A squash programme based in Chelmsley Wood has been delivered for seven years. This has seen a growing interest in a sport that many youngsters have never been exposed to previously. Success from the squash programme in North Solihull has seen 3000 youngsters participate in squash during curriculum or out of school hours, a sport new to most of the youngsters.
These squash sessions have been very popular amongst local pupils. The decision was taken during Summer 2013 to title the squash programme: 'Chelmsley Wood Junior Squash Academy' in order to sustain a wider and more effective delivery programme. The Squash Academy since then has been approved as a Streetmark project by Streetgames. Since the Academy’s inception, four youngsters have represented Warwickshire County in their respective age category and an Academy youngster participated in the National Under 11’s Squash Championships during Summer 2014.
By raising further awareness of squash in the area, Solihull Active & England Squash and Racketball Association piloted a Learning Disability Squash Project for Adults during Summer 2014. The project was a success with a number of adults with learning disabilities participating in squash on a weekly basis. As a result of this success, further activities Boccia, Movement & Exercise and Multi Sports have now been delivered across Solihull Borough to adults with learning disabilities. In addition to the Squash Academy and Disability programme, Multi Sports sessions for local youngsters in Smith’s Wood have been delivered on a regular basis.
To reflect the widening scope of activities and the success of the squash project, disability programme and community opportunities, the Academy was re-named ‘Inclusive Sports Academy CIC’ in order to sustain a wider and more effective delivery programme to the community.