Top tips for delivering Squash 57 sessions
Bev Vatcher from West Hants Lawn Tennis & Squash Club has been delivering Squash 57 group sessions to players of all ages and abilities. In recent months, Bev has attracted 60 new players.
Bev reveals her top tips for running successful group sessions...
Make it fun and friendly
A good group/social session needs to be really fun and friendly. Many people take part for the social aspect, so making time for this is important. The coach needs to be interactive and there needs to be a good blend of coaching, game play and social time.
Different players have different needs and motivation so it’s important for a coach to identify these. For example, some players like to develop their skills and improve their game, whilst others are motivated by improving their fitness.
End on a high
I like to end my sessions with a doubles match and I am always happy to join in. Doubles Squash 57 is a great way to bring out the social side of the sport, it’s a lot of fun and the players like it. A coffee at the end is a great way to get to know players.
Connect via Whatapp
I like to remind people about the sessions via a Whatsapp group. Players can also connect with each other which gives a real sense of community.
Offer incentives to non-members
Remember there are lots of people in your community who might want to get involved who aren’t club members, so provide an opportunity for them. We offer the first Sunday in the month to non-members to come and use the club for free, it’s a great way to get new people in to try a new sport.
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