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Nicol David, Camille Serme and Borja Golan headline WSF trip to Kenya

Nicol David, Camille Serme and Borja Golan headline WSF trip to Kenya

Kenya set to welcome WSF Squash Ambassadors By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent Kenya is set to welcome the WSF Ambassador Programme this week when three of the world’s leading squash players visit the country’s capital Nairobi for the World Squash Federation promotional initiative hosted by the Kenyan Squash community. The sport’s ultimate [...]

June 23, 2019 Howard Harding Growing the game, News 0

It’s easy for squash players to pick up, it’s fun and sociable: Why I love padel, by Elliot Selby

It’s easy for squash players to pick up, it’s fun and sociable: Why I love padel, by Elliot Selby

‘Squash players will love the social side of padel, which is not always the case with tennis’ By ELLIOT SELBY  Following Saturday’s introductory article about the growth of padel in the UK, Elliot Selby, a member of a very prominent squash family, writes about his love for this fun doubles game which is spreading rapidly [...]

June 17, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

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

Edgbaston to host Head Racketball National Champs

Edgbaston to host Head Racketball National Champs

Record numbers set for July showdown By DONNA HELMER – Squash Mad Correspondent A record numbers of players are expected to turn out for the newly merged HEAD National Racketball Championships at Edgbaston Priory Club next month. The two-day event, which takes place over the weekend of 6-7th July, is expected to lure a huge [...]

June 10, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News, Racketball, Squash Around The World 0

Moving from a theatre to a chateau, Nantes also switches to best-of-three format

Moving from a theatre to a chateau, Nantes also switches to best-of-three format

Nantes changes name to French Open and upgrades to PSA Silver status By SEAN REUTHE The Professional Squash Association (PSA) have announced today that the Open de France – Nantes 2019 presented by Tailor Capital will use a best-of-three games scoring format up to and including the quarter-finals when the tournament takes place at the [...]

June 3, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

PSA team up with Nicol David to launch #It’sMine campaign

PSA team up with Nicol David to launch #It’sMine campaign

Big-name ambassadors to inspire new generation of female players By ELLIE MAWSON The PSA (Professional Squash Association) are teaming up with with recently retired eight-time World Champion Nicol David to launch a new joint awareness campaign titled ‘It’s Mine’ – created to help foster a greater sense of belonging and ownership among squash players and [...]

June 2, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

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

Ambassador Nicol David leads WSF visit to Kenya

Ambassador Nicol David leads WSF visit to Kenya

Squash legend joins Camille Serme and Borja Golan on WSF trip By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent Shortly after bringing her illustrious professional squash career to a close, the sport’s ultimate ambassador Nicol David will join fellow players Camille Serme and Borja Golan for the 2019 WSF Ambassador Programme visit to Kenya, where [...]

April 4, 2019 Howard Harding Growing the game, News 0

Record prize money on offer at Allam British Open

Record prize money on offer at Allam British Open

Stars return to Hull for a seventh year  By ELLIE MAWSON A record prize purse of $348,000 will be on offer at the 2019 Allam British Open when the world’s leading squash players line up at the University of Hull Sports and Fitness Centre between May 20-26, 2019. Split equally between the men’s and women’s [...]

April 4, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Let’s tidy up the rules on lets and strokes

Let’s tidy up the rules on lets and strokes

It’s all far too confusing – even for the pros!  By CHRIS SARGENT – Squash Mad Columnist Now, I know this may be controversial. But I am just going to come straight out with it. The rules on strokes and lets are just too confusing. The rules are opaque and difficult to apply. Judging by [...]

March 21, 2019 Chris Sargent Comment, Growing the game, News 5

An Open Letter to our Junior Players

An Open Letter to our Junior Players

‘Squash needs advocates and ambassadors more in touch with popular culture’ By CHRIS SARGENT – Squash Mad Correspondent Squash may have lost its way down the generations. From the dizzy heights of millions of players battling to book courts in the boom years of the 1980s, the game has struggled to halt a steady slide [...]

March 9, 2019 Chris Sargent Comment, Growing the game, News 1

PSA Women’s World Championship moves to the Pyramids

PSA Women’s World Championship moves to the Pyramids

PSA clinch three-year deal with CIB as world champion Nour pledges to promote squash in Egypt  By SEAN REUTHE and ALAN THATCHER The 2019-2020 PSA Women’s World Championship, the most prestigious squash tournament of the season, will take place in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the only remaining ancient wonder of the world, [...]

March 6, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 1

James Willstrop warms up for a Classic encounter at Canary Wharf

James Willstrop warms up for a Classic encounter at Canary Wharf

From best of seven to best of three, Willstrop loves innovation at Canary Wharf By ALAN THATCHER  James Willstrop is one of the most experienced players on the PSA World Tour. At 35, he has travelled round the world many times and amassed an incredible knowledge of the game. While admitting to being something of [...]

March 5, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, Interviews, News 0

Tony Griffin Coaching: How Liam broke the mould

Tony Griffin Coaching: How Liam broke the mould

‘A sequence of exercises that allows the player to recognise the sensation of hitting the ball well and understand why’ By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Coaching Correspondent This is Liam’s Story. It’s a case study in breaking the mould with regards to coaching. It’s about changing the way we do things, to be inclusive [...]

March 1, 2019 Tony Grifin Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 0

Squash and success is a numbers game: A call to action for World Squash Day

Squash and success is a numbers game: A call to action for World Squash Day

We need to break through these barriers to our sport or new players will go elsewhere By CHRIS SARGENT – Squash Mad Correspondent The failure to once again get into the Olympics feels like a hammer blow to our sport. It is not. The future of our sport is in our hands. But, let’s face [...]

February 28, 2019 Chris Sargent Comment, Growing the game, News 3