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Finland to host 2021 European Team Champs inside huge shopping mall

Finland to host 2021 European Team Champs inside huge shopping mall

‘Mall setting will help to promote squash in Finland’ By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor As the squash world tiptoes towards an emergence from the coronavirus lockdown, the Finnish Squash Federation are busy planning the 2021 European Team Championships. Main matches will be played on a glass court which will be set up inside [...]

June 26, 2020 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Squash is so much more than fitness, so let’s have a chat about it

Squash is so much more than fitness, so let’s have a chat about it

The pro game is underscored by fitness, but is that frightening off new players at club level? Let’s discuss. By PHILLIP MARLOWE – Squash Mad Correspondent A recent Twitter conversation has me wondering whether squash has focused on fitness too much and is actually losing players because of it. I also wonder what professional squash [...]

June 19, 2020 Phillip Marlowe Comment, Growing the game, News 3

The Big Interview: Chat show hosts Bobby and The Wolf talk squash, lockdown lagers and internet issues

The Big Interview: Chat show hosts Bobby and The Wolf talk squash, lockdown lagers and internet issues

Nick and Daryl discuss lockdown issues and how squash can grow when courts are open again By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Nick Matthew and Daryl Selby have enjoyed a few words on court down the years, both in jest and during the heat of battle. Now they are entertaining the squash community with [...]

June 17, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, Interviews, News 0

Racketball Revolution ready to boost numbers

Racketball Revolution ready to boost numbers

UK Racketball launch development project with England Squash By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Mark Fuller, founder of UK Racketball, has wide ranging plans to increase the numbers of people playing the game once squash clubs are fully open for business following the Coronavirus lockdown. He is partnering with England Squash to produce a [...]

June 14, 2020 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News, Racketball 4

Racial equality in squash: 96% of SEA students identify as people of colour but many feel alienated at wealthy white clubs

Racial equality in squash: 96% of SEA students identify as people of colour but many feel alienated at wealthy white clubs

SEA chief Tim Wyant paints a mural of a multi-coloured future for squash By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor As the Covid-19 headlines give way to news of Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the world, squash can add discussions about racial equality to the debates about the safe reopening of our courts. At the professional [...]

June 9, 2020 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 1

WSF issue guidelines on safe return to play

WSF issue guidelines on safe return to play

To shower or not to shower, that’s the big debate By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The World Squash Federation has issued a range of guidelines to help those involved in planning a safe return to play. The recommendations are published on the WSF website. The document has been put together following close co-operation [...]

May 22, 2020 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 1

Low Wee Wern reminisces on Singapore’s Kallang Squash Centre

Low Wee Wern reminisces on Singapore’s Kallang Squash Centre

Malaysian star Low Wee Wern shares her memories of soon-to-be-demolished Kallang and what would be an ideal replacement By ALEX WAN – Squash Mad Asian Bureau Editor Singapore’s Kallang Squash Centre may be aged, but it is an iconic and memorable squash venue for many. Back in 1989, the World Men’s Team Championship was held [...]

May 20, 2020 Alex Wan Growing the game, Interviews, News 0

Wading through the mixed messages and plotting a safe return to court

Wading through the mixed messages and plotting a safe return to court

The possibility of death is an ever-present risk By DAVE IRESON – Squash Mad Correspondent We have seen a lot in various media outlets about “how” squash might return as a sport, based on the guidance that has been issued so far in terms of return to work of various sectors in England (or in [...]

May 15, 2020 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Live squash is back with the UNSQUASHABLE Premier League launching in New Zealand

Live squash is back with the UNSQUASHABLE Premier League launching in New Zealand

Live coverage broadcast by PSA SquashTV YouTube channel By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Live squash is back! The UNSQUASHABLE Premier Squash League will be launched tomorrow in association with SquashXL Club in Auckland, New Zealand. Squash fans who have missed their regular fix can catch the action live on the PSA YouTube channel. [...]

May 14, 2020 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

England Squash county update: Massive momentum stalled by lockdown

England Squash county update: Massive momentum stalled by lockdown

More coaches ready to relaunch the game By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor England Squash have told counties that the Coronavirus lockdown has stalled a period of massive momentum by the sport’s national governing body. Chief Executive Keir Worth, writing the England Squash County Update, explained that guidelines for reopening clubs and facilities will [...]

May 13, 2020 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

PSA Foundation launches partnership with Sporting Chance

PSA Foundation launches partnership with Sporting Chance

Sporting Chance offer 24-hour hotline for PSA players  By ELLIE MAWSON – Squash Mad Correspondent The PSA Foundation – the charitable arm of the Professional Squash Association (PSA) – is delighted to announce its new partnership with Sporting Chance which will create additional support for all players on the PSA Tour. Sporting Chance was founded [...]

May 9, 2020 Guest Contributor Growing the game, News 0

Squash Australia: Beating the lockdown with energy and ideas

Squash Australia: Beating the lockdown with energy and ideas

Lockdown leads to positive new vision for delivering the game Down Under By CHRIS YEEND – Squash Australia The COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020 in Australia will be forever etched into our memories as a challenging and testing time for our nation. The Pandemic was hot on the heels of one of the most intense fire [...]

May 9, 2020 Guest Contributor Growing the game, News 0

Polish Squash joins in national scheme to end lockdown

Polish Squash joins in national scheme to end lockdown

  Federation works with Sports Ministry to plan reopening programme By ROSANNA RADLINSKA-TYMA – Squash Mad Correspondent Squash clubs in Poland will have to wait until phase four of the government’s plans to end the coronavirus lockdown. Poland reacted quite quickly in terms of introducing special measures to tackle Covid-19 and flatten the curve. The [...]

May 4, 2020 Rosanna Radlinska-Tyma Growing the game, News 0

PSA to take over WSF media and marketing role as Howard Harding stands down

PSA to take over WSF media and marketing role as Howard Harding stands down

Partnership brings global bodies into closer alignment By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The World Squash Federation (WSF) has appointed the Professional Squash Association (PSA) to oversee its communications efforts following a restructuring of the organisation’s PR, media and marketing activities which will come into effect from May 1. Since signing a Memorandum of [...]

April 30, 2020 Alan Thatcher Comment, Growing the game, News 0

PSA and WSF extend shoe deals with Salming and Teuton

PSA and WSF extend shoe deals with Salming and Teuton

‘Bold designs and high-quality products’ By SEAN REUTHE and HOWARD HARDING  Squash may be on lockdown right now but commercial activities continue to generate revenues behind the scenes.  The PSA and WSF have both announced new contract extensions with footwear partners Salming and Teuton, respectively. The WSF deal with German company Teuton is expanding into [...]

April 28, 2020 Howard Harding Growing the game, News 0