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Growing the game

An Open Letter to our Junior Players

An Open Letter to our Junior Players

‘Squash needs advocates and ambassadors more in touch with popular culture’ By CHRIS SARGENT – Squash Mad Correspondent Squash may have lost its way down the generations. From the dizzy heights of millions of players battling to book courts in the boom years of the 1980s, the game has struggled to halt a steady slide [...]

March 9, 2019 Chris Sargent Comment, Growing the game, News 1

PSA Women’s World Championship moves to the Pyramids

PSA Women’s World Championship moves to the Pyramids

PSA clinch three-year deal with CIB as world champion Nour pledges to promote squash in Egypt  By SEAN REUTHE and ALAN THATCHER The 2019-2020 PSA Women’s World Championship, the most prestigious squash tournament of the season, will take place in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the only remaining ancient wonder of the world, [...]

March 6, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 1

James Willstrop warms up for a Classic encounter at Canary Wharf

James Willstrop warms up for a Classic encounter at Canary Wharf

From best of seven to best of three, Willstrop loves innovation at Canary Wharf By ALAN THATCHER  James Willstrop is one of the most experienced players on the PSA World Tour. At 35, he has travelled round the world many times and amassed an incredible knowledge of the game. While admitting to being something of [...]

March 5, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, Interviews, News 0

Tony Griffin Coaching: How Liam broke the mould

Tony Griffin Coaching: How Liam broke the mould

‘A sequence of exercises that allows the player to recognise the sensation of hitting the ball well and understand why’ By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Coaching Correspondent This is Liam’s Story. It’s a case study in breaking the mould with regards to coaching. It’s about changing the way we do things, to be inclusive [...]

March 1, 2019 Tony Grifin Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 0

Squash and success is a numbers game: A call to action for World Squash Day

Squash and success is a numbers game: A call to action for World Squash Day

We need to break through these barriers to our sport or new players will go elsewhere By CHRIS SARGENT – Squash Mad Correspondent The failure to once again get into the Olympics feels like a hammer blow to our sport. It is not. The future of our sport is in our hands. But, let’s face [...]

February 28, 2019 Chris Sargent Comment, Growing the game, News 3

So, where now for this beautiful game?

So, where now for this beautiful game?

We need leadership, teamwork and a clear vision to grow the game   By CHRIS SARGENT – Squash Mad Correspondent (Grove Park Squash Club) So, where now for the real, beautiful game of squash? Clearly, the news about squash being excluded from the Paris 2024 Olympics is very disappointing. Particularly for all the talented youngsters out [...]

February 23, 2019 Chris Sargent Comment, Growing the game, News 5

Amanda Sobhy hails equal prize money in million-dollar World Champs

Amanda Sobhy hails equal prize money in million-dollar World Champs

‘There is no stopping the future of squash’ says American number one By SEAN REUTHE  United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy believes there is no stopping the future of squash ahead of the 2018-2019 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family, which will offer the sport’s first $1 million prize purse when it takes place [...]

February 22, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, Interviews, News 0

PSA in deal to stream live squash on Facebook Watch

PSA in deal to stream live squash on Facebook Watch

Chicago launch gives new exposure to the game By SEAN REUTHE The Professional Squash Association (PSA) have signed a multi-year agreement with Facebook to bring live matches from the PSA Tour to Facebook Watch. These matches will be available to territories outside of Europe and Japan on a non-exclusive basis. Live action up until the [...]

February 19, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Nicol David to retire from playing, but her squash dreams carry on

Nicol David to retire from playing, but her squash dreams carry on

‘I love squash with all my heart and it will always play an important role in my life’ By ALAN THATCHER, HOWARD HARDING and SEAN REUTHE  Nicol David once famously revealed that she would happily swap all eight of her World Championship titles for just one Olympic gold medal. That statement underlined her devotion to [...]

February 18, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 2

Squash Goes Gold launches fresh Olympic campaign

Squash Goes Gold launches fresh Olympic campaign

‘Squash is in the best position it has ever been; we have made huge strides over the past decade’ By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent and SEAN REUTHE (PSA Media)  The World Squash Federation (WSF) and Professional Squash Association (PSA) have today launched an ambitious new campaign – “Squash Goes Gold” – aimed [...]

February 14, 2019 Howard Harding Growing the game, News 0

Interactive front wall to feature in Chicago World Champs

Interactive front wall to feature in Chicago World Champs

Colourful concept takes shape as front wall turns into giant interactive screen By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor  The presentation of professional squash will move up a notch when an interactive front wall will feature in the forthcoming PSA World Championships at Chicago’s Union Station. For a long time it has been every promoter’s [...]

February 14, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

British Open Masters to return to Hull after three-year absence

British Open Masters to return to Hull after three-year absence

University courts will be ideal hunting ground for iconic Masters titles By DONNA HELMER England Squash and England Squash Masters have announced that the 2019 British Open Masters Championships will be played alongside the Allam British Open in Hull from May 20-26. The move follows the £16 million redevelopment of the University of Hull sports [...]

November 28, 2018 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, Squash Around The World 0

Allam British Open moves to the University of Hull

Allam British Open moves to the University of Hull

Equal prize money split in $330,000 fund By ALAN THATCHER  The Allam British Open, the oldest and most established professional squash tournament in the world, will have a new home from 2019 after an agreement was reached today that will see the iconic event take place in its entirety in a brand new sports complex [...]

November 27, 2018 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Tickets on sale for Manchester Women’s Open

Tickets on sale for Manchester Women’s Open

$76,000 prize fund on offer By SEAN REUTHE  Tickets for next year’s Manchester Open are now on general sale, with the National Squash Centre set to host a number of the world’s leading female players between May 9-13, 2019. The Manchester Open, a women’s-only PSA World Tour Silver tournament, will see players compete for the [...]

November 23, 2018 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Tennis copies template for the future of squash as FWB wins major award at ATP Finals

Tennis copies template for the future of squash as FWB wins major award at ATP Finals

Interactive Squash pitch wins Global Tennis Innovation Summit   By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor It was a real honour and a privilege being present in London today while a significant piece of sporting history was being recorded. Markos Kern, founder of Fun With Balls, the German company launching the game-changing Interactive Squash product into [...]

November 16, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0