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Promoting Schools Sports and Keeping the Fun in Sport: Egolisquash Bronze Tournament ‘Giving a child the chance to play is only half of the battle – children cannot play and learn effectively if they do not have fun’. With the growing popularity of computer, video games and television amongst a significant number of youths; participation in sports has declined and this has fostered inactive lifestyles. Despite this, the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture in South Africa has made huge strides to uplift the standard of sports in South Africa by implementing the Schools Sports Policy which mandates that Physical Education (PE) should make up 6-10% of curriculum time in all schools. However, gaps still exist in opportunities for local school sports competition designed for beginners and intermediate players. However, through Squash SA, Egolisquash has made huge strides in introducing a great way for Johannesburg Inner-city, Soweto and Alexandra entry-level school learners to enjoy the thrill of competition through the Bronze Tournament. The Bronze Tournament is envisaged to revive the fading sporting spirit and culture among young people.

Committee Barry Hendricks (Chairman), Jamie Fortune (Vice-Chairman & League), Roland Skinner (Treasurer), Cecile Van Rie (Marking & Refereeing), Mike Tootill (Jarvis / Kaplan), Glenn Lazarus (Mass Participation), Angelique Clifton-Parks (Tournaments), Graham Prior (High Performance), Irene Maxton (Schools), Paul Vermaak (Club Development), Jeannie Holden (Administrator), Sharon Sibanda (Programme co-ordination),


On the 27th of February, Egolisquash through Squash SA hosted a fun-filled Bronze tournament for schools such as Liberty Community College, Highlands North, Sandringham High School, Phoenix College, Thusong Youth Alex and Edmund Rice (Free State) to compete in the Bronze tournament for beginners and inter-mediate players. A total of 76 learners, 12 educators, six coaches participated in the tournament.

Committee Barry Hendricks (Chairman), Jamie Fortune (Vice-Chairman & League), Roland Skinner (Treasurer), Cecile Van Rie (Marking & Refereeing), Mike Tootill (Jarvis / Kaplan), Glenn Lazarus (Mass Participation), Angelique Clifton-Parks (Tournaments), Graham Prior (High Performance), Irene Maxton (Schools), Paul Vermaak (Club Development), Jeannie Holden (Administrator), Sharon Sibanda (Programme co-ordination),


The objective of the Tournament was to prepare athletes for the competitive environment, provide an opportunity for them to test their level of play and interact with other learners from other schools. The emphasis was on ensuring that learners have fun, gain confidence and play in a low-pressure environment with friends. The tournament was set based on three levels; beginners, intermediate and improver basis and it was offered in an individual bell tournament format. Through the bell tournament, learners were able to compete with players of similar age and skill level.

Fun, interaction, developing squash skills were the order of the day

Committee Barry Hendricks (Chairman), Jamie Fortune (Vice-Chairman & League), Roland Skinner (Treasurer), Cecile Van Rie (Marking & Refereeing), Mike Tootill (Jarvis / Kaplan), Glenn Lazarus (Mass Participation), Angelique Clifton-Parks (Tournaments), Graham Prior (High Performance), Irene Maxton (Schools), Paul Vermaak (Club Development), Jeannie Holden (Administrator), Sharon Sibanda (Programme co-ordination),


The second event was a team event for schools. A prize-giving ceremony was held. All the schools played remarkably well and finished in these positions: Final Positions: High School learners 1. Edmund RICE School Welkom 2.Thusong Youth Alex 3. Sandringham High School 4.Highlands North High 5. Phoenix College 6. Liberty Community College Primary School learners 1. Edmund Rice School 2.Phoenix College 3.Thusong Youth Alex 4.Liberty Community College Coaching As part of the tournament an hour training session was held for all age groups to advance their squash ability and to help aspiring young squash athletes learn a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime in a positive, safe and supportive environment. Players were divided up into different courts according to their age and ability and focus was on: Basics - racket preparation - timing of movement - recovering to the T -watching the ball - return of serve - footwork and court movement - different drills

Committee Barry Hendricks (Chairman), Jamie Fortune (Vice-Chairman & League), Roland Skinner (Treasurer), Cecile Van Rie (Marking & Refereeing), Mike Tootill (Jarvis / Kaplan), Glenn Lazarus (Mass Participation), Angelique Clifton-Parks (Tournaments), Graham Prior (High Performance), Irene Maxton (Schools), Paul Vermaak (Club Development), Jeannie Holden (Administrator), Sharon Sibanda (Programme co-ordination),


Achievements Since its inception in 2014, the Bronze tournament has grown from strength to strength and has seen more teams entering. This year, learners from Thusong Youth center in Alexandra and Edmund Rice from Free State were part of the new entrants into the tournament. It is forecast that this tournament will set the base for developing and identifying upcoming squash talent from schools. Also, the increased number of primary school learners who participated in the tournament was an indication of success and should be harnessed as a great opportunity for bringing in new, young squash players. The tournament was set in a supportive environment and encouraged players to interact and have fun. Report Compiled By

Sharon Sibanda Egolisquash Coordinator 011 886 1740 sharon@gautengsquash.co.za Website: www.egolisquash.co.za www.facebook.com/egolisquash

Glenn Lazarus Program Director

Committee Barry Hendricks (Chairman), Jamie Fortune (Vice-Chairman & League), Roland Skinner (Treasurer), Cecile Van Rie (Marking & Refereeing), Mike Tootill (Jarvis / Kaplan), Glenn Lazarus (Mass Participation), Angelique Clifton-Parks (Tournaments), Graham Prior (High Performance), Irene Maxton (Schools), Paul Vermaak (Club Development), Jeannie Holden (Administrator), Sharon Sibanda (Programme co-ordination),

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