THE HEAD coach at Leamington Squash Club is celebrating after being crowned Club Coach of the Year at England Squash’s 2016 Polar Squash Workforce Awards.
Jason Pike first played squash when he was five after being introduced to sport by his dad and has been coaching in Leamington since December 2011.
The award recognises the achievements of a coach in developing and delivering a varied club programme through high-quality coaching and playing programmes that engage with new and existing club members.
“I am really proud to have won the award,” said Pike. “Just being nominated by the members gives me a huge amount of satisfaction and reassures me I’m doing an all-round good job.
“I love the energy of squash, being in a battle against another player and the feeling having had a really good workout.
“I get most satisfaction out of seeing the juniors at my club enjoying the game regardless of what level they are playing at. It reminds me of the great memories I have of playing the game as a junior.”
Pike won the award for proactively running school programmes, developing the club’s junior programme, creating social squash activities and creating a vibe in the club which has helped membership grow from 360 to 460 members in two years.
He has also developed a successful junior programme with two regional winners and more county closed finalists than any other club in Warwickshire.
Pike is supported by a highly motivated group of older teenagers who have come through the junior programme and now volunteer their time to help the younger players.
“I’m delighted that Jason has been recognised for the great work he’s doing at our squash club,” added Ming Lee, chairman of Leamington Squash Club.
“His passion for squash comes through everything he does and people are responding – we have more members playing more squash than ever before.”
To get involved with Squash or Racketball at Leamington Tennis & Squash Club contact Jason@leamington-tennis-squash.co.uk.