9 Schools Compete in Squash Festival

24th October 2017

Thursday 19th October saw 9 schools compete in the 2nd annual Inter Primary Schools Squash Festival. Schools entered a team of 3 children with each child playing a total of 5 games during the festival event. Entrants included children who play squash on a regular basis and children for whom it was their first experience at the sport with the format of the festival ensuring that all children were able to experience fun and challenging games whilst representing their school.

Martin Watts, Squash Development Officer, was full of praise for the festival. "For us as a sport its great that the Sports Commission put these events on so that we can get our sport out there and children can try squash", he said.

In total 36 children attended two training sessions in the lead up to the festival to become familiar with the rules and have a go at the playing the sport. The teams were then spilt up into 3 groups of 4 and played a round robin format at the festival. Schools were then allocated into groups of similar ability to decide their final placings. Hautes Capelles Tigers were the overall points winners and sportsmanship awards were presented to Vauvert Leopards, Hautes Capelles Lions and Amherst.

Kerri Brown, PE and Sport Development Officer, outlined the aim of the festival. "We first and foremost want the children to experience and enjoy representing their school at a sport. Research shows that children who have had that experience are more likely to stay in sport and be physically active in later life. By working with Squash we are able to provide this opportunity to more children and it has been another great success.

Final Placings;

1) Hautes Capelles Tigers 2) Vauvert Leopards 3) St Martins 4)LMDC 5) Beechwood 6) Vale 7) Notre Dame 8) Hautes Capelles Panthers 9) Blanchelande 10) Vauvert Jaguars 11) Hautes Capelles Lions 12) Amherst

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