Sunday, June 23, 2024

Growing the game

How Hamburg’s Kaifu Lodge fuses squash, fitness and fun

The mix of squash, fitness and a vibrant social scene has proven to be a successful recipe for Kaifu Lodge in Hamburg, Germany, since 1982. Like many others clubs that...

Why play squash? Here’s a welcome for all new players 

In a recent Squash Mad article, Mike Dale rightly worried about “the decay of our sport at participation level', writes Dan Regan. Even squash writing...

Leading US court builder and Open Squash tie up

A US-based squash court design and construction company has linked up with Open Squash, the non-profit community organisation with a mission to grow the...

How to run a successful squash tournament

With squash at the Olympics, it could pave the way for more events and promoters eager to latch on to growing opportunities in the...

Off The Wall Squash: Turning schoolkids into smiling squash players

In many squash venues across the world, the average age of members is creeping up every year. As knees get creaky and players reluctantly...

England Squash: The right ball is absolutely essential

England Squash has backed our Right Ball campaign as “absolutely essential”, with the national governing body saying that the whole squash community needs to...

‘The association playing squash or other sports when younger is vital’

England Squash, the sport’s national governing body, says it is finding activation success through its social media promotion of Squash Stars, its junior initiative...

Burnley now has two courts left – can Olympic inclusion stop exodus?

The names of clubs such as Gisburn (Stirk House), Barnoldswick, Pendle (Colne), Nelson (Springers) Reedley, Crow Wood, Clitheroe and Thompson SC – a six...

Introducing the carbon-negative plastic outdoor squash court!

Creators of a multi-use mini outdoor squash court made from rejected plastic waste have hailed the concept as a "sustainable solution to introducing more...

England Squash communication at heart of Barrington new role

Communication is king when it comes to making England Squash work for its membership. And that is at the heart of Joey Barrington’s aims...

Squash Facilities Network brings experts together in ‘thriving global community’ 

The European Squash Federation has launched the Squash Facilities Network (SFN) to bring together experts and share best practice from across the industry. The SFN...

How to build a low cost outdoor squash court like the UK’s first

An engineer with a passion for squash has a lasting vision for his ‘Blue Peter’ outdoor court design after crowdfunding thousands for his prototype,...

‘Youth coming alive’ through groundbreaking Bronx squash project

A $10million project which is positioning squash front and centre of a pioneering move to help South Bronx youth shine in New York can...

Future of sports? Gina Kennedy teams up to launch virtual squash game

A game production start-up has teamed up with Commonwealth champion Gina Kennedy to bring C-Smash VRS into the real world. RapidEyeMovers launched a brand-new video...

North West Counties: Is this the best squash league in the world?

The banner headline on the shiny new North West Counties League website proclaims: ‘3500 players, 67 years, 22 leagues and Europe’s largest competitive league,’...

How Toronto squash club rallied after 14-day closure warning

A closure notice can kill any club stone dead, especially when there is only a two-week warning accompanying it. But for Toronto-based Peterborough Squash...

Western Australia club seeks operator to continue legacy

An iconic squash club in Western Australia is looking for a "dymanic" operator to continue its legacy. Potential suitors have been invited to submit an...

AI tech trialled at UK squash club to help members

Cheetham Hill in Manchester has become the first club in the UK to introduce AI technology, with members’ calories, distance covered, time spent on...

Where there’s a wall, there’s a way!

Marc Thrill is on a mission to get more people playing squash – but rather than waiting for the public to walk through the...

Squash has a great product to sell, but who is doing the advertising?

In a reproduced archive piece, Eduardo Alvarez asks where have all the squash ads gone? Who is advertising squash these days? We all know the conversations...

Right Ball Campaign: We need to educate the squash community worldwide

Who has responsibility over the ball issue? Nick Taylor, the British coach now based in the USA who has been vocal on the double dot...

‘Squash is the only sport where the ball is warmed up – it has to change’

RIGHT BALL CAMPAIGN -- Six years ago, Nick Taylor, a former World No.14, delivered an impassioned opinion piece for Squash Mad in which he...

Squash ball boxes should carry a warning- the double dot is killing the game

The slavish choice of using a double dot ball for every standard of play has gone on for far too long. Coaches like myself, Nick...

Let’s tidy up the rules on lets and strokes

Now, I know this may be controversial. But I am just going to come straight out with it. The rules on strokes and lets...

Club File: Leicestershire outfit shows how squash and leisure centre can co-exist

While the dawning of squash’s 1970s golden era saw our game develop exponentially with courts being built in leisure centres throughout the UK, the...

Pittsburgh set to see $10m squash complex

Squash is showing its mettle in the US -- to the tune of a new $10 million complex in Pittsburgh’s steel city. Steel City Squash...

How to run a PSA Challenger Tour event at a local squash club

John Shaw, chair of Berkhamsted Tennis & Squash Club, on the challenges of hosting a PSA Challenger tour event Just as tennis has the ATP...

Central Ireland club plans state-of-the-art squash facility – with padel

A club in central Ireland has been given the green light to build a new state-of-the-art squash centre. Athlone Squash Club will consist of three...

Peter Nicol to launch new squash and pickleball concept in New Jersey

Nicol Squash, the business arm of the great Peter Nicol, is set to entwine squash and pickleball in a new venture for 2024. Based in...

‘Closing by stealth’: Another English squash facility’s future clouded in doubt

Fears are growing for the last remaining courts in the Berkshire borough of Wokingham as yet another UK council looks at taking squash away...

‘Racketball has saved our club over the last five years’

While the aftershock of the pandemic continues to ravage squash, one Somerset Club has found racketball a welcome source of rejuvenation and new life. Facing...

How mighty Merthyr keeps squash vibrant in The Valleys

Merthyr Squash Club has a motley cast of players with nicknames such as The Pirate, The Butler and Trolleys. But don’t be fooled –...

Danny Massaro: Dream Power will help you reach your targets

By DANNY MASSARO - Squash Mad Columnist How many times have we heard a successful sportsman or woman celebrate a major achievement by uttering these...

Camille Serme on how REAKT video analysis tool can help build a squash community

For anyone serious about improving their squash, training should be more than just turning up at a court and playing a few games. For...

Why Ramy Ashour’s Story is Yours Too

There are two names that someone even remotely interested in squash can’t help but hear: Jansher Khan and Ramy Ashour. While the duo of...

Taking squash to the people – one club at a time

Despite the work of many passionate people in pockets of the world, squash participation tragically continues to nosedive. Some clubs are managing to buck...

Manhattan school opens up squash courts for public use

Prime New York real estate is usually reseved for members or the elite -- especially in Manhattan. However, Spence School is bucking the trend as...

Running on empty: Sport England figures show further squash decline

Squash participation in England has fallen by just over 10% since the year before the pandemic, official figures reveal. Statistics in the latest Sport England...

Public courts bring squash back to North Devon

Organisers have hailed the only publicly available courts in North Devon, in the UK’s south west. The Atlantic Racquet Centre in Bideford has opened two...

Club file: Nick Clifford working wonders at Wigginton for 40 years

Nick Clifford lives 200 yards from the front door of his beloved Wigginton Squash Club and has given it 40 years of devoted service....

How Open Squash is igniting New Yorkers’ passion for the sport

The key to turning a non-squash player into a passionate participant is to treat every potential new member of your club as “both a...

Club File: Welsh squash centre sees spike in new faces

A Welsh club is benefiting from its revamped junior and adult squash classes, with over 100 new faces trying the sport for the first...

County Scene: ‘Squash needs to encourage and support its proactive coaches’

The modern climate in squash calls for proactive, energetic and selfless coaches. Down in Lewes, East Sussex, one club has just the cohort. And...