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Aberystwyth a shining example

The first Squash Summit took place last week in Birmingham alongside the British Open Championships, gathering coaches, leaders, and influential figures in squash as the sport gears up for its debut at the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics.

The Squash Summit, hosted by the PSA Foundation and the World Squash Federation (WSF), featured notable attendees including multiple PSA Men’s World Champion Nick Matthew, US Squash CEO Kevin Klipstein, WSF President Zena Wooldridge, and Nicol David (pictured above with Damian Burgess), former PSA Women's World No. 1 for a record 108 consecutive months, 8-time World Open Champion, and founder of the Nicol David Organisation.


Various federations and clubs attended the event to discuss their current initiatives and future plans for growing the sport of squash and increasing its visibility at all levels, from grassroots to elite athletes competing for medals.

 

Aberystwyth Squash Club was the only club in attendance from Wales and received a shout out during one of the talks on growing the sport, Damian Burgess, Director of Squash at Aberystwyth Squash Club was able to share how the sport has developed in the area.

 

“The first part of our success is a great partnership with the local authority and the Leisure Centre, this coupled with tremendous work on and off court from our volunteers, especially Hugh Gibson who is always at the squash courts at Plascrug”

 

Damian also said “We have created an easy-to-use website, booking system and clear marketing to reach as many juniors and parents as possible, as well as adults too in and around Aberystwyth. We have seen hundreds of new faces on the squash courts over the last 18 months and been lucky enough to have club sponsors like Afan Cycles whose generous sponsorships has allowed us to offer FREE squash on Sundays”


Being mentioned at the Squash Summit was an unexpected honor, highlighting the diligent efforts our club has invested in promoting the sport in Aberystwyth and its significant influence on the global squash community. Damian, who has meticulously developed the club's website and marketing materials, shared valuable insights and strategies with other clubs and federations at the Summit on how to expand the game in their regions.


Our club offers a comprehensive range of squash programs throughout the week and weekends, catering to different age groups and skill levels. These include mini squash for young children, junior squash for older kids, and various adult classes. All sessions can be booked in advance to ensure participation. Additionally, we provide free squash sessions on Sunday mornings, starting at 10:30 am for juniors, followed by a free adult class at noon.


We are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all squash enthusiasts and look forward to seeing you on the court, whether you are just starting or looking to refine your skills. Join us and be part of our vibrant squash community!

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