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Tennis copies template for the future of squash as FWB wins major award at ATP Finals

Tennis copies template for the future of squash as FWB wins major award at ATP Finals

Interactive Squash pitch wins Global Tennis Innovation Summit   By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor It was a real honour and a privilege being present in London today while a significant piece of sporting history was being recorded. Markos Kern, founder of Fun With Balls, the German company launching the game-changing Interactive Squash product into [...]

November 16, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

Nick Matthew joins new coaching network to deliver England’s next generation of stars

Nick Matthew joins new coaching network to deliver England’s next generation of stars

Five hub clubs provide ‘world-class environments for players’  By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor England Squash have chosen five leading clubs to act as “performance hubs” to help develop the next generation of world-class players. The five clubs are West Warwickshire Sports Club, Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club, Berkhamsted Tennis and Squash Club, Pontefract [...]

November 7, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

Citigold Canary Wharf Classic continues with best-of-three scoring

Citigold Canary Wharf Classic continues with best-of-three scoring

Handful of tickets left for 2019 By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The best-of-three games scoring format will be trialled for a second successive year at the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Squash Classic in 2019 when the PSA World Tour Gold tournament returns to the superb East Wintergarden venue from March 10-15. The [...]

November 7, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

Coaching survey reveals: “Parents drop their kids off and rush home for seven minutes of frantic copulation”

Coaching survey reveals: “Parents drop their kids off and rush home for seven minutes of frantic copulation”

Coaches rename their job as “child-minding operatives” By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad New Brands Editor Squash coaching took a massive leap into the future by redefining the value of care given by coaches to the children in their charge. Bribing kids to do their homework is an art perfected by parents down the centuries. [...]

October 29, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Coaching and Development, Fun Stuff, News 0

Kiwi Paul Coll topples Tarek Momen in US Open classic

Kiwi Paul Coll topples Tarek Momen in US Open classic

Coll wins epic battle 13-11 in the fifth By SEAN REUTHE in Philadelphia – Squash Mad Correspondent New Zealand’s World No.8 Paul Coll became the first male Kiwi since the 1990s to reach the semi-finals of a major PSA Tour event after he claimed a massive 3-2 win over World No.3 Tarek Momen at the [...]

October 11, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Nick Matthew supports Singapore as music, fun and fireworks launch World Squash Day

Nick Matthew supports Singapore as music, fun and fireworks launch World Squash Day

From Poznan and Graz to Colchester and Chattanooga, clubs go crazy for World Squash Day By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor World Squash Day 2018 is being launched with music and fireworks as clubs all over the globe join forces to promote the sport. The Official Single for World Squash Day “Africa” (sung by Oliver [...]

October 4, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

Countdown to World Squash Day: Anton leads the Russian Revolution

Countdown to World Squash Day: Anton leads the Russian Revolution

Massive boost for squash in St Petersburg By ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor Looking ahead to World Squash Day, I am very keen to see what events take place in Russia. One of the world’s great political and military superpowers, a group of enthusiasts are determined to make Russia a squash superpower as well. If [...]

September 29, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

Canary Wharf 2019 launches with People’s Sunday

Canary Wharf 2019 launches with People’s Sunday

Tickets go on sale next week at London’s sell-out tournament By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Tickets go on sale next week for the 2019 Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Squash Classic, which will take place between March 10-15 next year. There will be an extra bonus for squash fans in March with an [...]

September 27, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

World Squash Day on song to hit the right notes with release of ‘Africa’ as the Official Single

World Squash Day on song to hit the right notes with release of ‘Africa’ as the Official Single

Squash-loving composer Stuart Sharp supports World Squash Day By ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor World Squash Day takes place on Saturday October 13th and this year it aims to hit all the right notes with a musical theme. The track called ‘Africa’, written by squash-loving composer Stuart Sharp, is scheduled for release on October 5 [...]

September 26, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

Any business people out there prepared to take a new punt on squash?

Any business people out there prepared to take a new punt on squash?

Bitter-sweet memories planning World Squash Day and a club reunion By ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor On top of organising World Squash Day, and pestering clubs and federations all over the planet to pull their fingers out to promote the sport, I have also been involved in planning a big squash reunion in November. Both [...]

September 26, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 18

David Lloyd debacle leaves a bitter taste

David Lloyd debacle leaves a bitter taste

Demos in Derby and Teesside against court closures as squash is saved at Gidea Park By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Feelings are running high at many David Lloyd clubs across the UK as the company’s cull of squash courts continues.   It is understood that more than 100 courts will disappear nationwide, despite [...]

September 24, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Stars shine for charity night at St George’s Hill

Stars shine for charity night at St George’s Hill

James Willstrop and Declan James top the bill By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor James Willstrop and Declan James top the bill in a special charity day at the St George’s Hill Club in Weybridge, Surrey, on Saturday (September 22). There are some fun coaching sessions earlier in the day with Niall Engerer, plus [...]

September 20, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

Citigold Wealth Management are new title partners of Canary Wharf Classic

Citigold Wealth Management are new title partners of Canary Wharf Classic

Canary Wharf tenants Citigold Wealth Management sponsor sell-out Classic and Corporate Challenge By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The Canary Wharf Classic, long established as one of the best tournaments on the world calendar, has a new title sponsor. The tournament will now be known as the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Squash Classic. [...]

September 13, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

Stay of execution for David Lloyd Gidea Park

Stay of execution for David Lloyd Gidea Park

Court closures put on hold for six months By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Squash players at the David Lloyd Club in Gidea Park, Essex, are celebrating tonight after learning that plans to close the courts have been put on hold.   Campaign leader Laura Northeast was enjoying a family meal in a restaurant when she [...]

August 13, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Squash world mourns brave young fighter Sumner Malik

Squash world mourns brave young fighter Sumner Malik

Sumner Malik, 2006-18: An amazing young man whose brave smile lit up the world of squash By ALAN THATCHER The squash world is mourning the passing of a brave young man whose battle against an aggressive form of childhood cancer captured the world’s attention. Sumner Malik died at the Royal Marsden Hospital today with his [...]

August 11, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 3