Wimbledon Club hosts urban squash programme to help kids from Battersea
By a Special Correspondent
The Squash Squared Cup on Saturday 10th December this year is a wonderful opportunity for squash fans to help support a team that raises money for the most socially and economically disadvantaged children in London and gives them the chance to enter the world of squash.
All the money raised by the fundraiser will go to the charity; providing over 30 children with free after school care, maths tuition and squash lessons for over a year as well as the all-round pastoral support they need throughout their education.
What is Squash Squared?
Squash Squared is the first squash and education program to operate in the UK and is a registered charity with a committed board of trustees.
The initiative works with children from one of the most deprived areas of Battersea focusing on improving classroom achievement, learning a new sporting skill ( squash ) and being active in one of the world’s most healthiest sports.
Twice weekly the children are escorted from their school to The Wimbledon Club where they receive an hour of squash coaching combined with private tutoring, improving areas which the children struggle with the most, building classroom confidence, in turn resulting in better academic attainment.
During their squash sessions, the children learn how to play the game, have fun on the court and enjoy competitive matches against each other providing a valuable outlet from their often chaotic lives.
The children return to the school around 6.30 pm, fed, well exercised, homework completed and fully prepared for school the following day.
What we achieve at Squash Squared
Our programme gives many disadvantaged primary school children the opportunity to better themselves, provides extra-curricular education and teaches a new set of skills through introducing them to squash. This takes place within a positive and encouraging after-school environment which without Squash Squared they would not have access to.
The children grow in confidence and independence as they make their way through the squash programme, returning to their daily school lives with renewed enthusiasm.
What is the Squash Squared Cup?
The Squash Squared Cup is a team squash event taking place on December 10th at The Wimbledon Club and is the programme’s first annual fundraiser designed to raise funds and awareness for the programme.
It has been organised in the hope of raising enough money to cover the costs of the initiative for the next 12 months.
Six teams of six players, each comprising one child from Sacred Heart School and one professional player will compete in a diverse and unique team event designed to support the UK’s first Urban Squash Programme.
Each team is captained by a trustee from the charity and every player will be raising money for their team.
How you can help / Support your player
If you would like to help change the lives of some of the most disadvantaged in our society and donate to Squash Squared via our one-of-a-kind tournament, then please use the links below.
Our Just Giving pages have been set up so you can donate directly to specific teams which are captained by someone you may know. Each team is of course trying to raise as much as possible!
General Squash Squared Cup Just Giving Page https://www.justgiving.com/teams/squashsquaredcup
Team Hill : https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Michael-Hill99
Team Willett / Wilkinson / Kilpatrick : https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Wikinson-Willett
Team Allos : https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Team-Allos
Team Charlton: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/steve-charlton11
Team Molke: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Molke
Team Stacey / Martin; https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Stacey-Ross7
Playing and fund-raising
If you would like to take part in the event, come along to watch or raise money for Squash Squared or just like to know more, then please contact Stacey Ross at [email protected] or alternatively call 07811 465 073.
By being part of the Squash Squared Cup you can help make a huge difference to these children’s all round well being and education, thank you.