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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

New Manhattan Community Squash Center close to opening

New Manhattan Community Squash Center close to opening

‘Our goal is to build 100 of these centers’ Interview by ALAN THATCHER (Squash Mad Editor) The Manhattan Community Squash Center is planning to open its doors at the end of this month. With a number of New York squash clubs closing in the past decade or more, this is a much-needed addition to the [...]

September 6, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, Interviews, News 2

England Squash renews partnership with Off The Wall

England Squash renews partnership with Off The Wall

Teaming up again to grow junior squash By DONNA HELMER – Squash Mad Correspondent England Squash has announced the renewal of a three-year partnership with coaching academy Off the Wall Squash that will see the two organisations working collaboratively to grow junior squash in England. The renewed partnership will see England Squash drive awareness of [...]

September 5, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

PSA unveils 2019-20 World Tour calendar

PSA unveils 2019-20 World Tour calendar

Busy season ahead as prize money grows By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent The Professional Squash Association (PSA) has announced the calendar for the 2019-20 PSA World Tour season, which will see 29 tournaments take place across five continents between September 2019 and June 2020. The PSA World Tour is the pinnacle of professional [...]

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

World Squash Day: England Squash and Karakal sign up 120 clubs

World Squash Day: England Squash and Karakal sign up 120 clubs

Massive response to global project designed to attract new players By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor With World Squash Day six weeks away, England Squash are leading the way with their support for a massive global project designed to grow participation numbers. At the time of writing, 120 clubs have signed up to take [...]

August 30, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Squash can lead the way with community health projects

Squash can lead the way with community health projects

Sport England team up with medical profession to launch Active Charter By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Squash clubs have an amazing opportunity to play a leading role in delivering community health benefits .  As part of the advice given to clubs who take part in World Squash Day, I have been encouraging the [...]

August 20, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News 0

Squash star Alison Waters is London Open Racketlon runner-up at Roehampton

Squash star Alison Waters is London Open Racketlon runner-up at Roehampton

Racketlon growing in popularity with Olympic aspirations By GORDON KERR – Squash Mad Correspondent Racketlon combines the four ‘biggest’ racket sports in the world: Table Tennis, Badminton, Squash and Tennis. Administered by the Federation of International Racketlon (FIR), this amateur portmanteau sport is well organised and campaigning confidently for Olympic inclusion. The four sports are [...]

August 20, 2019 Gordon Kerr Growing the game, News 0

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