A SPORTS club in Warrington has committed to helping children in the town to get more active – through squash.

Warrington Sports Club in Walton will be hosting the six-week long programme beginning on November 12.

Youngsters will receive expert coaching and be equipped with essential life skills such as resilience and teamwork.

It comes as the Government’s new sport strategy aims to increase children’s participation in sport by more than one million in 2023.

Sport’s England’s Active Lives survey shows 53 per cent of children and young people are not meeting the recommended 60 minutes of daily activity.

England Squash, the national governing body for the sport, has committed to encouraging participation through its affordable and accessible programme, Squash Stars.

Squash is considered one of the highest intensity participation sports.

Costing £42, or £7 per session, children will be given a free racket, Squash Stars t-shirt, ball, goggles and kit bag. It is open to young people aged five to nine.

Joanna Rowbottom, head of partnerships and programmes at England Squash, said: “We want all the children who take part to soar in every aspect of their life, and that starts with a positive experience with sport.

“Squash Stars is suitable for everyone; it does not matter how much or how little sport children have done before.

“There are friendly, welcoming clubs and coaches ready to help your child get started and enjoy the benefits of this amazing sport.”

To book your child a place, visit squashstars.co.uk