Tony Johnson, 42, from Todmorden has recently qualified as level 3 squash coach thanks to a Skills Active Coaching Bursary administered by the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure.
Tony received the bursary after completing his level 1 and 2 qualifications with England Squash and Racketball.
The funding support received via the Academy relied not only on completing the Level 3 qualification but also completing a number of voluntary coaching hours in the local community.
Mark Shipley from England Squash & Racketball said: “Tony has already done a fantastic amount of good work coaching squash, now with the acquisition of his level 3 qualification he is now able to work with all levels of player from beginners to high quality club players”
Tony was mentored by Malcolm Pickup at Lockwood Squash Club, Huddersfield.
He now wants to replicate the success of Lockwood Squash Club’s “Introduction to Squash” sessions at Mytholmroyd Community Centre.
Julie Wilby, Centre Manager at Mytholmroyd Community Centre said: “It’s great that Tony is able to offer sessions to get more people involved in squash.
“The Community Centre thrives on giving access to opportunities to improve health and well-being.
“We are looking forward to working with Tony on improving the squash fraternity at the centre.”
The sessions offer a social experience which makes squash fun for all.
The sessions are run on Saturdays for under 16s 9am to 10.30am and for over 16s 10.30am until noon.
Sessions will cost £3.50 with rackets provided.
Tony is insured through England Squash and Racketball and is CRB registered.
He has played squash for over 20 years and is a member of Mytholmroyd Community Centre and Old Crossleyans, Halifax.
Tony offers personal coaching at both centres.
Anyoneinterested in the sessions should boo by contacting Tony on 0754 688 9618.
For more information on the coaching bursary programme call 0114 292 2369 or visit the Academy bursary website: www.yandh-coachingbursary.co.uk