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Massive success as World Squash Day attracts thousands of newcomers to the sport

Massive success as World Squash Day attracts thousands of newcomers to the sport

‘Squash is the greatest game in the world’ says Aussie legend Rhonda Thorne By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Maria Toorpakai, Nicol David, Joel Makin, Declan James, Daryl Selby, Greg Lobban, Campbell Grayson, Nick Matthew, Sarah-Jane Perry, Nick Taylor, Mike Harris, Brad Hindle, Rhonda Thorne, Ritwik Bhattacharya and Pakistani legends Jahangir Khan, Jansher Khan [...]

October 14, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

Spirit of World Squash Day shines in India as Ritwik Bhattacharya teaches the game to tribal children

Spirit of World Squash Day shines in India as Ritwik Bhattacharya teaches the game to tribal children

‘It’s a privilege to be doing what I’m doing’ says the man changing the face of squash in India By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Former Indian number one Ritwik Bhattacharya, a regular and talented competitor on the PSA World Tour for many years and now a successful coach and promoter, is staging one [...]

October 9, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

Canary Wharf tickets on general sale today

Canary Wharf tickets on general sale today

Another East Wintergarden sell-out on the cards  By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Squash is one of the fastest games on the planet – and squash fans need to be up to speed to grab the hottest tournament tickets in London. Tickets for the 2020 Canary Wharf Squash Classic go on general sale today [...]

October 4, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Black Ball Club, home to the stars and setting their sights on keeping Egypt on top of the world

Black Ball Club, home to the stars and setting their sights on keeping Egypt on top of the world

11 Points With Ashraf Hanafi: ‘Our target is to be the biggest squash club in the world’ By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The Black Ball Sporting Club in New Cairo has enjoyed an outstanding first year of operations, staging two major professional tournaments and laying the foundations for future growth by implementing one [...]

October 4, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, Interviews, News 0

New Manhattan Community Squash Center close to opening

New Manhattan Community Squash Center close to opening

‘Our goal is to build 100 of these centers’ Interview by ALAN THATCHER (Squash Mad Editor) The Manhattan Community Squash Center is planning to open its doors at the end of this month. With a number of New York squash clubs closing in the past decade or more, this is a much-needed addition to the [...]

September 6, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, Interviews, News 2

Come and play squash – it’s so good for you!

Come and play squash – it’s so good for you!

For crying out loud, it’s always best to be Hand-In By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor I know I’ve been banging on about the health benefits of our wonderful sport to promote World Squash Day, but it’s nice to have some professional support to back up all those claims. The best possible endorsement came [...]

August 25, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Fun Stuff 0

Win a VIP trip to the World Championships in Doha with Citigold

Win a VIP trip to the World Championships in Doha with Citigold

Trip of a lifetime to watch the stars in action in Qatar By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Squash fans have the chance to watch the finals of the 2019-20 PSA World Championships in Doha, Qatar, and get the chance to meet their favourite participating players in a fantastic new promotion. As the official [...]

August 22, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Squash can lead the way with community health projects

Squash can lead the way with community health projects

Sport England team up with medical profession to launch Active Charter By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Squash clubs have an amazing opportunity to play a leading role in delivering community health benefits .  As part of the advice given to clubs who take part in World Squash Day, I have been encouraging the [...]

August 20, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News 0

England Squash find winning formula for World Squash Day

England Squash find winning formula for World Squash Day

Karakal kit bag and £250 grant lures clubs to sign up to WSD By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor A big shout out to England Squash for launching a significant and successful development project in partnership with Karakal to encourage clubs to sign up to attract new members on World Squash Day. In what [...]

August 7, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game 0

Pakistan snubs World Team Champs and blames players

Pakistan snubs World Team Champs and blames players

‘We can’t afford to send a team to America just for a joyride’ By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Squash in Pakistan slumped to a new low this week as the nation that once ruled the men’s game blamed their players as they defended their decision not to send a squad to compete in [...]

July 28, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 1

Clubs that offer squash and padel serve up a double winner

Clubs that offer squash and padel serve up a double winner

New courts spring up across the UK as Andy Murray invests in padel By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Squash clubs investing in adding padel tennis courts to their mix of facilities are reporting significant financial benefits. There are more than 60 padel courts in the UK, many of them built during the past [...]

June 15, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 1

Squash legends provide a chorus of tributes for Ramy Ashour

Squash legends provide a chorus of tributes for Ramy Ashour

‘He was a genius at work and a pleasure to play with’ says Nick Matthew By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Ramy Ashour’s retirement provoked a massive response from the global squash community, mixing sadness at his departure from the professional tour with enormous gratitude at the way his astonishing skills and smiling demeanour [...]

April 24, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 3

Ramy Ashour calls time on his career

Ramy Ashour calls time on his career

Injuries bring a sad end to Ramy’s playing days By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Ramy Ashour, probably the most gifted and entertaining player to ever pick up a squash racket, has announced his retirement from the professional game. He took to social media to tell his army of fans about his decision to [...]

April 22, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 3

Nick Matthew rolls back the years as titans clash in National Club Knockout

Nick Matthew rolls back the years as titans clash in National Club Knockout

Roehampton edge past Hallamshire on night of drama By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor It was a great pleasure to watch Nick Matthew roll back the years as his Hallamshire side visited London to take on Roehampton in the quarter-finals of the England Squash Nationals Clubs Knockout competition. After a slow start, at number [...]

April 11, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

Squash and the Olympics: Here’s why computer games will be miles ahead of us

Squash and the Olympics: Here’s why computer games will be miles ahead of us

Virtual sports are big business By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor When pondering why squash has been overlooked yet again for the Olympics, understanding the impact of fun activities like breakdancing and skateboarding is one thing. Accepting why eSports (computer games) are also likely to be miles ahead of squash is another. The IOC [...]

March 19, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 0