WOMEN can have a “hit and a giggle” as they learn the basics of squash on Friday. Squash Victoria, with the Portland Squash and Racquetball Club, is running a six week program for women to learn and practice the basics of squash in a social, non-intimidating and fun environment. “It’s the perfect opportunity for people who have never played before or who have perhaps played squash in the past, but are a little bit rusty,” the program’s coach Carrie Templeton said. “It’ll give them the basic skills, and hopefully it’s going to be a very social atmosphere so that they can make some new friends. “It’ll give you an opportunity to meet some different people in a very active and healthy environment … rather than going to meet new people at the pub, for example,” Templeton said with a laugh. Templeton, who is an accredited squash coach, enthusiastically promoted the health benefits of squash. “It works absolutely every muscle in your body; your mind, your heart, your arms and legs … it’s a brilliant cross-training sport,” she said. The Hits and Giggles program will allow participants to meet people of a similar skill level that they can continue to play with, and the club is hoping for people to go on to join the competition. Read more in Wednesday’s edition of the Portland Observer.