NP (SL) Champions its Second Edition of Inter-Sec Squash Tournament

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By Alvin Lansana Kargbo

NP Sierra Leone, in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Squash Association (SLSA), successfully hosted the second edition of the Inter-Secondary Squash Tournament. The two-day event, held from May 31 to June 1, 2024 at the NP Squash Court at St Edwards Secondary School, showcased the burgeoning talent of young squash players across the nation.

The tournament featured three competitive categories: Under 14, Under 16 and Under 21, for both boys and girls. A total of 22 schools participated, with 11 boys’ schools and 11 girls’ schools represented. Prizes were awarded to the top three finishers in each category, with the first-place winners receiving NLe 2000, the second-place winners NLe 1500, and the third-place winners NLe 1000.

In the closing address, Saidu Mansaray, the new CEO of NP Sierra Leone, highlighted the company’s long-standing commitment to supporting education, health and sports. He underscored the importance of squash as a sport, tracing its origins to 19th-century London and noting its current global popularity among over 20 million enthusiasts. The new CEO detailed the health benefits of squash, including improved blood pressure, enhanced gut health and reduced risks of various conditions. He emphasized the sport’s accessibility and year-round playability, making it an ideal activity for students of all skill levels.

Saidu Mansaray also announced NP’s ambitious plans to construct two new squash courts, aiming to diversify sporting options and foster community unity and harmony. He stressed the integration of sports with education, noting that such initiatives help students develop crucial life skills and self-motivation.

“Our goal is to create an environment where sports and education work hand in hand,” he stated. “We are committed to supporting our youth by providing facilities, hosting annual competitions and offering rewards such as medals, trophies and scholarships.”

Mohamed Bangura, representing the SLSA President, echoed these sentiments and expressed his gratitude to NP Sierra Leone for their unwavering support. He also extended thanks to the teachers, coaches and parents who played crucial roles in the event’s success.

The Inter-Sec Squash Tournament not only highlighted the potential of young athletes but also reinforced NP Sierra Leone’s role in promoting holistic development through sports and education. As the tournament concluded, it was evident that the event had succeeded in its purpose: fostering a spirit of unity, encouraging healthy lifestyles and inspiring the next generation of squash players in Sierra Leone.

By continuing to support such initiatives, NP Sierra Leone reaffirms its dedication to the growth and well-being of the nation’s youth, ensuring that opportunities for excellence in sports and education remain accessible to all.


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