Esperance Squash Club members have been fortunate enough to learn from the state’s best this weekend, after hosting guest coaches David Ilich and Jason Patmore.
Squash is a good, social game, everyone in the family can play and we cater to those of all ages and skill levels.Esperance Squash Club vice president Deborah Hoffrichter.
The pair, currently based in Perth, hosted a series of workshops between Friday, November 9, and Sunday, November 11, for those of all ages and skill levels.
Players as young as eight had the chance to have one-on-one coaching with Ilich and Patmore, even battling it out against the highly ranked players.
Esperance Squash Club vice president Deborah Hoffrichter said the club were grateful to host coaches of their calibre and said participants had enjoyed the opportunity.
“To have coaches of this calibre down here is great because we are so isolated,” she said.
“We do have guest coaches but not as often as we’d like – maybe once or twice a year.
“David and Jason have come down in their own time and we’ve all really enjoyed and appreciated it.”
Mr Ilich, who is currently ranked number one in Western Australia, said it had been a great few days of coaching.
Ms Hoffrichter said this year’s numbers at the Squash Club were low, particularly for the juniors, and had been on the decline for some time.
“We do have a strategic plan, and this is something that is being implemented statewide, to increase our numbers,” she said.
“Squash is a good, social game, everyone in the family can play and we cater to those of all ages and skill levels.
“We want people to just come down and give it a go.
“Our club is really unique in that once you become a member, you have 24 hour access to the facility – it’s a place for everyone.
“It’s also a really cheap sport to play, too.”
For more information or to find out how you can get involved, contact the club via the Esperance Squash Club Facebook Page.