English World No.9 Alison Waters was amongst a host of professional players who showed their support at the recent Rackets Cubed Squash Fundraiser Tournament and Dinner.
The fundraiser, which took place at Roehampton Club and was supported by the PSA Foundation, saw 10 teams from different London based clubs take part in a fun event that brought recreational players and children from the programme together with current and former professional players.
World No.73 Reyna Pacheco was one of the players in attendance and shared her story of growing up in San Diego after immigrating at the age of four from Mexico and her personal experience of coming through a NUSEA Urban Squash programme.
NUSEA is the USA based organization which has been the catalyst for Urban Squash programmes across the world and served as an inspiration for the creation of Rackets Cubed.
PSA Foundation Manager, Adriana Olaya, commented: “It was great having Reyna there to share her story and show the real impact that these types of programmes can have. It was truly inspirational and motivational, not just for the kids, but for other clubs who wish to start similar programmes within their local communities.
“The fundraiser event was a huge success overall and exceeded all goals, but more importantly it has sparked an interest and desire within other clubs across the U.K. To develop similar programmes.
“The PSA Foundation was thrilled to be able to support this event and link the Professional Tour with these grassroots initiatives which are at the core of our objectives.”
Rackets Cubed runs integrated squash, tennis, education (maths) and nutrition programmes for local disadvantaged inner-city school children.
Rackets Cubed aims to:
• Build relationships with local schools in areas of high disadvantage
• Work with sports clubs to best leverage existing infrastructure
• Provide integrated sports, education and nutrition
• Develop best practice, easily transferable programmes and mentoring
For more information on the work of Rackets Cubed, visit their website.