Mixed Ability Squash
An accessible programme where all abilities are celebrated
Find out how to
start delivering this welcoming and inclusive programme at your club/venue and
access educational resources and promotional downloads.
About Mixed Ability Squash
Many people still face significant barriers to participating in mainstream sports as a result of factors including disability, age or background. The Mixed Ability model takes an innovative approach to address this issue and break down these barriers by enabling people from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities to participate together.
We’ve partnered with International Mixed Ability Sport (IMAS) to develop the Mixed Ability model for squash. The Mixed Ability Squash programme aims to deliver regular and sustainable activities, as well as club membership for everyone. It is intended to be mainstream, and situated within the core participation offer of a grassroots sports club.
Why deliver Mixed Ability Squash sessions?
- Reach new audiences and attract new players who are less likely to take part in traditional club activities.
- Increase court usage and associated income at your club or venue.
- Increase the diversity of the membership whilst also fostering greater inclusivity across the wider club.
- Get a feel-good factor spreading amongst your membership with new faces and renewed enthusiasm.
Hear from clubs who deliver the programme...
Stratford Sports Club explain how funding from England Squash and local support from IMAS provided them with the confidence to successfully engage local community groups and diversify their membership.
- Read our Mixed Ability Squash Starter Guide to understand about the Mixed Ability model, gain taster sessions tips and more.
- Upskill your coaches with our short online Mixed Ability Squash course.
- Promote your sessions using downloads from our Mixed Ability Squash toolkit.
- Read tips for delivering Mixed Ability Squash by coaches who currently deliver the programme.
Gain training and support
Access Sport and IMAS will be delivering Disability Inclusion training which will consist of disability awareness and theory, followed by practical applications, with tips and ideas to deliver fun and inclusive activities. The training will be 10am-4pm:
- The Midlands
Tuesday 21 November, Burton Manor Sport Association, ST18 9AT
- Greater Manchester/Yorkshire
Wednesday 22 November, Pontefract Squash Club, WF8 4PQ
Wednesday 29 November, Walthamstow Cricket, Tennis and Squash Club, E17 3QN
Places on the courses will go on a first come first serve basis so express an interest in attending the training as soon as possible.