There are five Northamptonshire clubs, and one just over the border in Leicestershire, who have a junior coaching programme.
Children from as young as five or six can join in the fun, going up to Under Nineteen level. Beginners are always welcome at any of the clubs, which will normally be able to provide a basic level of equipment (rackets and mandatory safety glasses) for those that want to try the game out. Coaching is normally based on age range, although some sessions are split on ability and experience.
Most clubs will carry out coaching for fitness and technique, incorporating some game play into the activities. Juniors who have progressed significantly well are then also invited to partake in county coaching which takes place once a month from September to April. Squash training camps are also available in the summer holidays.
The clubs arrange informal junior matches between each other on a regular basis, as well as with clubs from outside of Northants. These events are run either as a round robin, allowing all participants to play each other; or as a team match in the same format as the senior county leagues.
The matches allow players who are new or inexperienced to have a go at competitive play, without having to enter England Squash graded tournaments. We find that once they have a few local matches under their belt, they are keen to move on to the next level.
Click on the link to learn more from each club: