Squash is a ‘great’ sport to teach, say Doncaster brothers

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Two Doncaster brothers with a life-long passion for squash are set to coach the next generation of players of the sport.

Steve and Ged Martin first started playing squash when they started working at Adwick Leisure Centre in the late 1970s, and they have been hooked on the sport ever since.

For the last 20 years they have been the top two players in Doncaster. Steve, aged 54, of Bessacarr, plays in the over 50’s England masters and Ged, 57, from Rossington, plays in the over 55’s England masters along with the Yorkshire league and Sheffield and district League.

They play with Doncaster Squash Racket club, and also for Yorkshire, with Ged representing England and Steve on the reserve list for the national squad.

Steve said: “Squash is such a fantastic sport, it gives you a great feeling to push the boundaries and there is no other game that compares when competing in Masters and big events such as the British open.

“To be the first brothers to play together for England was a real highlight for us both and we really enjoy the competitive side to the game.”

Now both men are looking to pass on their years of experience to the next generation. Ged is already coaching juniors at the Doncaster Dome, Bawtry Road, and has been asked to deliver the youth fitness squash coaching supported by Steve.

Steve is who an area manager for Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, (DCLT), and has responsibility for the Fitness Village Balby, Rossington Community Sports Village and the Fitness Village, Stadium at the Keepmoat.

Steve added: “As active participants in the sport, we both drive squash at the Dome and offer advice and encouragement to anyone who wants it really.

“We just want as many people as possible to get involved and to enjoy all the benefits you get by taking part in the sport.

“It’s a great feeling to see juniors progress and enjoy playing because as well as the obviously health and fitness benefits, it’s also a good way to help younger children interact and socialise with a variety of age groups.”

Kraig Kelly, head of leisure at DCLT said: “We are delighted that Steve and Ged are so passionate about squash and continue to not only play to such as high level but also to give back and help the next generation of talent coming through from across the borough.”

For further information about Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust visit www.dclt.co.uk.