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Squash and canoe clubs receive grants to help people get active

Residents who want to get fit and active are being given a helping hand – thanks to Wiltshire Council grants to Marlborough Squash Club, and Stonehenge and Pewsey Canoe Club.

Five clubs - including the canoe club - shared a £1,500 Return to Sport pot, an Olympic Legacy fund which aims to get adults over 16 back into sport.

Meanwhile, Victoria Park Community Tennis Centre and Marlborough Squash Club shared £800 of Sports Stars Funding, which encourages children aged between five and 16 to take up a sport.

Dax Mellor, from Marlborough Squash Club, said: “Marlborough Squash Club has long since been the mecca for squash in Wiltshire with three teams competing in the top division.

“The club doesn’t however host a junior section and with the average age of club members creeping up it was decided to offer a local school the opportunity to get involved.

“Pupils of St John’s School were invited to take part in an eight week beginners course in squash, and there was so much interest the club was required to set aside four sessions per week in order to cater for over 20 children.

“Following the eight week programme the club hosted a mini tournament giving the pupils their first taste of competition. They were also invited to continue their squash activity by attending a weekly Junior Club night.

“All pupils that started the eight week course finished and I’m pleased to say that all have committed to attending the future junior sessions.”

Cllr Jonathon Seed, cabinet member for leisure, said: “The grants awarded through the Return to Sport and Sports Stars programmes will enable clubs to offer a high quality coaching scheme.

“At the end of the projects, clubs will provide opportunities for participants to continue to be involved in the sport on a more regular basis.”

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