Year 4 Children Introduced to Squash through Festival

16th February 2018

On the 15th February 2018 11 Children from local schools: Amherst, Hautes Capelles, Melrose and Vauvert all took part in a squash festival held at Beau Sejour. The event was organised by the Guernsey Sports Commission who also linked up with Guernsey Squash.

Before the festival the children had two opportunities to have free training sessions before having the friendly tournament. The children were split into three teams all names after three countries: England, France and Spain.

The children firstly played against everyone in their team almost as a practice before competing against other individuals from other countries, this allowed them to play against others who play at the same levels. They all played regardless of their level learning about the sport while having some competitive fixtures.

Kerri Brown, PE and Sport Development Officer, highlighted how valuable the festival opportunities are.“These Year 4 Festivals are valuable opportunities as they allowed children to trial new sports in a friendly environment working with local coaches and ourselves. At this squash festival all of the 11 children who had no experience in squash showed exceptional progression over 3 sessions and we hope to see some of the children sign up to squash to play regularly in the community”, she said.

The overall winners of the tournament were Tyler J, Kobi N, Stella W and Finely S, who proudly represented their country, France.

The Guernsey Sports Commission team were looking for “Player of the day”. This goes to individuals who showed: Good sportsmanship, Fair play and all round effort throughout the afternoon. These were awarded to Paige D, Sam C and Daniella M. They all received medals for demonstrating this excellently.

The next free squash festival for year 4 children will take place on Thursday 22nd March. Which will be available for students from: Beechwood, Forest, LMDC, Le Rondin, Notre Dame. St Martins, St Mary St Michael and Vale.

By Leonie O'Regan, GCFE student