With four months still to go, more than 3,000 players have already signed up to take part in the world’s biggest squash match. The 2020 Team Challenge is the focal point of the World Squash Day campaign to back the sport’s Olympic bid for inclusion in the 2020 Games.
So far, players from 66 clubs in 22 countries have registered, with many thousands more expected to follow suit as word spreads around the world.
Clubs are invited to hold 20-a-side matches as part of one massive global fixture on Saturday October 20th. They will be part of two teams, Team Squash and Team 2020, and the scores will count towards an overall global total.
World Squash Day founder Alan Thatcher said: “Many clubs are going the extra mile and holding matches with 30 or more players per team – Chiltern Park Sports Club in South Africa is aiming for ‘at least 100 players per side’.
“There are more big events planned in various parts of the world, including Australia and Egypt, and we look forward to announcing those as soon as details have been arranged.
“It’s great to see leading players like Nicol David, Nick Matthew, James Willstrop, Mohamed El Shorbagy and many others coming forward to back the bid and support World Squash Day.
“Attracting 10,000 players to take part in the 2020 Challenge is the next target but it would be wonderful if we could double or treble that figure. That kind of response would help show the world that squash has a thriving, global popularity.”
Clubs can register their event and download posters and marketing materials from the website: www.worldsquashday.com
Some Club Comments:
- Brunel University, UK: “Very excited to be involved in this global event!”
- Union League Club of Chicago: “Going all out on this one. We’ll see if we can get the entire city of Chicago on board!”
- Lane Cove Squash, Australia: “We only have four courts, but all will be packed for the whole day, followed by a few drinks !”
- Stowmarket Squash, UK: “We’ll be holding a “kids vs parents” match”
- Jordan Squash Federation: “Matches, fun and social activities with media and sport authorities and Jordanian Olympic Committee invited”
- Insurgentes, Mexico: “!!!Felicitaciones, es una gra idea!!!”
- Batemans Bay, Australia: “We play in a church (would you believe) so not much abusing of umpires. Can’t wait!”
- Tynemouth, UK: “We’ll be running it as a ‘League of Nations’, with each player representing a country as well as their team.”