WHAT WE DO

Our Programs

After School Program

The After School Program includes regular bi-weekly sessions. Over the course of each academic year, each SquashBond participant receives over 200 hours of professional squash training, physical fitness sessions, education and enrichment activities in order to identify his or her own strengths and design a path towards realizing his or her own potential.

National and International Tournaments Program

National and International Tournaments are a core part of the annual SquashBond schedule. 

Competitive players as young as age 8 are invited to participate in the local and international annual round of competitions.

 

Through participating in tournaments, SquashBonders learn to aim high, set goals, and understand losing as an important step on the path for success.

National High-Performance Teams

National High-Performance Teams recruit talented junior players between the ages of 8 – 14 and help them achieve their full potential.

 

SquashBond identifies youth with the most squash potential within their first two years of the program and invites them to join an intensive track that ensures they take the correct player pathway to maximize their development and constantly progress.

Leadership Ambassador Team

The Leadership Ambassador Team is designed to create a leadership team of 4-8 SquashBond teen ambassadors. 

The students work as a team to promote Jewish-Arab coexistence and other social values, both in Israel and beyond. 

The sessions include training in leadership skills, public speaking, program design and implementation, media communications, and language skills. 

 

By the end of the training, all Ambassadors will develop confidence in their ability to impact their local communities and the Israeli society.

Israel Connect Program

The IsraelConnect Program integrates squash, volunteering, and cultural exploration to provide a unique and unforgettable summer experience.

Participants learn different styles of play, training methods and game tactics. In addition, through a series of lectures, field trips, and guest speakers, they develop a nuanced and multi-dimensional understanding of complexity

of Israeli society.


The program includes time to develop friendships with local Arab and Jewish junior
players and families based on mutual respect and cultural immersion.

Summer Camp

The Summer Camp offers one of the very few camps in Israel designed to attract both Jewish and Arab children. 

Camp SquashBond offers a great way for kids to improve their squash, improve their English, and forge deeper bonds between Jewish and Arab students. Taught primarily in English, the camp includes daily squash practice, yoga sessions, other outdoor sports, and various team-building activities. 

 

Top international high school squash players participating in the IsraelConnect program run the camp.

The Model

SquashBond’s model based on regular participation in the core afterschool program.

 

All children attend 2-3 times/week for up to 10 years.

 

The afterschool program lays the foundation for ongoing personal development, group cohesion and societal change.

 

On the court, the game of squash is used as an educational tool to cultivate values, build character and teach commitment, perseverance, and teamwork.

 

Off the court, SquashBond develops life skills, improves trilingual language understanding and offers opportunities for leadership training and community service.

Why Squash?

Recognized by Forbes Magazine as the world’s “healthiest sport,” squash is a dynamic and fast-paced game that demands mental and physical toughness, cleverness, and patience.

 

Players compete for control of the center of the court and must give space to their opponent each time they hit a shot.

 

The game requires a high level of concentration, outstanding physical fitness and sportsmanlike behavior.

 

As an individual sport, mastering squash requires hard work, independence and maturity. 

 

At the same time, this beloved sport is known all over the world as a game that forges deep bonds of trust and creates community and comradery amongst those who play it.

Impact

Each participant experiences three circles of impact.

 

First circle of impact: the individual

SquashBond weaves a web of support around each student, his or her family, and the greater squash community. This web creates a holistic infrastructure of opportunities and a path towards personal excellence.

Second circle of impact: the individual as part of the local community

Each training cohort consists of participants of the same age but from a diverse social mosaic of religious and socio-economic backgrounds. We build and encourage team cohesion and teach the team members strategies for building for strength and success on and off the court. In addition, SquashBond connects the local Jewish and Arab communities to each other.

 

Third circle of impact: the individual as part of the wider community

Participants experience themselves as part of the national and international squash and education community. Participants learn to set goals for themselves in sport (through playing tournaments, qualifying for the Israeli national team, competing in international tournaments, etc.) and in education (universities, international programs, etc.).

Who do we serve

We work as one and cohesive unit both on and off the court in order to promote the values of the organization and promote each participant as an individual and as part of an integrated group.