Squash is now popular in Jamaica and the participation is growing.
Several months ago, I read in the Jamaican Gleaner about news on the Jamaican Squash Federation’s partnership with Restaurant Associates Ltd, who operate and manage the Burger King restaurants in the Caribbean.
I found this news very intriguing, as I would like to have known the opinion of my late grandfather; he was a keen-sports enthusiast and enjoyed his sports. Moreover, the partnership is going to play an crucial part in the development of junior squash development in Jamaica.
When I was younger, I remember him talking a lot the West Indian Cricket team, and when the Jamaican football team reached the FIFA France World Cup Finals 1998; he would be happy to talk about with me in great detail.
Popularity for squash has grown a lot in other Caribbean islands, such as Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago with much success among the junior levels – this made me think could there be a West Indian squash team one day?
What would my grandfather’s reaction on this momentous partnership between a blue-chip brand and a growing sport in Jamaica? He would say “I hope it encourages the youth of other sporting opportunities besides cricket, athletics, tennis, netball and basketball” – I would totally agree with him on this.
I honestly believe the growth of squash in Jamaica can inspire the current junior players to continue playing squash with dreams of hopefully play squash represent Jamaica in the 2020 Olympics #votesquash2020; as well continue to inspire a new generation of young Jamaicans to take squash. In addition, with the growth of squash in the West Indies can lead to inspiring children of Caribbean parents born in the UK to play squash, resulting in more participation and positive community cohesion.