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Latest Committee Meeting Minutes + Kent Squash Update

Dear members - we hope you and your families are keeping safe in these unprecedented times. Let's all hope it is not too long before we are all able to be back and playing!


Please see the minutes attached from the last Committee meeting just prior to the Club closure. We are looking at the club financials and looking at options to minimise outgoings wherever possible. Any questions, please do follow up with any Committee member.



Please also see below an update from Kent Squash

COUNTY CLUBS & ONLINE COMMUNITY

Dear All,

Entering the second week of our social distancing measures there's already some fantastic community building across our county. If everyone can continue along these lines and consider our route forward then our sport will come out the other side of this situation in great shape.

There's lots of positivity in the information below, so please do take time to digest and contribute wherever possible.

SPORT ENGLAND

In terms of overall financial support the following link is probably going to be the biggest source for any clubs facing difficult circumstances with £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector:

https://www.sportengland.org/news/195-million-package-help-sport-and-physical-activity-through-coronavirus

They are also running a campaign to invite everyone to ‘Join the Movement’ and keep active. Use the #StayInWorkOut across social media to provide inspiration and trusted information to show how you're getting active safely to the public to get active in and around the home during the coronavirus pandemic.

COACHING

Steve Franks has been doing some great work on formulating a definitive guide for parents to navigate the structure of the county junior programmes. There is now an introductory invite letter to junior county coaching and everything they need to know for the junior pathway from entering at club level all the way to national. These are being circulated and will be on the KSR website in due course.

UPDATING CERTIFICATES
In terms of coaches who may be concerned about updating their relevant certifications England Squash and the CPSU have confirmed UK Coaching are looking at running online video conference courses for those wanting to update Safe Guarding lapses going forward.

SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNEL

Here are some good ways to keep across the game, start connecting and communicating using digital mediums.

ADULT:

Youtube channels for squash fixes:
https://www.youtube.com/user/psasquashtv
https://www.youtube.com/user/squashskills/

England Squash Twitter @englandsr feed is regularly posting pro player challenges.

Paul Roberts is doing a great job posting on the KSR Twitter feed @Kent_SRA to cross promote activities on a county level.

There is also the KSR Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KentSquash and I personally post any wide ranging squash links to the Folkestone Academy page - https://www.facebook.com/folkestonesquash/

Martin Clark at Rodmersham is also a regular on his clubs Facebook page and has recently posted some good squash related fitness videos easily done in the garden - https://www.facebook.com/rodmersham.squash.and.fitness.club

Ben Ford is already looking at a number of organised events in North Kent region for all level of players once play can be resumed.

JUNIORS:

Zoe Aust has created a good all round Youtube channel providing info of a young girls journey at club level to become the best she can:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNGvLgujRHnvmzOz_RGF2LQ

Similarly Alex Seto for the boys:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKUhttoBWWeaNFrfjV6entg

My two primary aged kids have joined the Joe Wicks revolution every morning, as he goes live at 09:00 for a general 30 minute fitness workout - dare I mention he includes lunges?!:
https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

There is a KSR What's App group for anyone who would like to be added. The committee have agreed to hold meetings every Wednesday at 19:30 via video conference and are inviting anyone to join if they have a relevant subject for discussion.

Lastly, I've also added my own personal Twitter account below and sure there's much more out there to bring us together. Keep browsing and share info, while continuing to stay safe.

Best regards,
Baz Hodson
Chair, Kent SRA
Twitter: @baz_hodson







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