The PSA Foundation, in partnership with Rackets Cubed, the University of Hull and Nurture A Child, have announced that the Hull Rackets Cubed Programme will officially be launched on May 23 during one of squash's most prestigious tournaments – the Allam British Open.
The legacy programme will take place at the University of Hull with St. James Church of England Academy being the school of focus, where children will have an hour of squash, an hour of academics focused on the STEM (science technology, engineering and mathematics) programme and a hot meal.
The programme is the first of its kind to be born from the Allam British Open and will leave a legacy in the Hull community. Local charity Nurture A Child are providing funding to support the initial pilot, with their aim being to improve the confidence, aspirations, life chances and advancement of young people through exposure education, sports, business, arts, culture and science.
Rackets Cubed Founder and Chairman, Michael Hill, said: “Rackets Cubed is very excited to be partnering with the University of Hull and the PSA Foundation in building these legacy programmes.
“Over time, we believe there is significant potential to increase the number of children involved and to make a real difference in these communities.”
University of Hull Partnership and Project Manager, Steve Curtis, commented: “The University of Hull is thrilled to be leading the Hull Rackets Cubed project, along with Rackets Cubed and the PSA Foundation.
“The project provides a unique platform to work in the local community, providing opportunities for our current students that will help raise attainment and aspirations for children in the region.”
PSA Foundation Manager, Adriana Olaya, added: “One of our main objectives as a tour is to leave a lasting legacy in the communities where we have tournaments.
“Hull has been the home of the British Open for many years and this being one of the most iconic and historic tournaments, it’s truly amazing for it to also be the first legacy programme born from a PSA event.”
Founded in 2016, Rackets Cubed is a UK registered charity that runs integrated squash, tennis, education and nutrition programmes for local inner-city children from high IDACI schools. Click here to find out more.
Nurture a child is charity dedicated to promoting and assisting the development of opportunities for children and young people. Click here to find out more.