Kiwi Squash is Squash New Zealand's official junior squash programme for 5-12 year olds. To start a lifelong involvement in squash, an engaging and inclusive programme has been created that is at the right level for the players at each stage of their development. The emphasis is on fun activities conducted in a safe environment.
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Frequently asked questions
How does Kiwi Squash work?
Kiwi Squash is a flexible programme. It can be used in any indoor setting and can be delivered at any time of the year. Squash New Zealand recommends each programme run for eight weeks.
What does the Kiwi Squash programme look like?
Kiwi Squash is based on the philosophy of ‘learning through play’ and children learn the game of squash, not just the skills. This means that children are always active with no queues and age-appropriate equipment. There is plenty of opportunities to play fun games and activities – no matter is they are working on their own, or with a partner.
I find I don’t have time to plan my practice sessions, or just can’t think of any new activities to do with my junior players. Where can I access some age appropriate coaching resources?
There is no need to worry about finding the time to plan. On completing the Kiwi Squash Coaching module you can purchase the world-leading Kiwi Squash Coaching Resources which contain a range of activities in easy-to-read manuals. If the diagrams and descriptions are hard to read, there is a DVD with video clips available.
Where can Kiwi Squash be delivered?
Kiwi Squash is the perfect programme for schools, squash clubs and venues of all sizes. The programme is flexible enough to fit any club or venue in the way they want and doesn't require the services of a professional coach.
When can Kiwi Squash be offered?
Kiwi Squash can be offered during club open days, during holiday programmes, as part of the regular junior club programme, and even over the summer months as an offering for children who want to keep playing all year round.
- Keep players active with short games and activities to promote fun and success.
- Use clear and simple language.
- Use a “follow me” approach – demonstrate for learning and understanding.
- Encourage input from the players.
- Provide a positive environment with lots of positive reinforcement.
- Assess the development of players and adjust sessions to meet their individual needs.
- Allow young players time to explore skills on their own.
Kiwi Squash equipment
Age-appropriate balls and rackets are the key to successful Kiwi Squash programmes, making it easier for children to pick up skills and have fun. Improve your programme with our equipment solutions.
Become a Kiwi Squash coach
Any parent, teacher, coach, student, or other volunteer can deliver Kiwi Squash. The only recommendation is to attend a Kiwi Squash Coaching module. This is a simple short introduction to coaching the programme that will give you the information and resources you need to go out and deliver a fun experience. On completing the course parents can get access to all the Kiwi Squash Coaching Resources.