Squash coach a hit with judges
STAFF at a leisure centre in Aberdare are celebrating the success of one of their colleagues, who has been recognised nationally for his work on the squash courts.
STAFF at the Sobell Leisure Centre in Aberdare are celebrating the success of one of their colleagues, who has been recognised nationally for his work on the squash courts.
Robert Gould, who trains players of all ages, was named Coach of the Year at the annual Squash Wales Awards, held at the Angel Hotel in Cardiff.
Hirwaun Squash Club was also named Club of the Year.
Robert has been coaching the junior squash club at Sobell Leisure Centre every Saturday for more than 15 years.
Many of his young club members have gone on to represent Wales, including Joel Makin, of Aberdare, who is now ranked number 38 in the world and number one in Wales.
Other Welsh internationals include his son Joel, Olivia and Louis Stephens, Alyx Kelleher, Kieran Hillman, Ciara Richards, Liam Eason, Aran Jack and Anna Edwards.
With his current junior squash class running at Sobell Leisure Centre every Saturday from 9.30am until 1pm, Rob still nurtures young talent and teaches them the basics of the sport.
Councillor Ann Crimmings, cabinet member for environment, leisure and heritage services, said: “We all send our sincere congratulations to Robert, who is a dedicated and highly respected squash coach. We are delighted that all his hard work has been recognised in this way.
“Squash is a very popular sport at our leisure centres across the county borough and it is people like Rob who are the catalyst of the success.
“More and more people than ever before are using our leisure facilities across the county borough through our Leisure for Life initiative, with customers recognising the first-class facilities we offer.”
Recent investment at Sobell Leisure Centre includes the new £3m outdoor track and field athletics facility, with a new 263-seater spectator stand and state-of-the-art changing rooms, which is due to open to the public this autumn.
Robert Gould, who runs the junior squash class at the Sobell Leisure Centre, Aberdare, was named Coach of the Year at the annual Squash Wales Awards