World Squash Day returns on Saturday, October 12 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 and hold a free taster session called The Big Hit.
World Squash Day founder Alan Thatcher said: “Our aim is to attract 100,000 new players to the game this year. Every club and squash facility is invited to host a Big Hit taster session to promote the health benefits that squash has to offer, alongside the fun and friendly social atmosphere that is a universal part of our great game.”
Thatcher stated, “Each club can create their own pathways to look after those newcomers, including weekly group sessions, mentors to help them on their way, and social evenings to complement the huge fitness buzz that squash is guaranteed to deliver.”
World Squash Day is endorsed by the World Squash Federation, PSA, and national federations across the globe. “World Squash Day is a wonderful annual initiative. It provides such a great opportunity for clubs everywhere to show the public who have not yet experienced it just what makes our sport so popular around the globe,” said World Squash Federation president Jacques Fontaine.
Many nations are already planning campaigns to support the push to attract a new generation of players.
Thatcher added, “We hope this fantastic event will capture the imagination of the wider public and attract new people to the game. To make it a huge success, we need the support of every squash club and federation. Next year on World Squash Day we plan to launch Squash: Project 200 as we begin the 10-year countdown to the 200th anniversary of the birth of squash.”