The association is hoping to develop the sport by encouraging teachers –mostly certified coaches – to learn more about squash so that they will be an impetus for youngsters.
The State Development Officer (SDO) who is in charge of squash under the Sukan Teras programme initiated the course to boost the number of certified coaches in the state.
“It is the first of its kind and we hope to encourage more teachers to attend such courses so that they will be part of a big pool of certified coaches,” said Adnan Kashogi, SDO for squash.
The introductory course, the first of such courses in Negri Sembilan, is to prepare participants for the level one coaching course held by the National Sports Council (MSN).
“Right now, there are hardly 10 certified coaches. If we have a bigger pool of coaches, we can train a bigger pool of squash players,” added Adnan.
Some 20 participants, mostly teachers from all over the state, attended the one-day course in Port Dickson, which was conducted by two renowned instructors appointed by the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM), Ahmad Ahmerdza from Terengganu and Shamsul Bahari from Kelantan.
State exco for youth and sports Datuk Jamlus Aziz, who gave away certificates to the participants, said he was impressed with the current development of the sport in the state.
“The quality of the game in the state has improved. I will personally look into the upgrading and repair of the squash courts in the current training base in the S2 Sports Complex which is now in a deplorable state,’’ said Jamlus.
He added that a new squash centre would be built and that it would have more courts to accommodate a bigger pool of players to train.
“This, we hope, will develop the sport further. I hope the pool of new coaches will use their expertise and the knowledge they have gained from the course to train more children from young,” said Jamlus.