PSA announce winners to pocket $45,000 each in 2017 World Champs in England
By NATHAN CLARKE
The Professional Squash Association (PSA) have today announced that the 2017 PSA Men’s and Women’s World Championships will be held side by side in Manchester, England from December 9 -17, 2017 when record equal prize money will be on offer across both draws.
For the first time ever the prize purse for the pinnacle event on both the Men’s and Women’s Tours will be equal, with the winners set to take home over $45,000 each.
The event will see almost 200 of the world’s best squash players descend on Manchester for the week-long tournament, which will be staged at The National Squash Centre before moving to Manchester Central from the quarter-final stage onwards.
Manchester will be only the second destination ever, and the first since Rotterdam in 2011, to host joint Men’s and Women’s World Championships and will welcome squash players from upwards of 30 countries when the action begins.
“We are delighted to confirm that the 2017 PSA Men’s and Women’s World Championships will take place in Manchester during what will be a watershed moment for the professional tour,” said PSA CEO Alex Gough.
“Since hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2002, Manchester has become synonymous as a world-class sporting destination and achieving parity in prize money for the most prestigious tournament on the PSA World Tour is a huge step forward that everyone in the sport can be proud of.
“We look forward to working closely with all at England Squash and Manchester City Council over the forthcoming two years to ensure that the 2017 World Championships go down as one of the most memorable of all time.”
England Squash Chief Executive Keir Worth said: “We are very excited to be bringing both the Men’s and Women’s World Championships to Manchester in 2017 in what we feel will be a great move for squash not just in England but globally as well.
“England is the birthplace of squash and we feel that it is fitting that we take the lead in becoming the first country to rightly offer equality in prize money to all the competitors across both draws.
“We already enjoy a strong working relationship with the PSA and look forward to building yet further on that over the next two years as we continue to build towards what will be a fantastic week of sporting action her win Manchester.”
Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Rosa Battle, said: “We are committed to continuing to showcase the city as a hub of world class sporting activity and are delighted to add the 2017 Men’s and Women’s World Squash Championships to a calendar including athletics, netball, basketball, cycling and football events.
“Manchester is already a regular host of high profile squash tournaments, such as the British Grand Prix at The National Squash Centre, so the addition of the World Championships will continue to inspire a new generation of players across the city.”
The 2017 World Squash Championships will be National Lottery-funded by UK Sport. Simon Morton, Chief Operating Officer at UK Sport, said: “UK Sport’s aim is to inspire the nation through hosting world class sporting events here in the UK, so we are very excited that the 2017 World Squash Championships has been awarded to Manchester following England Squash’s excellent bid.
“Squash is a dynamic, accessible and global sport, in which we have enjoyed huge success with players like Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro inspiring the next generation. The bid partners were determined to secure a combined men’s and women’s event and so it will be fantastic to see the world’s top athletes competing here in the UK for the sport’s most sought after prize.
“We look forward to working in partnership with the PSA, England Squash and Manchester City Council to deliver a wonderful showcase for the sport.”
About UK Sport
UK Sport is the nation’s high-performance sports agency. Its mission is to work in partnership to lead sport in the UK to world-class success. Primarily this means working with our partner sporting organisations to deliver medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. UK Sport’s strategic direction helped British sports and athletes deliver 65 Olympic and 120 Paralympic medals at London 2012 and four Olympic and six Paralympic medals at Sochi 2014.
UK Sport also has responsibility for activities best delivered at a UK level, such as: bidding for and staging major sporting events in this country; increasing sporting activity and influence overseas; and promoting sporting conduct, ethics and diversity in society. UK Sport is funded by a mix of Government Exchequer and Lottery income.
For more information on UK Sport, visit www.uksport.gov.uk
About England Squash
England Squash is the governing body for squash and racketball in England and is responsible for the organisation and promotion of the sports. It comprises of 38 County Associations and approximately 700 affiliated clubs and facilities. There are more than 350,000 people in England that play squash each month in over 1,600 facilities with squash courts.
England Squash develops programmes and resources across the whole spectrum of the sports, from grassroots development through coaching and competitions for all ages and abilities, to producing world, European and Commonwealth champions on a regular basis. Team England flourishes on the world stage and currently has the World No. 1 in the ladies, Laura Massaro and the World no. 3 in the men’s, Nick Matthew.
For more information on England Squash, visit www.englandsquash.com
An affiliate of the World Squash Federation (WSF), the Professional Squash Association (PSA) is the global governing body responsible for the administration of both men’s and women’s professional squash around the world. With over 800 registered players and over 200 events taking place in all four corners of the globe every year, the PSA World Tour showcases the game of squash at its highest level in some of the world’s most unique and stunning locations.
Encapsulating all that is good about top-flight professional squash, combining athleticism, skill, fitness, tenacity, power, drama and above all else, passion, the PSA World Tour is the pinnacle of world squash.
About Manchester City Council
As a city that lives and breathes sport, Manchester continues to strengthen its impressive reputation for attracting major international sports championships. Named as one of the world’s Ultimate Sports Cities by SportBusiness Magazine in April 2016, Manchester hosted several major events in 2015, including; the Great Manchester Run, Aegon Manchester Trophy Tennis, World Taekwondo Grand Prix and Rugby World Cup.
These events help to raise the city’s global sporting profile, whilst bringing long-term social and economic benefits to Manchester and its residents. The City’s excellent range of accessible sports venues and facilities, combined with its school and community sports development programmes, provide the springboard for Manchester’s sporting stars of the future.
Visit www.manchester.gov.uk for more information.
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