About Us

The Empower Squash Foundation is a charity that raises money to give enthusiastic, kind and driven young children the chance to better their lives through a free integrated squash, education & nutrition programme.

Every week throughout the school year the students are given:

A squash lesson by a professional squash coach showing them the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.

A life skills class encouraging them to be more confident in their own abilities.

A hot nutritious meal, which unfortunately some of these children may not be getting in their home lives.

The Empower Squash Foundation is all about inspiring, supporting and encouraging young kids to strive for a better future.

Our Coaches

Deon Saffery

Founder of the empower squash foundation

"Deon has taken her past experience as a professional squash player and love of squash to build the Foundation you see today. As a coach, Deon has seen many urban squash programs take shape: with her knowledge and passion she is determined to help children build a better future for themselves through the Empower Squash Foundation."

Our Trustees

Laura Surridge

Group purchasing director

"Laura Surridge is a Group Purchasing Director with 20 years’ experience across the Automotive and Defence sector.

New to squash herself, Laura is dedicated to the Empower Squash Foundation and jumped at the chance to be a trustee on such a wonderful Program.

 Laura had a similar background to the children who are on the program and truly understands and appreciates how this support can transform the lives of young kids who have very little. Hearing about how the kids are enjoying this programme is a highlight in her week"

Our Trustees

David Green

Founder of the empower squash foundation

"Deon has taken her past experience as a professional squash player and love of squash to build the Foundation you see today. As a coach, Deon has seen many urban squash programs take shape: with her knowledge and passion she is determined to help children build a better future for themselves through the Empower Squash Foundation."

Lynne Paino

Headteacher At Crocketts Community Primary

"I started my career over 20 years ago as a teacher in Birmingham, since then I have worked abroad and then returned to work in other schools across Birmingham.

Five years ago I took on a headship at a school in Smethwick which is both challenging and hugely rewarding.

I became involved with Empower when I brought a class of children to watch the European Team championships at the Edgbaston Priory Club. The children had never had the opportunity to watch, let alone play, a sport like squash.

It is great to be part of a charity that is driven to bring squash to children who would never get to play such a sport and to broaden and enrich their life experiences."