THE Beacon Bay Country Club Squash team had the privilege of being coached by South Africa’s finest women squash players.
South African women’s No1, Siyoli Waters, and Alex Fuller (SA women’s No2) taught young squash enthusiasts some new skills and improved existing talent at the coaching session on February 5.
A small group of the Beacon Bay Squash squad are in charge of organising tournaments on behalf of the squash section in order to fund the junior development programme.
Funding is raised from in house donations, tournaments and local business sponsors.
At present, the development programme has three coaches training the youngsters on a weekly basis. Head coach Tim Leeuw is assisted by Kelvin Edwards (Border No1), and Jason Longbottom who has been brought in to cope with demand.
“Having to coach 30 children is quite a difficult challenge for me. We work very hard to train these children, some of them play for the Border team and will be going to trials this Saturday and will take part in the National Rankings Challenge next Saturday. We are preparing them mentally and physically to become good squash players,” Leeuw said.
The development programme started out with seven talented youngsters and now has 31 players attending the training sessions on Sundays, at junior, intermediate and senior level. The senior group is from various clubs in East London.