November saw the student squash society at Harper Adams University play their very first competitive games in a friendly match against Shrewsbury Squash and Racketball Club (SSRC).
A team of 10 students took on 10 slightly older players from SSRC in a contest of youth versus experience. After a few hours of exhausting, but enjoyable and spirited battle, experience won the day, but a challenge for a rematch was immediately offered and will take place in early 2015.
The Harper Adams Squash society have been adopted by SSRC as a satellite club under the England Squash & Racketball initiative, which has allowed funding to be made available from ESR. This in turn has allowed further funding to be secured from both the Local Authority’s Energise programme and also Harper Adams University and the Student Union. In all this has resulted in a 3 year programme which will fund structured coaching and club sessions as well as providing appropriate rackets and equipment.
Maddi Scott, the Chair of the Squash Society said: “We have a 3 year plan to set up a sustainable Squash society and club, that new students will want to join and can also compete in the local county leagues.”
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