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Lichfield Take Game Global to Focus on 2020 Vision

Posted: 12.10.12

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Lichfield Squash Club are joining in a challenge to create the biggest match in history as part of a bid to make the sport an Olympic event. Players from all over the world are uniting for World Squash Day to help promote the sport’s push for a place in the 2020 Games. With two teams playing in one global match, each participating club field two teams of 20 players, with rival team members playing one game up to 20 points. The scores from every club will count towards an overall global result between Team Squash and Team 2020.
Chairman James Roberts was particularly keen to take part after members at the thriving local facility outlined their passion to support the bid. “We’re really looking forward to the day and playing our part in helping the bid. If squash was to become an Olympic event, it will give the sport the profile it so desperately deserves, as can be seen with other Olympic sports that have benefited from the exposure such as cycling and judo."

With over 50 000 courts spread across the world, World Squash Day organisers are hopeful that the total number of competitors will run into the hundreds of thousands, and therefore enabling them to take the claim as the biggest participated squash match ever, gaining entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.

In addition to the 2020 Challenge Match, Lichfield will also be staging a series of coaching clinics featuring women’s world No.42 Sarah-Jane Perry. Since officially opening in March, the club have grown rapidly, and now have 45 members all playing competitively on a daily basis. Roberts andhis committee formed the club because they were fed up with the demise of the game in the area. Operating at the two council-run leisure centres in the area, King Edward V1 and Friary Grane, the club’s mission was to increase local squash play and generally act as a focal point for the sport. Luckily for the club and ESR, the hard work seems to be paying off! Roberts explained: “The club is exceeding our expectations with lots of enthusiasm from existing players and some new players attracted to take up the game. We have grown steadily and have a new thriving club league with four divisions of six players, which we are still operating alongside the traditional league at the Friary Grange Leisure Centre. There are huge plans in place for the future as well, which in time will soon start to progress.”
The event is completely free to enter as all court fees will be covered by club sponsors, Dealmakers Monthly.

  • If your club has similar plans for World Squash Day, please e-mail the details to Natalie.wilcox@englandsquashandracketball.com, and we will ensure it is promoted via the appropriate channels.