Junior programs co-ordinated by our ESRA Development Co-Ordinator are regularly scheduled during the school terms and hosted by Genesis Wantirna, home of the Mountain District Squash and Racquetball Club.
JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT AT GENESIS WANTIRNA in 2017
If you know of any juniors (Age 6 to 18) that would like to learn how to play racquetball, Ryan McCarter is again running a junior development program out of Genesis Wantirna for the coming term.
This terms program kicks off on the 17th October 2017 and runs from 4 to 5pm every Tuesday through to the 28th November 2017.
The program costs $30 for the 7 weeks. Racquet and eyewear hire is included.
Questions? Please give Ryan McCarter a call on 0422 623 123.
Flyer for the Junior Program – 2017 OCT-NOV
(please feel free to pass on to anyone who may be interested)
Junior DEVElopment IN 2016
ESRA has been heavily involved with the Victorian Primary Schools Racquetball Competition. We assisted over 50 children to prepare for the 2016 competition by providing court time, coaching and equipment. Our total outlay for court hire and coaching was in excess of $800.00.
The Junior Program at Mountain District Squash and Racquetball Club has again operated each term during 2016 catering for juniors from 6 to 18. Over 20 children from local primary and secondary schools participated. Some were new to the sport, and some returned from 2015. A number of the primary school attendees also took part in the Primary Schools competition. Nicci Rossouw stepped back from running the sessions; but not before identifying Ryan McCarter as her replacement, and introducing him to the program. It was gratifying to hear the positive feedback from parents and teachers about Ryan’s coaching ability and rapport with the children.
The 2017 ESRA Tournament (Knox Park, Sat 18 & Sun 19 Feb) featured Junior Boys and Junior Boys events with prizes provided by Wantirna (Bendigo) Community Bank for the winners and runners up in these events.
We are working closely with Squash & Racquetball Victoria to further expand the Victorian Primary Schools Racquetball Competition in 2017. To this end we have identified a number of young Racquetballers who have the necessary court skills, interpersonal skills and time to work with the children and their teachers in the period leading up to the 2017 Regional Finals and State Finals. These young people are all students and appreciate the opportunity to earn some money while being involved with the promotion and development of Racquetball. We will work with schools, court owners and coaches to tailor programs to suit their needs.
Racquetball has a number of passionate supporters within the Primary School teaching ranks. One of these is Cameron Batt, who worked at Knox Park under Greg Paine before moving to Boroondara Park Primary School where he runs the Physical Education program. Cameron believes that Racquetball is ideally suited to Primary School sport. He has found that it encourages children who are not normally associated with team sports to play as individuals within a team environment. We will work with Cameron and S&RV to promote the sport to other schools.