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UK Racketball Series kicks off with London Open

UK Racketball Series kicks off with London Open

  Bexley the perfect venue to launch new season By ALAN THATCHER and MARK FULLER  The UK Racketball Series kicks off with the London Open at Bexley this Saturday, with every category fully subscribed. Your humble author was looking forward to making a return appearance to this popular and brilliantly-run event. However, impending hip surgery [...]

August 9, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News, Racketball 0

World Squash Day targets one million new players

World Squash Day targets one million new players

England Squash lead the way with Karakal partnership By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent World Squash Day returns on Saturday October 12th with ambitious plans to attract one million new players to the game over the next decade. The theme for 2019 is for every club on the planet to open their doors [...]

August 9, 2019 Howard Harding 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

Balls and Walls: How all racket sports owe a debt of gratitude to a French king

Balls and Walls: How all racket sports owe a debt of gratitude to a French king

How royal court led to a court for sport  By GORDON KERR – Squash Mad Correspondent Squash Mad is launching a new series called Balls and Walls. With padel, a mixture of squash and tennis, on the march, new correspondent Gordon Kerr looks at the origins of racket sports and, in coming weeks, reveals how [...]

August 5, 2019 Gordon Kerr BALLS AND WALLS, Growing the game, News 1

New PSA Tour structure results in record prize money

New PSA Tour structure results in record prize money

  Prize money total more than $7.5m By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent The Professional Squash Association (PSA) has today announced that a record prize money total of $7,569,706 was on offer on the PSA Tour during the 2018-19 season, in which the organisation’s new tour structure came into effect. The 2018-19 season saw [...]

July 22, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

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