World-class squash player serves up OzSquash program to local schools
Two-time Commonwealth Games representative and current world-ranked 63 professional squash player, Lisa Camilleri is assisting children to both participate in physical activity and fall in love with squash in a fun and safe environment.
A qualified Club Development level Squash Coach, Lisa delivered two successful Sporting Schools OzSquash programs last year and already has another program underway this year.
“I’ve loved watching kids develop valuable movement skills with the help of a squash racquet,” Lisa said.
“The program is a lot of fun, both for me and for the kids. We share a lot of laughs and burn a lot of energy. It’s even more exciting to see that some of these kids are now starting to play in junior squash tournaments,” she said.
On top of running OzSquash programs within Sporting Schools, Camilleri is also involved in helping specific squash centres to grow their junior participation numbers.
OzSquash sessions aim to use a ‘learning through play’ philosophy to develop basic squash-specific skills and concepts as well as other important physical and cognitive skills with fun games.
Many activities within the program are adapted from the ‘Playing for Life’ approach where the major emphasis is on maximum participation and high levels of activity in a fun, inclusive and safe environment using activities that are easily changed, modified or adapted.
“It’s really great for me [personally] to be able to give back to the sport that has given me the chance to be apart of so many wonderful experiences over the years”, Lisa said.
Sporting Schools is a $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run an OzSquash program at your school? Check out all the details on the Squash Australia page.