Squash is a game that can be played all year round in all weathers. Played properly, it burns huge numbers of calories and uses every muscle in the body. As well as physical fitness, it builds mental toughness – setting goals, quickly making high risk decisions, learning to win and how to cope with losing (when there’s no-one else in the team to blame). All this builds young people who look after themselves and develop pleasant, capable characters.

In Blackheath Junior Squash the emphasis is on making playing games fun and allowing the player to develop at their own pace, practising good technique and playing games against each other that steadily become more competitive as the player matures.

Responsibility is encouraged and players are offered opportunities to help with scoring matches, leading warm ups etc to help develop well rounded, responsible players.

It is crucially important to allow young players to develop at their own pace and above all to make playing sport FUN ! Too great an emphasis on winning too early merely reinforces any pre-existing feelings of failure and serves to discourage youngsters from sport.

It is a sad reality that 70% of youngsters have given up active sport by the age of 13.

Beginners / Intermediates : For those starting with squash, this session covers the basic shots, movement around the courts and basic rules. After a coaching exercise to build basic technique, players are able to play against each other in friendly games to build experience.

Advanced : At this age, there is a greater emphasis on fitness, sorting out technique and competitive play. The warm ups get players used to doing press ups, sit ups etc and encourages players to build their fitness. Drill exercises build good technique and the introduction of a friendly “ladder” ensures players are always pushing their standard of play. This is usually highly effective at boosting the standard of play. Coaching is also given in the mental side of the game; dealing with losing, setting goals, learning to analyse their performance and think why they lost a game and what they are going to do differently next time.


  • Royal Borough of Greenwich London Youth Games Team 2013 represented by Blackheath Junior Squash

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