SQUASH: Spalding delighted at squash’s 2020 hope

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Spalding Squash and Racketball Club have expressed their delight at the news that squash has been shortlisted by the IOC for potential inclusion at the 2020 Olympic Games.

The club, who have four courts at their dedicated centre in Holyrood Walk, have many local members – ranging from juniors through to those aged 70 and above.

Squash players are recognised as some of the fittest athletes in the world – Spalding’s head of marketing Joe Slater feels that last week’s news helps to reflect that.

“The sport has not had as much mainstream coverage as other sports,” said Slater. “But we hope that this will now change with today’s news and attract more people and investment into the sport.

“With seven years to prepare, there may even be a Team GB Gold medal winner.”

“As former world number one Nick Matthew said, squash is a very gladiatorial sport, very fast paced and very exhilarating to watch.

“It’s also been voted the world’s healthiest sport and the Olympic Games will be our pinnacle.”

Squash was one of eight sports that presented their bids to the International Olympic Committee executive board in St Petersburg on May 29, for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games.

It has made the shortlist of three alongside wrestling and baseball/softball, with the final decision being made in September when the IOC will also decide which city will host the 2020 games.”

l Spalding Squash and Racketball Club has internal leagues and is always looking for new members.

They offer squash at any level, whether that is as a beginner or at club level.

Racketball has also been introduced over the last couple of years and is proving popular with new players and those looking for a fresh challenge.

Annual membership is currently available at the club too.

Visit www.spalding-squash.co.uk for more information.