class facility on its doorstep.
There’s a fantastic opportunity for local people to get involved in squash and racketball across Manchester in February with the arrival of the Big Hit.  The Big Hit is a new national campaign by England Squash & Racketball which tours around the country throughout 2013, giving people the chance to ‘Try It’ for free at venues across the city.  The website www.thebighit.net is the place to visit to find the nearest sessions.
Head Squash coach Chris Lengthorn comments “2012 was a massive year for Manchester squash re-writing programmes, engaging new communities and creating new squash clubs across the city. I am really excited about the distance we’ve travelled and can’t wait for the rest of the season.
“This year sets out to be just as exciting with new programmes going from strength to strength continuing to increase participation in squash and racketball across the city and a target of engaging even more businesses, primary and high schools into our successful programme.
“One success story in the city in the establishment of the Chorlton Squash club based out of Chorlton Leisure centre and the road from the Nationals takes us to the Men’s World Championships in October which is also being held in Manchester, helping us to sustain and develop our squash and racketball legacy across the city,” he added.

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