The Professional Squash Association Foundation (PSAF) have announced a partnership with England Squash and Rackets Cubed that will see the three organisations work together to enhance grassroots participation in squash throughout the United Kingdom.

A UK registered charity, Rackets Cubed provides after-school enrichment programmes for disadvantaged inner-city children at the Roehampton Club in South West London. Founded in 2016, Rackets Cubed seeks to provide inner city children with significant extra-curricular support through an integrated sports, educational and nutrition programme with their vision driven by increasing evidence that active and healthy children behave and perform better in school.

The partnership between the PSAF, England Squash and Rackets Cubed will aim to engage with a broad range of young people to get them active within the sport, whilst jointly promoting the game within the wider squash community. All three parties will also work together to help tackle social issues and support the health and educational needs of disadvantaged young people involved in the sport.

“We are delighted to partner with England Squash and Rackets Cubed and hope that this will help grow more awareness of the positive impact that these projects do and go beyond the squash community, said PSA Marketing and Foundation Manager Adriana Olaya.

“Squash can bring great benefits to the physical and mental well-being of young people in terms of self-esteem and confidence and can be played all year around. We believe that by aligning the national governing body, the professional players’ association and a specifically focused sport based charity, like Rackets Cubed, we can have a tangible impact on the community and share the benefits of squash with a bigger audience.”

“Over time we hope to create a core group of ‘Partnership Hubs’ that can act as regional centres to drive this activity around the UK and see this as a long-term project that will continue to grow and benefit over time.”

Former World No.3 Alison Waters, patron of Rackets Cubed, said: “I recently moved to be based at the Roehampton Club and the people working there have done an amazing job with the Rackets Cubed project so far.

“It's fantastic to see the impact and difference this programme has had on children in the local area so far and I'm really excited to see how the project continues to grow moving forward.”

England Squash CEO, Keir Worth, added: “We are thrilled to partner with the Professional Squash Association Foundation and Rackets Cubed, and create meaningful opportunities for young people to pick up a racket.”