A WORLD squash champion encouraged people to pick up a racket as a new initiative in Sheffield.
Nick Matthew was back in his home city after reaching the semi-finals of the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York.
The former High Storrs School pupil played with members of the public at Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club, near Hunters Bar, to launch The Big Hit.
The new programme from England Squash & Racketball encourages people to try the sport at free events at a venue near them.
Nick, a two-time world champion, said; “When the weather stops many sports, squash comes in to its own. It is a quick, fun and social indoor game.
“I have played squash all of my life, but, I have friends who have only just started to learn and they love it for the social side and the health and fitness benefits.
“You really do only a need a racket and a ball, just get down to a venue near you and give it a try.”
The Big Hit is touring 10 major UK cities this year, including Sheffield.
n For details of ‘try it’ sessions, visit www.thebighit.net