Brackley Squash Club named England Squash Venue of the Year
Posted: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:28
Brackley Squash Club, the current Northamptonshire Sports Awards Community Club of the Year, have been named Squash Venue of the Year 2016/17 at a special ceremony at the 2017 Blowers Jewellers National Squash Championships in Manchester.
The Polar Squash Workforce Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding commitment and contribution of the squash workforce in making squash happen. Spanning 11 categories from Young Coach of the Year to National Volunteer of the Year, more than 150 nominations were received.
The Squash Venue of the Year award recognises the outstanding work of a team of volunteers/leaders/coaches/paid staff who have developed effective squash structures, coaching, playing and competition programmes to recruit and retain players at their squash facility (leisure centre, club, university, school).
In order to achieve such an award, the club had to provide evidence against a number of criteria:
- How they engage and recruit players
- How they have got more people playing and staying in squash
- Community engagement and how they have grown the sport within their facility
- Workforce involved in developing and implementing squash programmes
- Effective squash structures
- Coaching, playing and competition programmes delivered
- Number of junior and adult members
- Innovative practice
They also had to complete a 30 minute telephone interview with the England Squash Participation Manager.
Upon receiving the award, Andy Bright, Chairman of Brackley Squash Club, said:
"As a small club, it's a totally amazing feeling to win Squash Venue of the Year; it's something we never expected. We were happy to be in the top 3, but to actually win the award is unbelievable."
"This is part of our five year plan. We're currently 2 years into the plan and the next 3 years will see us building participation, looking towards additional funding and generally having a much greater involvement with England Squash. The ultimate aim is to be a part of a 'sports hub' facility in 2020, which is the next phase for sport in the Brackley region."
With squash participation continuing to grow across the county, Alex Le Guével, Sports Development Officer (NGB's) for Northamptonshire Sport, is keen to use the club's unprecedented success to raise awareness of a sport which often gets overlooked:
"The hard work of Andy Bright and his dedicated team of volunteers is an example for all sports clubs across the county to follow. I'm incredibly proud of their latest achievement and very much look forward to supporting them in the next phase of their five year plan."
"With six junior coaching programmes running across Northamptonshire every week, the inaugural Workplace Challenge Squash Competition on the horizon and a 'Month of Squash' Campaign being planned for April, there's never been a better time to pick up your racket and get involved!"
For more information about squash in Northamptonshire, please contact Alex Le Guével, Sports Development Officer (NGB's):
Office: 01604 367133