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Students Learn The Art Of Squash

Squash Taster Sessions have been started at Corby Business Academy this term in preparation for a new Session 3 club.

Jointly the Schools Sports Partnership and Squash England has funded the six taster sessions which will be introducing students in Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) to the popular racquet sport.

Pastoral Support Officer Steve Wedgwood has organised the sessions - which have been led by squash coach Sam Willis - and has also secured £500 of funding from Squash England for equipment.

Mr Wedgwood - who is a qualified squash coach - will be adding squash and table tennis sessions to his Monday Session 3 Badminton Club, which will now become Racquet Club.

He said: "The taster sessions introduce students to the basic forehand and backhand techniques and from there they can progress onto a more varied range of shots."

Squash England have committed to provide at least one, possible two, 10 week coaching courses at no cost to CBA which will allow Mr Wedgwood to take up to 15 students to local squash courts, where they will receive professional coaching. The sessions will start in September.

The new club joins a huge variety of extracurricular activities on offer to students at CBA. Session 3 (after school) clubs include golf, dance, hockey, netball, rowing, cricket and garden club.

Many of the clubs are affiliated to the Children's University which encourages and rewards students for taking part in activities beyond the normal school hours.