Rackets Cubed programme pilot a success
At the end of 2019, the Imperial College Squash Club successfully piloted the Rackets Cubed programme. During the pilot, which lasted 6 weeks, children from disadvantaged backgrounds visited the College on a weekday afternoon, and were provided squash coaching, free STEM education and provisions of a healthy meal.
The programme was devised to inspire children to a healthy lifestyle and give them a vision of pursuing a STEM career. “We believe offering children from areas of high disadvantage the opportunity to come and participate every week at such a world-class University has a significant long-term aspirational impact,” says Michael Hill, founder of Rackets Cubed. “By integrating Sports, STEM Education and Nutrition into the programs, we can impact several important life-style factors from a young age.”
The programme is a collaboration between IC Squash, Move Imperial, EPSRC CDT in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials, Rackets Cubed, and the St Cuthbert w St Matthias CoE Primary School in Earl’s Court.
Imperial College student volunteers delivered the squash coaching and supported teaching, which demonstrated the outreach potential within the programme. “It is a great pleasure to see this programme become a reality after 15 months of planning and involving so many different parties,” says Patrick Brandl, Lead Organiser. “Our volunteers, who are a mix of under- and postgraduate students, come from all over the globe and are fantastic ambassadors for the College.”
Here are a few words from Will Hollyer, the College’s Head of Sport: “Move Imperial are extremely proud to support such a worthy project. Sport can be a powerful tool for positive social change; it is wonderful to see our students engaging with local communities through their passions of sport and academia. It is particularly pleasing to see how both the club and individual students have developed as part of the program. That is one of the best things about Rackets Cubed model; all involved are developing and learning new skills.”
A big congratulations to all the parties involved and we’re looking forward to seeing the expansion of the programme in 2020.