Congratulations to West Worthing Club (WWC) coach Kelly Eastment, who was named England Squash’s Coach of the Year for her outstanding commitment and contribution to the sport. Kelly’s coaching talent was honoured in the Polar Squash Workforce Awards at the 2018 Dunlop British National Championships which were held in Manchester.
A leading light in grassroots squash, Kelly has been coaching both junior and senior squash players at WWC for 18 months and was delighted to receive her award, saying: “I feel privileged to have won and was very shocked as I didn’t know I had been nominated.”
Her unique coaching style has not only won her praise personally, but has worked wonders for the club with a boost in the popularity of the game. Club Chairman, William Naunton, is delighted with the impact Kelly is making, commenting: “This is a thoroughly justified award and we are delighted to have the country’s top squash coach at West Worthing Club. Kelly is a key member of our coaching team and works with players of all abilities, from beginner to county level and beyond.”
As club coach, Kelly’s passion for the game is clearly infectious, as she adds: ”I love the psychological side of the game, building rallies, experimenting on new shots, seeing how every player plays differently. How a game can be altered by how you feel mentally, whether you have had a hard day or walk into the game feeling confident.”
Kelly balances the competitive and friendly aspects of the game with her successful range of training drills, fitness classes, drop-in sessions, as well as half-term and summer camps for juniors. Her top tips for new members taking up squash, include: have fun, work hard, play lots, work on positioning and keep focused.
Thanks to Kelly’s efforts, the club has seen a particular spike in interest at the junior level too. Kelly’s determination to support the county’s younger players has also helped to increase junior participation across West Sussex and beyond, with Kelly cementing partnerships with local schools, colleges and groups of children with learning difficulties. Kelly’s approach to coaching has also translated into more tournaments for the club too with participation in eight squash leagues.
Kelly, who lives in Worthing, has a well-established background in squash having played nationally until the age of 17. She has been a coach since she was 16, achieving her level three qualification before she turned 20 and has trained British Juniors at the Olympic stadium.
West Worthing Club is recognised as one of five Hub squash centres in Sussex. There are currently three men’s teams, one ladies team and two junior teams. Squash members can play on six courts, one of which is glass backed with a viewing area for 100 people. William Naunton concludes: “At West Worthing we are lucky to have some of the best squash and tennis facilities in the south of England and strongest group of coaches any club could wish for.”
For more information on Kelly’s award, see: www.englandsquash.com
West Worthing Club is delighted to be hosting its Junior Squash Open Tournament this February half term. The competition will be on Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th February, with events for boys and girls in the U11, U13, U15, U17 and U19 age groups.
This is a good opportunity to play in a tournament and even if you have never played competitively before, we hope to give everyone the chance to play and watch some great matches.
Entries cost £15 per player, per event (With every player receiving a tournament T-shirt)
Closing Date for entries: Saturday 10 February 2018
If you would like further information, please contact our Head Squash Coach and Tournament Organiser, Kelly Eastment (details below)
West Worthing Tennis Club (WWC) were delighted to receive the Community Venue of the Year Award for rolling out their impressive ‘Crackit Tennis’ programme this summer. Popular WWC were presented with the coveted award at the recent Tennis Sussex Awards ceremony at Amex. The creation of WWC’s Crackit Tennis programme, in partnership with Future Proof CIC, helped introduce more than 80 local children to tennis, many of who had never picked up a tennis racket before.
Crackit’s successful debut and award is a massive achievement for the Club as William Naunton, WWC Chairman, explains “We are delighted to have won this award and to have been involved in Crackit Tennis, which has been an inspiring tennis programme for many local secondary school children. As a Community Amateur Sports Club, West Worthing Club is committed to bringing tennis, and our other sports, to as many people as possible regardless of their age, ability or background. Our grateful thanks go to Futureproof for pulling all aspects of the project together and to our Club coach Simon Ostler for giving the children such a fun and engaging start to tennis.”
The locally-funded Crackit scheme was professionally structured by WWC’s coaches and was offered as an after-school club to encourage children over 12 to grasp the basics of tennis and exercise more. Spanning four, six-week courses Crackit covered every aspect of tennis both on and off the court. Coaches taught the basics of the game with fun-filled tennis-related exercises and team games to inspire everyone to pick up a racket and enjoy the game. Children also had the opportunity to personalise their rackets with comic art sporting characters – an inspiring combination of design in the classroom with on-court lessons. The final week proved a friendly, but competitive affair, as children played in their team t-shirts with rackets emblazoned with their respective characters. Youngsters who completed the course all received a racket adorned with their sporting characters.
WWC piloted Crackit to Worthing High School in 2016 supported by local companies Future Proof CIC and Pleece and Co. Karen Hayler, Business Manager at Worthing High School, describes what Crackit has meant to the school, “In spring 2016 we discussed with Tom Hall at Futureproof the opportunity to extend our Crackit project to tennis. We asked West Worthing Tennis club if they would work with us and a great partnership was formed. Four cohorts of young people have now benefited from the programme, enabling them to experience tennis and encouraging them to take up the sport following the programme. The project has been a great success.”
Tom Hall, Future Proof CIC, is equally thrilled by Crackit’s popularity, adding “by fusing design and tennis we make both more accessible to young people. Partnering with West Worthing Tennis Club and Worthing High proved really effective – the Club’s coaches made the sessions fun and inclusive, while the teaching staff at the school really brought the design part of the programme to life. It was great to see the four groups get creative on the court and back in the classroom!”
It was great to welcome more than 360 people through our doors for our Open Day and Great British Tennis Weekend on Sunday 14 May. Many of our visitors enjoyed a free taster session for either tennis, squash, racketball, croquet or petanque.
During the afternoon we also hosted a grass court American Tournament which was open to both members and non-members alike. Congratulations to our winners, Ryan Young and Paul Hitchcock.
Very many thanks to all our members who helped us make the day a success.
Entries are now open for this year’s Closed Tennis Club Championships. The competition is open to all racquets members and is a great way to meet other players and play a few matches.
This year we are running men’s and ladies’s singles and doubles events, mixed doubles, over 45’s events, a family handicap, and touch tennis event. Details of junior events will follow shortly.
The competition is open to club members only and will run from Monday 5 June until Saturday 2 September, which will be finals day. Prizes will be awarded for every category of event.
If you’d like to take part, please download and complete the entry form and return to the Club Reception with your entry fee. Entry deadline Wednesday 31 May at 8pm.
Draws will be published on the Club notice board and players will be responsible for arranging own matches.
Download Adult Entry form
View the latest Club Newsletter here.
For the second year running, West Worthing Club’s Open Day and Great British Tennis Weekend held in May had the highest turnout recorded nationally.