Squash was once considered a Cinderella sport with few black participants.
With the introduction of squash to many schools around Johannesburg inner city, Alexandra, Soweto and Ivorypark during our squash road shows, a 30 minutes program, the kids hooked on our sport. The road show includes a short squash video and then kids are given a chance to try some racket skills and ask questions.
Sipho a learner from BASA High was one of the kids to try racket skills and ask a lot of questions.

He joined the training program and trained hard. In less then eight months, Sipho was selected by Central Gauteng Schools squash to represent the province in the inter provincial tournament under 14 section in Cape Town. He and his team did very well and brought home a bronze medal.
Many of our development players have now had the opportunity to enter Central Gauteng Junior Tournament where they have excelled beyond expectation. Our development players have moved up the ladder and have achieved great results in their rankings.


They are currently ranked in the Central Gauteng School Squash as follows:


U14 Boys

Sipho Ncube – 13th

U16 Girls

Nompendulo Ndaba – 20th

U16 Boys B Section

Sylvester Mabote – 2nd

Prosper Mhlangu – 4th

Luzuko Dlulane – 11th

Request Dube – 16th

U16 Boys A Section

Lucky Ngwenya – 20th

U19 Boys

Kuzzaishie Seshebo – 17th

Tinyiko Madali - 18th

 

Sipho in Cape town with other IPT players showing their bronze medals.


The program has given the kids goals and a drive to participate in sport, getting them off the streets and in to a sports program that has changed many of their lives for the better.Over 2000 kids from previously disadvantaged communities now take part in this project and is accessible to all.This is a great achievement and combines sport, life skills and academics to make this program an excellent platform of addressing issues affecting our youth.
The program identifies skills and talent and then feeds the talent to the next level of training to ensure that we not only build the sport but future champions.

In partnership with Barrow construction, we have renovated the Gazankulu school squash court in Soweto and in so doing re established the court as a great development platform for Soweto school and community squash.We have setup structures with the universities, squash clubs, communities and the private secure to ensure we have access to squash courts in our province.

Strong bonds have been built with sponsors and the squash community who contribute both financially and with their time to ensure the success and future growth of our program.Many kids who participate in other inner city sports now choose squash over all the other sports as we provide them with skills, structure, support tutoring and self development.