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New teams from Wales and Newcastle enter PSL

New teams from Wales and Newcastle enter PSL

Cam Pilley ready for slog on the Tyne By DONNA HELMER The Premier Squash League (PSL) returns for the 2018-19 season bolstered by the addition of two new teams and a revised format. Joining the PSL this season are Squash Wales and Newcastle University / Northumberland Club, in addition to the 10 teams who contested [...]

August 13, 2018 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Squash celebrates Diversity, Respect and Solidarity at Paris 2018 Gay Games

Squash celebrates Diversity, Respect and Solidarity at Paris 2018 Gay Games

French sports minister supports Gay Games By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent The French Squash Federation (FFS), the World Squash Federation (WSF) and the Professional Squash Association (PSA) proudly support squash’s participation at the 2018 Gay Games taking place from August 4-12 in Paris. This year’s edition of the worldwide sport and cultural [...]

August 8, 2018 Howard Harding Growing the game, News 0

Squash and technology: PSA announces partnership with Sports Data Labs

Squash and technology: PSA announces partnership with Sports Data Labs

Ali Farag hails profit-sharing plan for PSA players By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Reporter The Professional Squash Association (PSA) has today confirmed a groundbreaking partnership with global technology provider Sports Data Labs that will see squash become the first professional sport ever to make in-game physiological data assets available for commercialisation. Using Sports Data [...]

August 8, 2018 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

World Masters vets show how to play, and how to party!

World Masters vets show how to play, and how to party!

Hips, knees and woes all part of the marvellous Masters experience By AUBREY WADDY – Squash Mad Special Correspondent Serena Williams received huge praise for her achievements in June at Wimbledon. Serena not only competed at the 2018 Championships, within twelve months of delivering her first child, but actually reached the final. The biennial 2018 [...]

August 8, 2018 Guest Contributor Comment, Fun Stuff, Growing the game, News 2

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 5

New-look PSA World Tour structure kicks off this week

New-look PSA World Tour structure kicks off this week

New event format launches at Australian Open By SEAN REUTHE The Professional Squash Association’s (PSA) new tour structure will come into effect tomorrow (August 1) with the Australian Open becoming the first tournament to be held in this new era for professional squash. The new structure will establish a new and exciting image for the [...]

July 31, 2018 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

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

Scottish Open back on the calendar next year

Scottish Open back on the calendar next year

New event in Edinburgh backed by Springfield Properties  By ALAN THATCHER The Scottish Open is making a comeback next year following an 18-year hiatus thanks to backing from one of the country’s leading housebuilders, Springfield Properties. The builder of private and affordable homes has partnered with Scottish Squash and the Professional Squash Association (PSA) to [...]

July 26, 2018 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Gender pay gap closes as PSA announces record prize money on World Tour

Gender pay gap closes as PSA announces record prize money on World Tour

Prize money total soars 11% to $6.4m  By SEAN REUTHE The Professional Squash Association (PSA) today announced that a record level of prize money was available on the PSA World Tour during the 2017-18 season, with total financial compensation reaching $6.4 million, an 11% increase on the previous season. The pay gap between female and [...]

July 23, 2018 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 2

Satinder Bajwa: Top coach transfers lives through squash back home in India

Satinder Bajwa: Top coach transfers lives through squash back home in India

A promise fulfilled as I visit a squash program that helps children in a remote part of India By JOHN LEAVY – Squash Mad Special Correspondent on a return trip to visit Satinder Bajwa’s Khelshala project It took me a few years but I finally accomplished not one but two things that have been on [...]

July 22, 2018 Guest Contributor Growing the game, News 0

SquashForward leaders pledge to grow the game and support Olympic bid

SquashForward leaders pledge to grow the game and support Olympic bid

‘Squash is my life and I will do everything I can to help it grow’ says Dutch title winner Nadiia Usenko By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent SquashFORWARD, the joint initiative between the World Squash Federation (WSF) and Professional Squash Association (PSA), officially kicked off its first activity over the weekend with juniors [...]

July 20, 2018 Howard Harding Growing the game, News 0

Wonderful night for squash as James Willstrop and Daryl Selby turn on the style at Lexden

Wonderful night for squash as James Willstrop and Daryl Selby turn on the style at Lexden

  Amazing skills on show in fun-filled exhibition in front of a capacity crowd By ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor James Willstrop and Daryl Selby delighted a packed crowd at Lexden Rackets and Fitness Club in Colchester, Essex, with a spellbinding display in an exhibition match full of skills, athleticism and great humour. It always [...]

July 13, 2018 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 1

Ali Farag top seed as Alexandria hosts top stars in September

Ali Farag top seed as Alexandria hosts top stars in September

Bibliotheca provides stunning venue for PSA Gold men’s event By SEAN REUTHE and ALAN THATCHER Alexandria will host a professional squash tournament for the first time in three years when World No.2 Ali Farag heads up a top-class draw at the Alexandria International Squash Open, the PSA World Tour Gold event which will be held [...]

July 9, 2018 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Ramy Ashour and Camille Serme lead successful WSF trip to Ukraine

Ramy Ashour and Camille Serme lead successful WSF trip to Ukraine

WSF Ambassador visit ‘a dream come true’ for Ukraine By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent The WSF Ambassador Programme visit to Ukraine was a ‘dream come true’ for squash in the country said the Ukrainian Squash Federation President Anastasiia Netrebchuk at the end of an action-packed two-day series of events in the capital [...]

June 27, 2018 Howard Harding Growing the game, News 0

Ramy Ashour and Camille Serme inspire growth of squash in Armenia

Ramy Ashour and Camille Serme inspire growth of squash in Armenia

WSF Ambassadors thrill fans in Yerevan as Ramy says ‘You could hold a World Championship here’ By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent World squash stars Ramy Ashour, the three-time world champion from Egypt, and Camille Serme, British and US Open winner and six-time European champion from France, thrilled fans of the sport in [...]

June 24, 2018 Howard Harding Growing the game, News 0