Sydney University has been proactively promoting squash within both the academic and local communities with a focus on grass roots efforts to introduce new people and students to the sport while also rekindling the passion within former players.
This has been possible with the partnership and collaboration of the East Coast Squash Academy, founded by professional squash player and former world #38 Aaron Frankcomb. “We are proud to have such a visionary collaborator in Sydney Uni” explains Frankcomb. “Programs and events like the one we just staged for Ultimate Edge Communications is the result of the on-going development of corporate events that cater to the athletic interests as well team building and professional development of employees.”
The corporate squash event begins with an explanation of the rules of squash followed by a high-speed exhibition match to demonstrate how elite make it look easy. With the basics of the game covered, team members then get on court and are fed balls to practice the basic strokes: The drive, volley and boast. Once minimum proficiency is established, a round-robin competition is staged for all team members to play each other to crown the corporate champion who’ll win bragging rights in the office for the next 12 months.
This year’s inaugural champion Evan Bohringer said “I haven’t been on a squash court in almost 10 years and this was a fun way to get back on court.” First-time squashie and winner of the best attitude award, Gemma Giam declared “What I like about squash is that we get to hit (or miss) a lot more balls, whereas with tennis for example, most of the time is lost picking up balls.”
The Academy stages a variety of corporate events for small teams, from a fun social afternoon to specific skill-based team building right up to the deliberate practice principles that uses squash as the metaphor for striving for excellence and success for the most committed teams.
If you’re looking for a fresh, new (different) reward, team-building or professional development program for your team, contact the Academy for all the details. The Academy can easily cater for groups of 6 to 30 across multiple locations throughout the Greater Sydney area.
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Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness
Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness is the leading provider of university-based sport, fitness and recreation services in the Asia-Pacific region. The organisation traces its beginnings to January 1, 2003 when The Sydney University Sports Union and the Sydney University Women’s Sports Association amalgamated to form Australia’s premier tertiary sporting body. The organisation was renamed in 2008 as Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness.
Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness now manages and administers over 47 sport and recreation clubs. It also organises sporting and recreation events and offers a comprehensive range of sporting facilities to students and the wider Sydney community. It has produced more Australian representatives and won more major competitions than any other club. Consequently, it continues to be an influential body in the sporting domain.
In 2015, The University of Sydney was named Overall Australian University Sport Champions for the second year in a row. In the same year, the Football Club won yet another Club Championship a Colts Championship, the American Football Club won their premiership, Sydney Uni Women's Australian Rules Football Club were Division One Champions, Sydney Uni Women's Hockey were premiers, and numerous other teams triumphed victoriously.
Contact details: Tel: (02) 9351 4982
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East Coast Squash Academy
The East Coast Squash Academy was founded in 2013 when Aaron Frankcomb retired from the Professional Squash Tour, the East Coast Squash Academy set out to create a business model to expand the presence of squash within the Greater Sydney area squash centres.
Since inception, the Academy has produced some stellar results including: Attracting a handful of junior players with aspirations of going on the professional (PSA) tour.
Its junior program had the biggest contingent of players on the NSW Squash Junior ranking list, with players on the NSW junior state teams, Australian junior teams and Australian senior players. The Academy has developed several NSW and Australian Junior Champions. At its peak, the junior squash program boasted (pun intended!) over 500 children participating in weekly squads and training sessions. Memberships and participation in squads increased by 100% and 300% respectively and tournament registrations reached at an all-time high.
The Academy has been the home base to two full time senior players who reached career highs of top 240 in the world on the Men’s PSA Tour. Its best female professional reached a top world ranking of 130.
The Academy created great success building over 80 hours of services per week to grow the court utilisation and increase profits for clubs around the Greater Sydney Area. Since 2016, Energize Health and Fitness, Norths Fitness, Sydney CBD Squash Club and Manly joined the Academy followed by the Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness in 2018.
Contact details: Tel: 0424 474 001
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