SK SERI SAUJANA will be starting a squash club to encourage their pupils to be actively involved in the sport.
Headmistress Kamariah Mohamed made the announcement after a talent identification programme conducted by former international Sandra Wu at the school recently.
We believe in promoting sporting activities among our pupils. We are also convinced that the children will love squash. We also have an active teacher in Burhanuddin Mustafa. Under his guidance and assistance, we hope to set up a squash club in the school,'' said Kamariah.
Ultimate Squasher, headed by Wu and Della Lee, conducted the three-hour talent identification programme with support from Wilson and Vitagen.
About 200 pupils attended the programme and went through a series of test conducted by Wu and Lee. Internationals Lim Yoke Wah and Sally Looi and National Juniors Nesserine Ariffin and Raja Nurul Sarah were also present to lend support to the programme.
The pupils had to go through a series of routines at the two stations- running and ball control. Wu said the two stations were to evaluate the pupils' ball skills as well as agility.
We wanted to see their movements before including them in our programme. Most of the pupils were enthusiastic and participated in the drills. We have invited them for our weekend training sessions at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil,'' said Wu.
Burhanuddin, who has been involved in squash for the past seven years, said he would like to see pupils taking an interest in the game.
The opportunities are all there. It's up to parents to encourage their children to be active in squash. As teachers, we are ready to guide them,'' said Burhanuddin.
Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) executive director Wong Ah Jit commended Ultimate Squasher for initiating the talent identification programme.
They had conducted a similar programme in a secondary school. It is encouraging to see the pupils showing an interest in squash. Hopefully, we can groom some players from this group,'' said Wong.
Cotra Enterprises deputy general manager Michael Ong said the company was pleased to be part of the programme.
Our support is part of our social obligation. We are happy with both Wu and Lee's passion for squash. We would be happy to support their programmes,'' said Ong.
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