Not only was this year’s World Squash Day its 20th anniversary of the great campaign in raising awareness of the sport, but it was a prominent day for our sport in the form of major nations putting on events to celebrate our sport.
As for us, well, we had plans in place but had to cancel due to financial difficulties – either way we showed our appreciation for our Squash friends across the world who put on open day events inviting the community to play and socialise at local squash club.
With life returning back normal, there were some brilliant stories online of Squash fans across the globe came together in a fellowship at their local Squash venue to play together without any tough social distancing rules in place.
Global Squash party from all continents
Some of the highlights that have made 20th Anniversary of world squash day memorable were:
Egyptian juniors put on a strong show
On the eve of Black Ball Championships on 9/10 October, there were loads of smiling faces in photo shoot outside the Black Ball Sporting Club in Cairo, one of the world’s most spectacular squash venues.
This was not only a brilliant photo opportunity for next generation to be a part of our sport global campaign on the day of promoting Squash, but they say took part in their country’s most prestigious Squash tournament.
Inaugural Outdoor Squash match
For the first time ever, an outdoor Squash event World Squash Day held on Maspeth Steel Court, New York.
Taking part in the first ever-outdoor Squash exhibition game were Egypt’s world No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy, along with Indian stars Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa, and New Zealand’s Joelle King playing a few games on a unique squash court made from steel, plus build to the dimensions of an actual championship Squash court.
The significance of the exhibition was to help the plans to build more open-air facilities to increase the visibility of the sport.
Already there’s plans are in place for the development two outdoor Squash courts venues in Chicago and another at our favourite outdoor Squash venue the four-court in El Salvador. The project has received the support of by the PSA Foundation.
Let us hope the development of outdoor Squash courts continue, notably in countries that good weather all year round.
Africa promotes Squash talent
Meanwhile on Facebook the Squash Federation of Africa shared a number of short videos of their top players talking about what the sport means to them.
We were pleased to hear from Jean-Marie Besombi talk about his Squash story and what the sport means to him:
Watch full video: https://fb.watch/8xEt7cidvb/
Jean-Marie is one of the Congo’s leading Squash players and we look forward to seeing more coverage of him on the Squash come 2022.
Beside video these shorts from the Squash African association, one of their leading community venues – the Jacob Esuene Squash Club hosted a World Squash Day event in their local community.
These pieces of content have been ideal in promoting their talented Squash players to young people; especially as the country is looking to become a major force in the sport on the world stage.
UK Squash big reunion
Now if there is one way to bring people back to a Squash is organise a reunion – this was theme of majority venues in the UK.
From seeing a number of Squash clubs on social media in UK there was plenty Squash action with friends reuniting over a game of Squash.
For a added bonus there was national football match showing on TV, so you can imagine the social atmosphere in the squash clubs bar area.
On the downside it is a shame Sprintz Leisure are not around to have a reunion with us on World Squash Day. This is something that our founder was hoping to do with them, given his long association with one of Walsall’s (including the West Midlands) most unique independent standalone health and squash clubs.
Overall, this year’s World Squash Day was a great showcase for the sport and sent a clear message to everyone who knows little about the sport that Squash is brilliant activity to take up whether you are young or old.
Upon reflection, it’s hard to believe that World Squash Day has been going for 20 years and what Alan Thatcher & him team have created deserves some of form honour.
To sum up, next year is Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and with the momentum from 2021 World Squash Day there is no doubt that our sport in good shape to progress further in the mainstream of the hearts and mind of global sporting public, especially in the UK plus communities in participation is low.