Move over football. For parents of energizer bunnies (slowly raising your hand?), squash is a match made in competitive sport heaven. It’s endurance boosting, better than any video game for sharpening hand-eye-coordination, and super low on the injury risk scale. The challenge has been in making it as cool as mainstream sports like soccer and basketball for kids. A brand new facility in D.C., called Squash on Fire, thinks they might be the solution.

Squash 2.0
Squash on Fire, a 19,700 square foot state-of-the-art squash facility, is the country’s first pay-as-you-go squash center. Swing by and you’ll find an impressive eight courts with video recording capabilities, including two all glass “showcase courts”. Players of all ages can book a court online and play solo or with an opponent for just $10. Bonus: There’s also a restaurant on premises in case tummies start to grumble-grumble after a long day of squashing.

The brains (and racket) behind it all
The facility’s training programs are designed by Amir Wagih, who brings his expertise to Squash On Fire as head coach. Hailing from Egypt, Wagih has trained dozens from childhood to the Ivy Leagues. He has won more than 23 world titles as coach, and is one of the most revered and sought-after squash instructors today.

Class is in session
Squash, which is a lot like tennis, except players hit the ball off of a wall, is known for honing coordination and agility in its players, not to mention it sharpens the mind-body connection like nothing else. Lessons are available for kids ages 6 and up. For little ones interested in feeling out the sport, Squash On Fire is hosting week-long, half-day summer camp from June 5-Aug. 11 for kids ages 9 and up.
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Still on the hunt for a cool summer camp for kiddo? At Squash on Fire camp, kids focus on developing their skills in squash, both on and off the court, by working on drills, fitness, and match play. With a 1:4 coach to player ratio each player gets personal attention from internationally recognized coaches (the expertise hails from Egypt, France, Malaysia, and the United States). Camps are half-day sessions, running from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Sign up with a daily rate of $125 or weekly for $575.

Has your kid tried squash? How did they like it? Tell us in the comments section below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady