Smashing the cash with £10k scheme

Wakefield Council's Knottingley Sports Centre is to get a �10,000 boost to improve its three squash and racketball courts.Hannah Shipley and James Willstrop.

Wakefield Council's Knottingley Sports Centre is to get a �10,000 boost to improve its three squash and racketball courts.Hannah Shipley and James Willstrop.

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WORLD squash number two James Willstrop is backing a £10,000 scheme to improve squash and racketball courts at Knottingley Sports Centre.

The player – who lost his top ranking to fellow Yorkshireman Nick Matthew earlier this month – joined Knottingley councillors and local squash players at the Hill Top centre to mark the £10,000 cash grant from the England Squash and Racketball Sports Association which will be used to install new floors, glass walls and repaint three courts.

James said “It’s great to see money been invested in projects such as Knottingley.

“Investing in squash allows opportunities and pathways to be created for more people of all ages to get into the game and further develop interest and numbers of people playing.”

Coun David Dagger, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for culture, sport and libraries, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the grant, this investment is a fantastic opportunity to improve facilities for local residents.

“Knottingley welcomes players of all abilities and we will soon be able to offer an improved experience for everyone who plays.”

Jon Carney, the England Squash and Racketball Sports Association’s facilities manager, said: “This is an opportunity to improve the courts at Knottingley Sports Centre and really support participation in squash and racketball in the area.”

The sports centre also wants to set up leagues with sessions for all ages. For more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/sportscentres or call the sports centre on 01977 722505.