Squash Club To Rally Women At Open Day
SQUASH is set to become a whole new ball game as a York club launches a campaign to attract more women to the sport.
Dunnington Squash Club will host an open morning tomorrow (TUE 25/09) as part of Women’s Squash Week, opening its doors for women and girls of any standard to take to the court and tour the club.
Susan Brench, who has played at Dunnington for 10 years and oversees the three women's teams, said: "We want to dispel the myth that you already have to be a great squash player to join a squash club, because that particularly seems to put off women.
"We have a great bunch of female players at Dunnington including complete beginners, improvers and aspiring juniors. Very often we welcome back women who've lost touch with the game after having kids and busy careers for years or even decades.
"Of our 52 female members, some want to play competitively and we have teams of all standards in the York & District Ladies Squash League. But most of us just play for fun, fitness or the social side.
"The fact remains however that we're lagging far behind the men in terms of numbers so it's time to start redressing the balance and introduce more women to this exhilarating, addictive game."
The week - a global initiative which started on Saturday and runs until Sunday (SUN 30/09) - is organised by national governing body England Squash and highlights five key themes to boost female participation - empowering, fun, sociable, inclusive and lifelong.
Officials at Dunnington believe these reflect the squash community at all levels and will inspire more women and girls to start their playing journey or take their existing court skills to another level.
The free open morning will run from 10am to 12pm tomorrow at Dunnington Squash Club, Common Road, Dunnington, YO19 5NG.
According to Sport England’s Active Lives Survey, which looks at participation levels, only 13 per cent of regular squash players are female, and just 22 per cent are coaches.
Dunnington has set a target of achieving 40 per cent female membership within the next three years.
For more information on the club visit dunningtonsquashclub.co.uk or find them on Facebook. To learn more about Women’s Squash Week see englandsquash.com.
Squash Club To Rally Women At Open Day, 23rd September 2018, 14:36 PM