Squash Stars Mohamed ElShorbagy & Joelle King  Surprise Two Inspirational Refugee Girls 

Former World Number One Mohamed Elshorbagy and Former World Number Three Joelle King went to their old club in Bristol to surprise two girls from Squash for Development Organisation Squash Dreamers- hearing about their story and how squash has changed their lives. 

Squash Dreamers are an NGO based in Jordan dedicated to empowering young refugee and underprivileged girls through sports and education to support them in accessing better quality academic opportunities and achieving their dreams.  

They empower refugee girls from Jordan and surrounding countries through squash, fitness, through English classes, homework help and much more.  

Daisy Van Leeuwen-Hill, Executive Director of Squash Dreamers, said 

“We work with a lot of disadvantaged communities out there. We work with a lot of families who attend schools on shift systems who attend classes massively overwhelmed with kids, maybe like 50 kids per class. 

We support girls who are living in really tricky situations: financial situations, social situations to achieve better opportunities through scholarships.”  

Fatima and Amal are two girls from the program who won academic scholarships to attend boarding school in the UK based on academic achievements in Jordan.  

Fatima wants to be a psychologist and Amal wants to be a translator 


“Always try to your hardest, give your all and never give-up.”- Amal, Squash Dreamers participant  


Squash Dreamers address the educational barriers many girls and refugees face in Jordan, providing a brighter future for their participants. 

“These girls know that what they want to do in the future, and they’re ready to give all of their effort to make sure happens by studying hard, working hard, because they believe in themselves and they see what they’re able to achieve”