PICTURES: Hundreds of youngsters make a racket at Sheffield squash festival 

One Health Primary Schools Squash Festival at Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club,Ecclesall Road with Sheffield's 3 time World Squash Champion Nick Matthew.Pictured is Nick with the competitors taking part in the Festival.....Pic Steve Ellis
One Health Primary Schools Squash Festival at Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club,Ecclesall Road with Sheffield's 3 time World Squash Champion Nick Matthew.Pictured is Nick with the competitors taking part in the Festival.....Pic Steve Ellis
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Hundreds of Sheffield school children took part in the third annual OneHealth Primary Schools Squash Festival earlier this week.

The event, staged at Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club and run in association with the Apex Programme, is the brainchild of squash legend Nick Matthew who was in attendance for the festival.

One Health Primary Schools Squash Festival at Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club,Ecclesall Road with Sheffield's 3 time World Squash Champion Nick Matthew.Pictured are the kids in action Ben Seymour,St Wilfreds School....Pic Steve Ellis

One Health Primary Schools Squash Festival at Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club,Ecclesall Road with Sheffield's 3 time World Squash Champion Nick Matthew.Pictured are the kids in action Ben Seymour,St Wilfreds School....Pic Steve Ellis

Youngsters from five schools - Hunter's Bar,  St Wilfrid's, St Marie's, Nether Green and Greystones - took part in a round-robin style tournament.

"We want to get more and more kids into sport," said three-times world champion Matthew.

"Our vessel to do that is squash.

"The kids were buzzing about being able to compete against other schools.

One Health Primary Schools Squash Festival at Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club,Ecclesall Road with Sheffield's 3 time World Squash Champion Nick Matthew.Pictured are the Girls winning school team Nether Green.... Pic Steve Ellis

One Health Primary Schools Squash Festival at Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club,Ecclesall Road with Sheffield's 3 time World Squash Champion Nick Matthew.Pictured are the Girls winning school team Nether Green.... Pic Steve Ellis

"It's fantastic to have over 300 kids involved in the programme and it's one of many initiatives we're running at the Hallamshire to grow the sport."

The girls competition was won by Nether Green, with Hunters Bar scooping the boys event.

Hunters Bar were the overall winners.

One Health Primary Schools Squash Festival at Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club,Ecclesall Road with Sheffield's 3 time World Squash Champion Nick Matthew.Pictured are Hunters Bar the overall winning school.... Pic Steve Ellis

One Health Primary Schools Squash Festival at Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club,Ecclesall Road with Sheffield's 3 time World Squash Champion Nick Matthew.Pictured are Hunters Bar the overall winning school.... Pic Steve Ellis

One Health Primary Schools Squash Festival at Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club,Ecclesall Road with Sheffield's 3 time World Squash Champion Nick Matthew.Pictured are kids queuing up for Nick's autograph... Pic Steve Ellis

One Health Primary Schools Squash Festival at Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club,Ecclesall Road with Sheffield's 3 time World Squash Champion Nick Matthew.Pictured are kids queuing up for Nick's autograph... Pic Steve Ellis