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OUTDOOR SQUASH

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The shapes and sizes of outdoor squash

Outdoor squash is not a one size fits all movement. Outdoor squash symbolises accessibility and opportunity to enjoy the game at a grassroots level and have fun playing a fast paced and social game. Each court may not look the same and will adapt to its environment. See below the adaptations you can see around the world today.

Please Take Our 2 Minute Survey on Outdoor Squash

We want to hear from you about your views and perceptions on squash played outdoors. This survey is open to all populations, all ages and all backgrounds within squash. We want to learn what the wider squash community thinks about the idea to help inform those currently investing time and money into it’s development.

This page is…

  • A thinktank for outdoor squash
  • A source for networking with experienced individuals behind the movement of outdoor squash
  • A place for people to join the outdoor court movement and get involved

The goal of the PSA Foundation and this page is to be a source of knowledge and inspiration, highlighting all the different projects related to outdoor and mini squash in different parts of the world. We are looking to connect with those considering an outdoor squash project of their own and the supporters of the movement to make outdoor squash a reality. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a sharp rise in interest for outdoor squash courts, after a difficult period of restrictions on indoor sports. Squash is internationally known as an indoor sport. Yet, fundamentally there is little reason for it not being played outside as well. Squash is the only racket sport to have not yet taken the game to the outdoors at community level. A wide number of benefits come with taking squash courts outside, such as improved visibility, accessibility and awareness for the sport. There is no singular model that represents outdoor squash. The movement for outdoor squash seeks to break away from a court needing to abide by 1 set of dimensions. It seeks to introduce flexibility on what makes a squash court to increase opportunity to play and get involved. 

This is why at the PSA Foundation we have introduced the use of mini courts, Project Beacon and the Outdoor Squash Committee to make strides towards improving and growing the outdoor squash landscape.

Source: https://outdoorindustry.org/resource/2022-outdoor-participation-trends-report/

The above table suggests a long-term trend of increased participation levels in outdoor recreation, beyond the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Further findings suggested that the idea of being physically active outdoors is the leading motivator for outdoor recreation participation. 75% of males and 80% of females indicating this. Entering natural environments, visiting parks and being around nature being the favourite aspects of outdoor recreation. The report also found a disparity in opportunities for outdoor recreation participation by ethnicity for younger populations. In the US, children aged 6-17 years who are white have the highest participation levels of nearly 70%, compared with nearly 47% for African American/black persons. The most visited outdoor venues visited were neighbourhood parks, followed by city parks and then playgrounds. Additionally, despite the increase in overall participation, the percentage of core or regular participants is declining, with the increase in participation being with moderate or casual frequency participants. See linked report above for exact figures. 

Current Adaptations Around The World:

The Different Types and Adaptations of Outdoor Squash:

ASB has a proven track record when it comes to glass courts, producing the Show Glass Court used on the PSA World Tour, hosting the best players around the globe. Working for a variety of private clients world wide, ASB understand how to innovate and create bespoke products of court.

Among the very first of outdoor courts, the Public Squash court in New York City’s Hamilton Fish Park was opened in April 2018 and built by ASB. The court produced was a high spec design that played as well as any indoor court. Very few, if any, publicly accessible squash courts like it existed at the time. This court was a significant first step for the outdoor court movement. Find out more about the ASB Community Squash Court here: https://asbsquash.com/products/squash-court-asb-communitysquashcourt/

ASB outdoor Squash court in TenerifeASB outdoor squash court in New York

TPoint Squash Courts

Modular squash courts that combine with in advancements technology. These courts offer eye catching LED light patterns around the court that are customisable using the inbuilt control pad. From there you can also control the court’s air conditioning, speakers, camera for live streaming, electronic shade, timer display functions, visible score panel and more! The TPoint squash courts offers you true premium quality facilities on the spectrum of outdoor courts.

Find out more about TPoint courts here: https://asbsquash.com/products/squash-court-tpoint/

ASB TPoint outdoor squash court

ASB outdoor squash courts Israel

A court that caters to multiple different sports is a facility that offers better value for money for any organisation. Such a court also better guarantees the sustainability of that space. It can be natural for participation levels to dip and rise over time for different sports in different locations. If a squash court is used for multiple sports going through their own lifecycles of participation, between those different sports there would be sufficient demand for that space over time to reduce the risk of losing that facility or it falling into disrepair. 

Here, ASB shows you some innovative ways that a squash court can be adapted to cater to multiple different sports. Such a facility also becomes a lot more affordable if the cost is spread across multiple sports & organisations. While these illustrations aren’t of an outdoor court, you can see squash, walleyball, soccer, basketball and table tennis on offer here. Find out more about the ASB MultiSport Court here: https://asbsquash.com/products/squash-court-asb-multisportcourt/

multi purpose sport squash courtASB multi sport squash court

Squash Plus’s lower-cost court with a steel and polycarbonate canopy which provides enough protection to ensure use in a variety of climates and weather conditions. The court benefits from natural light throughout the day, then makes use of LED lights during the night. The court uses a weather proof non-slip glass floor, the whole build offering low construction costs due to the rise in price for alternatives such as brick and mortar. They are continually refining the specification trialling numerous materials at our R&D court in Spain.

A flexible design, the court can be a temporary fixture, relocated or leased to different sites. It can also fit into modular configurations of multiple courts to create social community orientated spaces. Find out more about the Squash Plus court on their website here: https://www.squashplus.us/

Squash Plus outdoor squash court Squash plus outdoor court

Short Wall Squash

A very simple design, made entirely out of concrete, 4 courts back to back to minimise cost and maximise space.  A common barrier to courts in public spaces is the risk of a hidden space being used for anti-social behaviour.  In this instance, the side and back walls are only 1.2 metres high. Research suggested that few balls hit above this height on the side and back walls and so was a worthy sacrifice for allowing constant coaching and surveillance of inside the court. For younger ages and beginners, the lower side walls are even less of an issue.

Squash Para Todos are a registered charity from El Salvador that seek to use the vehicles of squash and education to improve quality of life for local underserved children. These 4 courts are used as the entry point for an introduction to squash. After a year or two as the more committed and talented juniors emerge, they are graduated to the Squash Para Todos indoor facility and ASB made courts. Find out more about them here: http://www.squashparatodos.org/growing-backwards/

Squash Para Todos outdoor court Squash Para Todos short wall squash

A regulation-size singles squash court with three seamless steel walls, a glass back wall, and a wood panel floor suspended on a steel framework, set in an industrial company backyard.
The Maspeth Squash court is the first and only outdoor, open-air steel-walled squash court anywhere, ever. The “steel court” or “the field of dreams in Queens” is a tourist destination for squash players from around the world and is the only court used for the $21K Intsel Steel Pro Invitational Tournament. The Maspeth Squash court recently won Metal Architecture’s 2022 Design Award for “Smooth Metal Wall Panels.” It is well-regarded as “functional art” with a great playing experience.

This outdoor squash court was conceived in 2019 and opened for play in June 2020. It was originally created as an art project that Jeff Anschlowar, President of Maspeth Welding, and Robert Gibralter, co-creator, could play on themselves. From their very first strokes, Jeff and Robert knew the court’s performance and experience were proof of concept: that steel-walled courts have the potential to help transform squash from an indoors-only, exclusive sport into an accessible outdoor inclusive sport.

Maspeth Squash was created to develop beautiful outdoor courts never before imagined. Now Jeff and Robert, together with Sari Chang of Jacobschang Architecture, provide strategic and creative thinking for siting courts, produce schematics that inspire and galvanize support, and integrate with local resources to build sustainable outdoor squash courts. Maspeth Squash/Jacobschang is the team working on The PSA Foundation’s Beacon Project.

Find out more here: MaspethSquash.com

New York outdoor steel squash court Maspeth squash outdoor court

PSA Foundation Pilot Initiative in Chicago

Inspired by the steel court in NYC (truesquash.com) our idea evolved into funding the development and management of two outdoor Corten steel courts in Maggie Daley Park along Chicago’s downtown lakefront, subject to the input and approval of the Chicago Park District. These would be unique because the side walls and the front wall would display rotating art exhibits supplied by the School of the Art Institute, After School Matters, MetroSquash and other groups, adding to the Park District’s Artwork and Monuments initiative. This is “Project Beacon”; an inspiration for more outdoor court projects all over the world. Find out more here: https://psafoundation.com/beacon/

Chicago outdoor squash court Project Beacon outdoor squash court Chicgao

Since the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a spike in adaptations for mini squash courts. While it would be great to see full sized outdoor squash courts in public spaces world wide, this represents a much more affordable and accessible means of participation, especially for younger age groups. These can be made out of a variety of materials and have taken many forms so far:

Perspex Mini Squash Court by Melior Sports

Melior sports mini court Birmingham

New to 2021 and made of a Perspex material, these courts were launched at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games roadshow events, showcasing all the sports involved throughout the Midlands communities, England. They are great for catching the eye of passer-by’s and very easy to play on with the right junior ball and racket. Find out more about these courts here: https://www.meliorsports.com/mini-courts 


Independent Adaptations

Outdoor mini courts in Iran

Mini squash courts represent the entry level facility for the sport. Any successful mass-participation sport has accessible and affordable entry points to play. In football it’s a cheap ball and ‘jumpers for goalposts’. In baseball its 2 people with a bat and ball. In England there are 1,946 free to use public tennis courts. In the vast majority of communities the entry point for squash resides in high spec facilities on a court with perfect dimensions and high booking fees. The current infrastructure for squash leaves the game significantly disadvantaged at capturing new faces who could much more easily try other sports.  


Inflatable Squash Court

All the benefit of portability, with the added benefit of being able to pack it away and transport it in an estate car / station wagon sized vehicle. The inflatable court offers another means of taking squash to local communities, promoting the sport and signposting passer-by’s to where their nearest courts are. A useful sports development and marketing tool for clubs and federations. Find out more about the ASB Inflatable SquashCourt here: https://asbsquash.com/products/inflatable-squashcourt/

In theme with the mini squash courts, these types of adaptations of available spaces are great at improving the accessibility and opportunities to make that first leap into squash. Mass participation sports at a grass roots level can easily make use of multi-purpose facilities and spaces. The more squash can blend and work other sports, the more accessible and integrated it becomes alongside other mainstream sports. 

In badminton you can cheaply buy a pop-up outdoor net to stick in the ground, table tennis has nets that attach to dining tables and official playing tables are relatively affordable, and public tennis courts can frequently be seen in parks. These are all great entry levels to their respective sports, so what is the point of entry for grass roots squash?

Outdoor squash court El Salvador Adapted squash court in school playground UK

The Different Types and Adaptations of Outdoor Squash:

ASB has a proven track record when it comes to glass courts, producing the Show Glass Court used on the PSA World Tour, hosting the best players around the globe. Working for a variety of private clients world wide, ASB understand how to innovate and create bespoke products of court.

Among the very first of outdoor courts, the Public Squash court in New York City’s Hamilton Fish Park was opened in April 2018 and built by ASB. The court produced was a high spec design that played as well as any indoor court. Very few, if any, publicly accessible squash courts like it existed at the time. This court was a significant first step for the outdoor court movement. Find out more about the ASB Community Squash Court here: https://asbsquash.com/products/squash-court-asb-communitysquashcourt/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TPoint Squash Courts

Modular squash courts that combine with in advancements technology. These courts offer eye catching LED light patterns around the court that are customisable using the inbuilt control pad. From there you can also control the court’s air conditioning, speakers, camera for live streaming, electronic shade, timer display functions, visible score panel and more! The TPoint squash courts offers you true premium quality facilities on the spectrum of outdoor courts.

Find out more about TPoint courts here: https://asbsquash.com/products/squash-court-tpoint/

A court that caters to multiple different sports is a facility that offers better value for money for any organisation. Such a court also better guarantees the sustainability of that space. It can be natural for participation levels to dip and rise over time for different sports in different locations. If a squash court is used for multiple sports going through their own lifecycles of participation, between those different sports there would be sufficient demand for that space over time to reduce the risk of losing that facility or it falling into disrepair. 

Here, ASB shows you some innovative ways that a squash court can be adapted to cater to multiple different sports. Such a facility also becomes a lot more affordable if the cost is spread across multiple sports & organisations. While these illustrations aren’t of an outdoor court, you can see squash, walleyball, soccer, basketball and table tennis on offer here. Find out more about the ASB MultiSport Court here: https://asbsquash.com/products/squash-court-asb-multisportcourt/

Squash Plus’s lower-cost court with a steel and polycarbonate canopy which provides enough protection to ensure use in a variety of climates and weather conditions. The court benefits from natural light throughout the day, then makes use of LED lights during the night. The court uses a weather proof non-slip glass floor, the whole build offering low construction costs due to the rise in price for alternatives such as brick and mortar. They are continually refining the specification trialling numerous materials at our R&D court in Spain.

A flexible design, the court can be a temporary fixture, relocated or leased to different sites. It can also fit into modular configurations of multiple courts to create social community orientated spaces. Find out more about the Squash Plus court on their website here: https://www.squashplus.us/

Short Wall Squash

A very simple design, made entirely out of concrete, 4 courts back to back to minimise cost and maximise space.  A common barrier to courts in public spaces is the risk of a hidden space being used for anti-social behaviour.  In this instance, the side and back walls are only 1.2 metres high. Research suggested that few balls hit above this height on the side and back walls and so was a worthy sacrifice for allowing constant coaching and surveillance of inside the court. For younger ages and beginners, the lower side walls are even less of an issue.

Squash Para Todos are a registered charity from El Salvador that seek to use the vehicles of squash and education to improve quality of life for local underserved children. These 4 courts are used as the entry point for an introduction to squash. After a year or two as the more committed and talented juniors emerge, they are graduated to the Squash Para Todos indoor facility and ASB made courts. Find out more about them here: http://www.squashparatodos.org/growing-backwards/

A regulation-size singles squash court with three seamless steel walls, a glass back wall, and a wood panel floor suspended on a steel framework, set in an industrial company backyard.
The Maspeth Squash court is the first and only outdoor, open-air steel-walled squash court anywhere, ever. The “steel court” or “the field of dreams in Queens” is a tourist destination for squash players from around the world and is the only court used for the $21K Intsel Steel Pro Invitational Tournament. The Maspeth Squash court recently won Metal Architecture’s 2022 Design Award for “Smooth Metal Wall Panels.” It is well-regarded as “functional art” with a great playing experience.

This outdoor squash court was conceived in 2019 and opened for play in June 2020. It was originally created as an art project that Jeff Anschlowar, President of Maspeth Welding, and Robert Gibralter, co-creator, could play on themselves. From their very first strokes, Jeff and Robert knew the court’s performance and experience were proof of concept: that steel-walled courts have the potential to help transform squash from an indoors-only, exclusive sport into an accessible outdoor inclusive sport.

Maspeth Squash was created to develop beautiful outdoor courts never before imagined. Now Jeff and Robert, together with Sari Chang of Jacobschang Architecture, provide strategic and creative thinking for siting courts, produce schematics that inspire and galvanize support, and integrate with local resources to build sustainable outdoor squash courts. Maspeth Squash/Jacobschang is the team working on The PSA Foundation’s Beacon Project.

Find out more here: MaspethSquash.com

PSA Foundation Pilot Initiative in Chicago

Inspired by the steel court in NYC (truesquash.com) our idea evolved into funding the development and management of two outdoor Corten steel courts in Maggie Daley Park along Chicago’s downtown lakefront, subject to the input and approval of the Chicago Park District. These would be unique because the side walls and the front wall would display rotating art exhibits supplied by the School of the Art Institute, After School Matters, MetroSquash and other groups, adding to the Park District’s Artwork and Monuments initiative. This is “Project Beacon”; an inspiration for more outdoor court projects all over the world. Find out more here: https://psafoundation.com/beacon/

Since the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a spike in adaptations for mini squash courts. While it would be great to see full sized outdoor squash courts in public spaces world wide, this represents a much more affordable and accessible means of participation, especially for younger age groups. These can be made out of a variety of materials and have taken many forms so far:

Perspex Mini Squash Court by Melior Sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New to 2021 and made of a Perspex material, these courts were launched at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games roadshow events, showcasing all the sports involved throughout the Midlands communities, England. They are great for catching the eye of passer-by’s and very easy to play on with the right junior ball and racket. Find out more about these courts here: https://www.meliorsports.com/mini-courts 


Independent Adaptations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini squash courts represent the entry level facility for the sport. Any successful mass-participation sport has accessible and affordable entry points to play. In football it’s a cheap ball and ‘jumpers for goalposts’. In baseball its 2 people with a bat and ball. In England there are 1,946 free to use public tennis courts. In the vast majority of communities the entry point for squash resides in high spec facilities on a court with perfect dimensions and high booking fees. The current infrastructure for squash leaves the game significantly disadvantaged at capturing new faces who could much more easily try other sports. 


Inflatable Squash Court

Inflatable mini squash court

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the benefit of portability, with the added benefit of being able to pack it away and transport it in an estate car / station wagon sized vehicle. The inflatable court offers another means of taking squash to local communities, promoting the sport and signposting passer-by’s to where their nearest courts are. A useful sports development and marketing tool for clubs and federations. Find out more about the ASB Inflatable SquashCourt here: https://asbsquash.com/products/inflatable-squashcourt/

In theme with the mini squash courts, these types of adaptations of available spaces are great at improving the accessibility and opportunities to make that first leap into squash. Mass participation sports at a grass roots level can easily make use of multi-purpose facilities and spaces. The more squash can blend and work other sports, the more accessible and integrated it becomes alongside other mainstream sports. 

In badminton you can cheaply buy a pop-up outdoor net to stick in the ground, table tennis has nets that attach to dining tables and official playing tables are relatively affordable, and public tennis courts can frequently be seen in parks. These are all great entry levels to their respective sports, so what is the point of entry for grass roots squash?

A Key Learning

A squash facility in a public setting, whether it’s in a local park or school playground is not likely to sustain participation on its own, but coupled with using local clubs and coaches to drive engagement, we can further create a sustainable outdoor squash model to help grow the sport we all love from the grassroots up.

The PSA Foundation Outdoor Court Committee

The PSA Foundation advocates for outdoor squash as a concept that has the potential to vastly improve the accessibility, visibility and inclusivity of the sport. The Committee is formed of a selection of PSA Foundation trustees and other key individuals experienced in outdoor community squash. We believe that by a process of collaboration and communication, we can help facilitate the growth of the outdoor squash movement.

Purpose of the Committee

To improve the accessibility and inclusivity of the sport, by visibly taking squash to the community through the development and growth of outdoor squash.

Mission: To innovate and revitalize the game of squash as open, accessible, and outside

We will do this by:

  • Collaboration
    Creating collaborative efforts to launch pilot courts that will be the initial bedrock of best practice for other communities to replicate across the globe.
  • Networking
    We will facilitate networking for outdoor squash worldwide by passing queries to the relevant expert & creating relevant advocates for outdoor squash
  • Developing Knowledge
    To develop and build a pool of knowledge, experience and relevant skill sets to inform and advise on outdoor squash projects
  • Sharing Best Practice
    To share knowledge, guidance and project success stories publicly to help facilitate more outdoor court creations

Get invovled with the outdoor squash movement

If you would like to reach out to us about any other queries or questions, please contact us at foundation@psaworldtour.com