World Squash Day 2019

Dear Friends

World Squash Day is less than six weeks away and I hope you are all busy organising some very special events to attract new players to our wonderful sport.

Please find attached the proposal document that was adopted and endorsed by the World Squash Federation earlier this year: WSD PROPOSAL WSF.

The WSF notified every Member Nation about World Squash Day back in the spring so everyone has had plenty of time to make arrangements.

We now have our own website and for those of you still seeking ideas about events please take a look at our Toolkit: https://www.worldsquashday.net/world-squash-day-toolkit/

We have been busy promoting World Squash Day for the past eight months on social media and I hope you have kept track of some great ideas from different parts of the world.

England Squash have led the way with more than 120 clubs signed up to a development project designed to attract at last 5,000 new members to the game this year.

The theme for World Squash Day this year is The Big Hit programme, where clubs hold open days to attract newcomers and then hold weekly follow-up sessions to make them feel welcome.

We all know that squash is one of the very best games for health and fitness, and these facts feature highly in all of our media work. This is especially important at a time when many nations report that one in three children reach the age of 11 showing signs of obesity.

Squash can certainly lead the way in providing and delivering community health benefits.

Please let me know what you are planning so that I can add extra items to the next media reports, website updates and global media releases being issued by the World Squash Federation.

Please talk to us on Twitter and Facebook:

Twitter: @WorldSquashDay

Facebook: facebook.com/WorldSquashDay/

Best wishes,

Alan Thatcher

Manager/Coach for the 2019 South African National men’s team

Squash South Africa is looking for a Manager/Coach for the 2019 South African National men’s team which is participating in the 2019 WSF World Men’s Team Championships to be played at the unique Squash on Fire facility in Washington , USA.
It is the first time in the 50 year old history of the event that it will be played in the USA .

Please could you circulate to all those players who would be interested.

Minimum Criteria: for Coach/Manager

  • needs to have played at a high level – preferably at international level.
  • needs to have some proven ability of coaching.
  • needs to be able to analyse matches and build/advise game plans.
  • needs to be able to motivate/enthuse/teambuild
  • needs to be able to organise/manage.
  •  needs to have a culture of discipline and be able to impose if necessary.
  • Needs to be empathetic, understanding and deal with pressure.
  • Needs to be able to prove a reasonable standard of fitness.

Squash South Africa needs a detailed CV together with a letter confirming the application. Please attach a copy of the ID.

Please e-mail to: liz@squashsa.co.za by Monday 16th September 2019

Attached please find a nomination form to be completed and sent together with the CV: Nomination for SA men manager 2019

Enter the NJSA Start of Season Open Tournament

13 – 15 September 2019

Open for all Boys & Girls u11 – u19

Closing date for entries: Monday 09 September 2019 at 13h00

Players may ONLY play in their 2020 Age Group

TOURNAMENT FORMAT:

  • This is a ROUND ROBIN tournament.
  • Players may ONLY enter in their 2020 age group as indicated below
  • U/11 (2009 & later); U/13 (2007/08); U/14 (2006); U/16 (2004/05); U/19 (2001/02/03).
  • Online entries are the only accepted form of entry and late entries will not be accepted.

ENTER ON THE NJSA TOURNAMENT PAGE: http://www.northerns.co.za/njsa-documents/njsa-tournaments/

EGYPTIANS IBRAHIM AND HAMED PUT ON DOMINANT DISPLAYS IN GROWTHPOINT SA OPEN FINALS

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Cape Town – After a week of long matches, the finals were surprisingly one-sided with the two Egyptians coming out on top of their respectice matches.

In the women’s final third seed Menna Hamed (EGY) took on local favourite Milnay Louw (RSA). Milnay had recorded upset wins in both her previous matches Continue reading

LOCAL FAVOURITE MILNAY LOUW PLAYS HERSELF INTO THE FINAL ON WOMEN’S DAY

Friday, 9 August 2019

Cape Town – A capacity Cape Town crowd witnessed breath-taking squash on Women’s Day as local favourite Milnay Louw booked her final berth and the 1st and 2nd seed set up a mouth-watering clash in the men’s draw.

In the game of the day, second seed Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) battled back from two games down again to take the victory over third seed Ahmed Hosny (EGY). For the second day in a row, Ibrahim started slower than his opponent, losing 11-8, 11-4, but once again showed strength of character to battle back and win the next two 11-8, 11-8 to set up a nail-biting Continue reading

UPSETS IN THE WOMEN’S DRAW ON DAY 4 AS ALL SEMI-FINALISTS CONFIRMED

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Cape Town – In a surprise for the Cape Town crowd at the V&A Waterfront, both women’s Quarter-finals went against the seeding to set the scene for some exciting semi-finals.

Local South African favourite Milnay Louw (RSA) continued her good form from the Growthpoint SA Nationals to upset 4th seed Cindy Merlo (SUI) in straight games. With just seven places separating the players on the world rankings it was thought that the match would Continue reading

YOUSSEFF AND MOMEN THRILL CAPE TOWN CROWD IN TIGHT CLASH

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Cape Town – Action moved to the glass court at the V&A Waterfront on day 3 of the Growthpoint SA Open and the players turned on the style for the capacity crowd.

Salma Youssef (EGY) edged compatriot Farah Momen (EGY) 3-2 in a match that captivated the vocal crowd. Yousef started off the stronger of the two with an easy 11-3 win in the first game but Momen showed she wasn’t going to be dispatched easily to take the second 11-9. Yousef then won the 3rd before Momen Continue reading

MUHWATI HOLDS HIS NERVE IN EPIC BATTLE AGAINST ABDELKHALEK

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Cape Town – Day 2 of the Growthpoint SA Open served up some scintillating squash in the form of two upsets, close fought matches and the favourites showing their quality as matches now move to the Glass Court.

In the game of the day on Day 2 of the Growthpoint SA Open, sixth seed Blessing Muhwati (ZIM) showed his strength of character to hold out for a 3-2 victory over Abdelram Continue reading

UPSET ON DAY 1 OF THE GROWTHPOINT SA OPEN AS CHRISTO POTGIETER KNOCKED OUT BY ABDALLAH ELMASRY

Monday, 5 August 2019

Cape Town – South African number 2 ranked player Christo Potgieter fell to a shock defeat to Egyptian Abdallah Elmasry as the Growthpoint SA Open kicked off at the Western Province Squash Club in Cape Town.

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) sanctioned tournament sees South Africa’s top squash players taking on a powerful international field led by the Frenchman Lucas Continue reading