Leamington Lawn Tennis and Squash Club celebrated the launch of its all new Junior Squash Academy on 8 March 2017. The Academy, sponsored by Warwick-based Phillips 66, was opened by World No. 8 and 2015 British National Champion Sarah Jane Perry, who took time out of her busy schedule to coach and inspire the young squash players.
Chairman of the Squash Club, Ming Lee, said, “Leamington has always taken great pride in encouraging young members of the community to play squash and we’ve had some high profile players come through the ranks, such as former world no 11. Emma Beddoes. We are delighted to be partnering with Phillips 66 to create a clear pathway and academy programme so our young squash players can dedicate themselves and achieve their potential.
The academy is being run by England Club Coach of the Year 2016, Jason Pike, and is already seeing success. Five Leamington juniors are ranked in the Top 25 for their age group in England and have been chosen to train with the elite England Squash West Midlands Aspire Programme.
Anne Day, Brand Communications Manager at Phillips 66, said, “Our company vision is ‘Providing energy – Improving lives’ and our support of the new Junior Squash Academy reflects this vision. We are delighted to play a part in supporting the sports club’s goal of delivering great sporting programmes which will undoubtedly help local children create positive lifelong sporting habits.”