Squash Australia is thrilled to offer its Sporting Schools program to children across Australia’s school yards. The Sporting Schools initiative is exciting for all involved and we are keen to grow our sport and help children do more sport, more often.
Squash Australia is pleased to partner with Sport Australia to deliver this $200 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport.
The sport of squash is an exciting, fast paced court game, which combines striking with running, agility, co-ordination, spatial awareness and dynamic balance skills. It is quite unique in that squash is the only racquet sport where both opponents share the same court space.
As the national sporting organisation (NSO) for squash we offer schools and coaches quality programs that encourage children to participate in this great sport.
I’ve loved watching kids develop valuable movement skills with the help of a squash racket. The program is a lot of fun- for me and the kids. We share a lot of laughs and burn a lot of energy.”
Lisa Camilleri, Australian Squash representative.
THE SQUASH AUSTRALIA PRODUCT
OzSquash is a fun, play-based program designed to develop children’s hand-eye coordination, striking and other sporting skills essential for squash, life-long health and wellbeing.
In the Sporting Schools setting, the OzSquash program consists of four or five ACHPER approved 45 minutes to one hour lessons that can easily be conducted by a local squash coach, and/or PE/generalist classroom teacher as part of the school curriculum.
The major objective of OzSquash is to use a ‘learning through play’ philosophy to develop basic squash specific skills and concepts as well as other important physical and cognitive skills via fun games. Many activities within the program are adapted from the ‘Playing for Life’ approach where the major emphasis is on maximum participation, high levels of activity in a fun, inclusive and safe environment using activities that are easily changed, modified or adapted.
TEACHERS AND COACHES ARE OUR ASSETS
Squash Australia values the role of teachers not just in the classroom but in the school yard as well. Their enthusiasm for improving children’s lives is often understated. Society places its trust and confidence in teachers who as educators, have one of the most important roles for our children, outside of parents and carers.
Coaches are also a wonderful influence on children throughout their formative years. Coaches are the people who deliver the skills with fun and enjoyment.
The information below is a guide to how schools, coaches and sporting organisations can deliver the OzSquash program within Sporting Schools.
Schools, coaches, clubs and centres interested in getting involved with OzSquash can use the following contacts to find out more:
Contact: Meredith Hodson
Phone: 0416 633 195
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