Mixed Ability Squash 57
Did you know one in five people in England have a disability or long-term condition? People with disabilities and long-term conditions can face barriers to taking part in sport and physical activity - but many people would like to be more active.
We’ve partnered with International Mixed Ability Sport (IMAS) to bring you Mixed Ability Squash 57 and help you open up your club to new communities and provide regular, sustainable opportunities for people to take part in squash 57.
Mark Goodwin, IMAS Director and Co-Founder said:
"There's a whole world of people in your community who feel they can't get through the doors. Let's welcome them into the club, once those doors are opened, you're going to have a whole new cohort of people using club facilities, socialising in the club and demystifying disability."
International Mixed Ability Sport is an organisation which works to break down the barriers people face to participate in mainstream sports by providing inclusive and open activities that are safe, welcoming and non-judgemental.
Barnsley Squash Club in Yorkshire and IMAS recently held a 'Have-a-Go' day where 30 people from the local community were invited to try their hand at squash 57. Watch the video below to find out more:
Why your club should adopt the mixed ability approach
- Attract new members.
- Become more representative of your local community.
- Provide fresh inspiration for founding members and long-term volunteers to continue participating in club life.
- Get a feel-good factor spreading amongst your membership with new faces and renewed enthusiasm.
Clubs and venues can work with IMAS to host Mixed Ability Squash 57 'Have a go' days. IMAS will:
- support with promoting the activity with local partners
- where possible source or signpost you to funding to support delivery of the activity
- advise and train coaches using IMAS trained experts.
This winter, we’re piloting the mixed ability model with affiliated clubs in Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside, Cumbria and Yorkshire in partnership with IMAS. In addition to receiving up to £500 of funding, IMAS will provide you with the know-how to deliver up to two open days and attract disability groups and local colleges. Here are some things you should consider before applying:
- someone from the club should attend the IMAS introductory webinar on 20 October (scroll down to find out more)
- you should be able to host two open days with a plan to integrate new members through buddy systems or provide regular opportunities for new players to participate in beginner group activity
- offer flexible or discounted memberships
- have coaches or leaders available to deliver fun, beginner-friendly activity
- use the England Squash App to record players.
If your club is based in Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside, Cumbria or Yorkshire, express your interest in the pilot and fill in our form before 31 October. After the deadline, we’ll follow up with a call to discuss the requirements and your involvement in the pilot.
If your club or venue is located outside of these counties but still keen to get involved, contact IMAS.
To find out more about introducing mixed ability sport at your club/venue, join the free IMAS workshop on 20 October. In this one-hour workshop, find out how to welcome a greater diversity of people, increase membership and become more sustainable.