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Time to get practical about which ball to use!

Time to get practical about which ball to use!

Every sport has its aficionados; people who love to talk about the subtleties of the equipment. And squash is no different, from whether this string at this tension is better than that string and that tension to which racket weight and balance is perfect for which type of player. However, one thing we shouldn't be arguing [...]

December 9, 2019 Phillip Marlowe BALLS AND WALLS, Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 0

Sarah-Jane Perry named PSA Women’s President

Sarah-Jane Perry named PSA Women’s President

Duncalf and Willstrop step down from PSA Board By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent IntroEngland’s World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry has been confirmed as the Professional Squash Association’s (PSA) Women’s President at the association’s annual AGM held today, December 9, in Leeds, England. The 29-year-old Perry, a Commonwealth Games silver medallist, replaces departing Women’s President [...]

December 9, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Nicol David hosts Dream event in KL

Nicol David hosts Dream event in KL

SJP heads up the draw as Nicol aims to grow the game in Malaysia  By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Nicol David is working quickly to fill the void created by her recent retirement from international squash. She is keen to inspire the next generation of young talent in Malaysia and is inviting juniors [...]

December 7, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Cut down the number of reps to learn and improve faster

Cut down the number of reps to learn and improve faster

‘First shot is always the most important’ By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Correspondent Stephen Hawking once said: “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to changes.” Maybe he was thinking of players like Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro, whose ability to adapt their techniques later in their careers led to them winning World Championship titles, [...]

November 27, 2019 Tony Grifin Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 0

Interview: Meet Lachlan Johnson, Australia’s High Performance Manager

Interview: Meet Lachlan Johnson, Australia’s High Performance Manager

‘Our stars are dotted all over the world but we are all working towards doing well at the 2022 Comm Games’ By ROD BANNISTER – Squash Mad Correspondent It’s a time of change for squash in Australia, with Lachlan Johnson moving in as the new High Performance Manager. Here he answers a few questions from [...]

November 25, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, Interviews, News 0

Good people, doing great things for the game (and their communities)

Good people, doing great things for the game (and their communities)

Tribute to those behind World Squash Day events that reap social change and raise funds for good causes   By MIKE GREGSON, ALAN THATCHER and JAMES ROBERTS As a lone heron glided gently to its evening repose beside the swift-flowing River Ness, and the pipistrelles’ calls echoed through the willowbanks, there, unmistakeably, came the thump-thump-thump of [...]

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

WSF Review: Legends join in to make World Squash Day a feast of fun, food and friendship all over the planet

WSF Review: Legends join in to make World Squash Day a feast of fun, food and friendship all over the planet

Strewth! Aussie MPs get on court as World Squash Day serves up a treat on and off court By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent World Squash Day attracted thousands of new players as clubs across the planet opened their doors to showcase the sport on Saturday (October 12). A social media blitz and [...]

October 16, 2019 Howard Harding Growing the game, News 1

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

PSA stars past and present join the fun on World Squash Day

PSA stars past and present join the fun on World Squash Day

Nick Matthew leads massive day of action in England  By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor PSA stars past and present are making a racket to support World Squash Day. Former world champion Nick Matthew is spearheading a week-long project at his lifelong training base, the Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club in Sheffield. Matthew, who [...]

October 7, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, 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

Nick Matthew Academy sparks a week of special events in the build-up to World Squash Day

Nick Matthew Academy sparks a week of special events in the build-up to World Squash Day

Former world champion offers free taster sessions at Hallamshire By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Former world champion Nick Matthew is leading a whole week of activities at the Hallamshire Club in Sheffield in the build-up to World Squash Day. Nick, who lifted the world title three times, alongside a hat-trick of British Open [...]

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

Women’s Squash Week sets new targets

Women’s Squash Week sets new targets

Move to attract more female coaches By DONNA HELMER – Squash Mad Correspondent Women’s Squash Week returns from September 23-29 to raise the profile of women’s squash across England and the world. The week-long campaign will celebrate and showcase women’s squash at every level from playing to coaching and highlight the contribution women make to [...]

September 12, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

“Squash à la Franglaise”: Nantes Open builds on Anglo-French “Squash Twinning”

“Squash à la Franglaise”: Nantes Open builds on Anglo-French “Squash Twinning”

“Squash à la Franglaise”: Nantes Open builds on Anglo-French “Squash Twinning” By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Reporter France and Britain: two great nations so close geographically and yet so different. We may take the mickey out of each other, with our “Frogs” and “Rosbif” jibes, but despite past conflicts, cultural differences and superficial disdain, [...]

September 9, 2019 James Roberts Growing the game, News 0

Laura Massaro to take on mentoring role at England Squash

Laura Massaro to take on mentoring role at England Squash

‘I have a lot of experience and knowledge to pass on and I’m looking forward to it’ By DONNA HALMER – Squash Mad Correspondent England Squash has finalised a long-term mentoring agreement with Laura Massaro that will see the former World No.1 develop and nurture England’s younger generation of female players. Massaro, 35, called time [...]

September 9, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0