Whilst the focus of our programme is firmly on the children that we serve as well as their families, the benefits of the programme extends beyond our primary beneficiaries.
The information that we collect is a mixed methodology of quantitative and qualitative data and demonstrates how other groups incidentally gain from the charity’s activities.
Wider positive by-products stem from the sporting and educational elements. For example, new revenue is generated from court fees benefitting the clubs that host our programmes and which also invariably gain new junior members.
Coaches receive extra income from delivering the sporting element and gain broader career benefits from helping a socially correct initiative. Grass roots participation in squash is also increased as more young players are encouraged into the game.
Squash Squared’s small group and individualised tuition creates the optimal learning environment that supports lower attaining learners or those who are falling behind.
It is also a widely recognised as an effective strategy to ensure consistent progress.
We have produced a theory of change to ensure that we are not derailed from achieving our mission and remain focused on the specific outcomes that we want to be the products of our programme.
The outcomes framework provides the basis for identifying what type of activity or intervention we need to put in place that will lead to our desired outcomes.
We have identified our long term goals and worked back to identify what must be in place in order for these targets to be met.
This approach allows us to better understand the links between the activities we deliver and our achieving the goals that we have set.
Additional progress over a year was made by Year 6 and 7 students through a structured program involving small group tuition in a 2014 evaluation.
Additional progress was made by year 6 and 7 students on average over a year after an intensive coaching program that involved one to one tuition.
My name is Lena, I am in year 5. I had no idea about Squash till my brother got introduced to the sport through the Squash Squared programme.
He was attending Squash Club once a week with our school Sacred Heart… I was very excited when the club offered him a space to continue playing Squash after he left Sacred Heart.
I went with my mum to watch him play, this is when I couldn’t stop the idea that I really want to play. Stacey noticed that and asked me to have a trial session, then he allowed me to join as well and I kept on going with my school to play Squash once a week as well as having another session per week.
I am really very grateful for all what the club is doing for us, because they are helping us to be healthy and active.