Women won’t be squashed out anymore

Women wanting to take up squash now have more opportunity.

The Department of Sport has kindly made a financial contribution towards the development of female participation in squash and the club in South Sound will have a launch event tomorrow evening that will run every Friday.

There is also a new female coach, Karen Cheung, who has been appointed principally to make full use of this funding.

She wants to promote squash for women and help children in need take up squash outside school.

To promote squash for women the club is hosting a social squash evening on Fridays between 5.30 and 7.00pm where novices can get tips and players can improve their game in a social setting.

Members can take on players of all levels from beginners to advanced (former national players) and besides playing tips they can enjoy a happy hour and pot luck food.

A monthly fee of $40 will be charged to cover courts and coaching fees. With enough members the women’s group should generate a profit.

All profits will be used to enrich the lives of others, in particular children in need.

The Cayman Islands National Squash Association currently provides a school programme, where it encourages children to take up squash outside school.

Cheung is the co-ordinator and key coach involved in this programme.

She has an M.Sc. in the Assessment of Sports & Exercise and is a former Hong Kong national player and was recently the Trinidad and Tobago national junior and senior coach.

Cheung is working closely with the schools and teachers to deliver an exciting programme of squash as an alternative to traditional school sports.

More than 1,000 pupils will get a taste of the sport between now and June 2009.