FUTURE FEMALE SQUASH PLAYERS ENJOY SESSION WITH EL TAYEB & El WELILY AT PSA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The next generation of English female squash players were put through their paces by Egyptian star Nour El Tayeb at Manchester Central Convention Complexon day six of the AJ Bell PSA World Championships, as organised by the PSA Foundation.
The bourgeoning squash stars – who were from the North of England - enjoyed a hit about with the World No.8 on the glass court – which will play host to the prestigious PSA World Championship final on Sunday.
El Tayeb then dished out some top tips in an interactive session with the group, with ages ranging from 8-13 years-old, discussing everything from match-day preparations, the challenge of playing her Egyptian compatriots and the importance of eating the right food.
The group were also joined by El Tayeb's compatriot World No.2 Raneem El Welily, as she took time out from her training session to take part in the activity.
It comes after Manchester City Council hosted a unique conference at The Midland Hotel yesterday, where some of the country’s leading members from Sports Governing Bodies were joined by representatives from BBC Sport Manchester City Women to discuss how the city can continue to grow women’s sport.
“The session was so good and it was great to see Nour – she gave us a lot of tips,” said Miriam Muller, a 10-year-old from Withington who plays her squash at The Northern Tennis Club in Didsbury.
“It was my first time playing with a squash star on court and it felt really special.”
Raf Mulla, Miriam’s father, praised the event as a way to inspire girls like Miriam who dare to dream of becoming a professional.
“It’s important to give them the encouragement and a little map of where they can go and where they can end up and what that looks like,” he said.
“You come down, see an event like this and it gives them a lot of encouragement – it’s great.”
Under-13 British Junior Champion Asia Harris also attended the event and was overwhelmed at finally seeing one of her favourite squash role models in the flesh.
“I’ve seen Nour a couple of times, but I had never spoken to her before today, so it was great to do so,” said the Pontefract-based 12-year-old.
“She told us all her game plan and how to deal with frustration during a match and trying to compose yourself.
“Being on the court which the final is going to be on just felt amazing”
Cairo-born El Tayeb added how she felt being a part of the event and help the next generation of female squash stars.
“In Cairo, I used to see Sarah Martin and Michelle Fitzgerald – legends of the game – and I’d be so excited,” she said.
“It’s nice to see their excitement. I think us older players should do these kind of things as it inspires the youngsters and if we can do that, it’s great for the game of Squash, the game will keep going.
“It’s always nice to do sessions with kids – because I was their age once.
“When I was younger, I always played with boys. There was a boy – we were the same age and we’d play almost every day and fight almost every day. I’d say to him I’d never play with him again – but the next day we ended up playing!
“I think that made me accept that you have to be aggressive on court, in a positive way.”
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