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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

More corporate spin as squash players lose the fight to halt David Lloyd court closures

More corporate spin as squash players lose the fight to halt David Lloyd court closures

CEO: ‘We will look at saving the courts at Gidea Park’ Club manager: ‘They close on September 10th’ By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Campaigning squash players appear to have lost the fight to persuade David Lloyd Clubs to halt plans to close most of their squash courts across the UK. David Lloyd Clubs [...]

August 11, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 1

Alan’s Blog: Squash players make a racket as David Lloyd closes courts for an untried fitness circuit

Alan’s Blog: Squash players make a racket as David Lloyd closes courts for an untried fitness circuit

Fury at ‘dishonest’ media response from David Lloyd Clubs By ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor Squash players all over the UK are up in arms at plans by David Lloyd Clubs to close the majority of their squash courts to make way for a new fitness circuit called Blaze. The gym and rackets-sports chain were [...]

August 6, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News 7

Alan’s Blog: Wedding bells and a special beer brewed for the World Masters

Alan’s Blog: Wedding bells and a special beer brewed for the World Masters

Special brew named Three Wall Boast ready for Charlottesville By ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor Some 800 squash players, from 59 nations, have pitched up in Charlottesville, Virginia, to compete in this week’s 2018 World Masters. Age groups range from over-35 to over-80 in 19 different sections and the USA is hoping to grab some [...]

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

Nick Matthew weighs in as refs get tough on lets in Gold Coast

Nick Matthew weighs in as refs get tough on lets in Gold Coast

Players taken by surprise by referees’ get-tough policy By ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor NICK MATTHEW has joined the debate that has sprung up over a sudden “get-tough” refereeing policy at the Commonwealth Games. Officials have clearly been instructed to clamp down on lets, but the result has led to a chorus of confusion among [...]

April 9, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 18

Interview: Nick Matthew goes for gold in Gold Coast

Interview: Nick Matthew goes for gold in Gold Coast

Thoughts of gold and golf, with the British Open in between and a brave new world lying ahead Interview by ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor Nick Matthew flew out with the England squad today to compete in his final Commonwealth Games, with his heart set on a third singles gold medal after triumphing in Glasgow [...]

March 30, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Interviews, News 0

Tough and talented, Tesni Evans tackles ToC in confident mood

Tough and talented, Tesni Evans tackles ToC in confident mood

‘I’ll just keep working hard and see where it takes me’ By ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor Tesni Evans is already the highest-ranked female player from Wales in history, having reached a career-high position of 12 in the PSA World Tour list. Her gutsy approach to this immensely challenging sport, and her readiness to accept [...]

January 20, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Interviews, News 0

Mohamed ElShorbagy top seed as Canary Wharf prize fund hits $100,000

Mohamed ElShorbagy top seed as Canary Wharf prize fund hits $100,000

Six-times champion Nick Matthew makes farewell appearance at the East Wintergarden By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor The Canary Wharf Squash Classic will enjoy a boost in status as the popular London tournament celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2018 with a significant rise in prize money. A dazzling array of the world’s leading players, led [...]

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

World Squash Day brings the game together like a global village

World Squash Day brings the game together like a global village

Squash is just one big global family By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor World Squash Day brought the sport together like one big global family with some amazing events taking place all over the planet. And nowhere was the idea of family more apparent than at the US Open in Philadelphia, where Egyptians Ali Farag [...]

October 16, 2017 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 2