World Squash Day Theme: 20/10 for 2010

The theme for this year’s World Squash Day on Saturday 6 November is to encourage clubs and associations all over the globe to increase playing numbers.

So, on November 6th, the challenge for every club in the world is to attract:

20 new junior players, and
10 new adult members

World Squash Day is supported by the World Squash Federation (WSF), and Chief Executive Andrew Shelley says: “This is a wonderful idea to create an explosive worldwide rise in participation levels.

“Countries like Egypt are leading the way when it comes to producing wave after wave of fantastic junior players but the springboard for this is the sheer number of juniors at nearly every club in the country.

“If other nations wish to compete at the highest level then the starting point is to increase junior participation levels – as part of the main thrust to ensure that the lifeblood of our sport, the next generation, keeps expanding of course.”

As leading squash players from all over the world arrive to compete in the Commonwealth Games in India, the plan for World Squash Day 2010 is to create a platform to encourage stars of the future.

World Squash Day founder Alan Thatcher, chairman of the Kent SRA in England, added: “Squash has a massive worldwide following with some 20 million players enjoying the game in more than 120 countries.

“Participation levels are increasing in a huge number of countries but here in the UK the game has suffered because of court closures. However, it has been heartening to see that trend being reversed in many regions.

“The single most important thing that we can do for the sport is to bring on a new generation of squash players to safeguard the future of the sport.

“Therefore it is essential that clubs and squash associations all over the globe get behind World Squash Day to produce a significant increase in participation levels.”

Last year World Squash Day generated a massive global show of support for squash’s Olympic bid.

This year clubs and federations can announce their activities on the event website

Thatcher added: “The website has a list of ideas for clubs to get involved and organise events to showcase our fantastic sport.”

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Further information from Alan Thatcher