serving up free squash

COURTING POPULARITY ... Boldon Squash Club's Kevin Forster.

COURTING POPULARITY ... Boldon Squash Club's Kevin Forster.

A SQUASH club in South Tyneside is opening its doors for free Sunday social events to give people the chance to try their hand at the sport.

Throughout September, visitors to Boldon Squash club, in Sunderland Road, East Boldon, will be able to play for free on Sundays, between 2pm and 4pm.

The move is part of a nationwide push, by England Squash and Racketball and The Big Hit, to give people the chance to try out the racquet sport, after it proved popular with spectators at the Commonwealth Games.

Coach Kevin Forster, 55, who has been playing squash since the age of 18, said: “When we were told about the Sunday Social events in September, we thought it would be a good way to give people the chance to try out the sport, or looking for a way to get back on the court.”

“We have already had a lot of interest from people about the ‘Sunday Social’, but what has been nice, is how many mothers and daughters we have had inquiring about the sessions, and fathers and sons, as well as ex-members looking to come back.

“It’s a great sport for families to get involved in and a great way to get fit.

“As well as squash, people will also be able to play racket ball, which is a softer version of the game.”

The free sessions start on Sunday and are open to people of all ages and abilities. The bar will also be open for refreshments.

Thought to have been invented at Harrow School around 1830, squash is now a global game. In 2003, Forbes – the renowned American business magazine – rated it as the number one healthiest sport to play.

For more information, contact Mr Forster on 07866 903364, or email kev.astro@yahoo.co.uk

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