Sport club squashes unhealthy habits

Vic Park squash club junior members Kyle Skidmore (10) and Jasmin Legge (11). Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d494718
Vic Park squash club junior members Kyle Skidmore (10) and Jasmin Legge (11). Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d494718

AN “overlooked” sporting club is trying to boost the number of junior players by creating a healthy environment for members.

Vic Park Squash Club will be holding a Junior Open Day on October 8 following their Good Sports program’s second level accreditation from The Alcohol and Drug Foundation earlier this year.

To reach the level, the club had to implement a Good Sports approved smoking and safe transport policy, have at least two club members trained in the responsible services of alcohol, ensure non and low alcohol drinks were cheaper than full strength alcoholic beverages, and provide free tap water.

Kyle and Jasmin at the squash courts at the Leisurelife Centre in East Victoria Park. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

Club president Lisa Christou said it was important to present a healthy sport for juniors in the club.

“They are the future of the sport, they need to know that smoking is bad and it’s not going to help your sport,” she said.

“There’s one more level, in regards to juniors and healthy eating, and we want to look at that as well.

“That’s not a compulsory one, but it’s something I’m interested in doing.”

Ms Christou said the squash club has been around for a long time, recalling her own experience playing at the club 20 years ago.

“Not a lot of people know what squash is, how energetic it is and how healthy it is,” she said.

“There are so many sports out there that we get overlooked but we’re quite a physical sport.”

The Open Day will be held at The Leisurelife Centre on October 8 starting at 10am.