KUMPULAN Peransang Selangor Berhad (KPS) have repaired two existing squash courts in SK Sultan Alam Shah (1), Petaling Jaya and with that, provided an opportunity for 10 special children in the school to improve their squash skills.
KPS, in collaboration with Squash Racquet Association of Selangor (SRAS) and Petaling Utama District Education Department, organised coaching lessons for the children under the KPS Sports For All programme.
Under the programme, children are taught squash by a professional coach from SRAS from now until December.
Lessons are held every Wednesday from noon to 1.30pm.
The children will be evaluated from time to time and those who are unable to keep up will be replaced by other children.
As part of their commitment, KPS gave away T-shirts, glasses and provide coaching lessons for the pupils.
KPS Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) senior manager Mohd Fauzi Mohd Ghazali said KPS have sponsored RM75,000 to SRAS to run the squash activities, including this programme.
“SRAS will use funds from the sponsorship to hold junior squash tournaments, coaching lessons, booki courts, pay the coaching fees and other expenses.
“Besides squash, we are also involved in the sponsorship of swimming, bowling, badminton and cycling. The funds totalling RM1.4mil this year has been given to various sport entities.
“This is part of our CSR initiative to give a chance to youngster to develop in sport,’’ said Mohd Fauzi.
Asked why KPS focused on special children and the facilities, he explained that SK (1) Sultan Alam Shah was one of the few primary schools that has a squash court and hopes that it would bring out the best in the youngsters here in terms of socialising, physical therapy and learning a skill.
Meanwhile, SK (1) Sultan Alam Shah headmaster Zulkifli Noordin said that repairs to the two 30-year-old squash courts would give an opportunity for the school to rent out these facilities to the public.
“The rental that we collect can be used for other purposes. The children in the school also have other therapy lessons such as bowling and swimming to ensure they stay active,’’ said Zulkifli, who has been the school’s headmaster for the past four months.
SRAS president Farid Yunus said they would look to repair the toilets inside the hall where the squash courts were located.
“It is great to see a primary school having squash courts. More schools should have squash courts to develop players and to improve the standard of the sport.
“I am pleased that these children will get the opportunity to learn this sport. This will help them to develop a love for the sport,’’ he said.