The children from Montessori-By-The-Sea elementary school have taken to squash like the little champs they are.
Under the guidance of South Sound squash coach Karen Cheung and PE teacher Karen Jane Ryan, Years 4-6 learned to play squash every week day during November.
Cheung said: ‘They are just loving it and want to keep playing all the time.’
Cheung is working closely with the schools and teachers throughout the island to deliver an exciting programme of squash as an alternative to traditional school sports.
In early November she held a coaching course for teachers and volunteers to enable them to introduce the sport to children of primary age. The schools programme provides an entry to the sport at the grass roots level.
Montessori-By-The-Sea is the second primary school to add squash to the sports curriculum, along with Red Bay, who brought three classes to South Sound in the first half of the term. Red Bay plan to continue in January and May.
When news went around the classrooms that Montessori-By-The-Sea would be trying squash this term, Ryan claimed they were excited and looking forward to it.
The Year 6 students were disappointed when Hurricane Paloma struck and delayed their start by a week. As the programme draws to a close for this term, the children are hoping for more to come.
When asked why they love squash, Marianne McMurdo, a Year 5 pupil said: ‘I like feeling the vibration on the racket and because hitting it makes me feel free and I love running.
‘I have to say I’m not the best player, but I have confidence that I can do it. I also like watching another game because it happens so fast, like in a flash and you’re like – wow – you don’t realise, but you’re that fast.’
With the programme continuing to grow, it is hoped that more primary schools will participate in the programme.
As the children at Montessori-By-The-Sea found out, squash is mentally and physically challenging but easy to pick up.
While it’s fast, fun and exciting, it also provides an ideal environment for the climate here in Cayman Islands .