The Professional Squash Association (PSA) are encouraging every club to open their doors and support World Squash Day – which takes place on Saturday October 14.

The annual event aims to promote the game and encourages clubs and federations alike to open their doors and organise activities to attract new players to the sport.

Squash is rated one of the healthiest sports in the world and is also a sport for life, with competitions starting at under-11 level and continuing through all the age groups to Masters events for players aged 80 and above – something which World Squash Day founder, Alan Thatcher, is keen to promote.

“At a time when many governments are spending a fortune on treating the effects of childhood obesity and a lack of physical activity among middle-aged people, squash can provide the ideal solution,” said Thatcher.

“Squash burns around 900 calories per hour and the health benefits can last a lifetime for those who continue playing into their 40s, 50s and 60s.

“We have a thriving Masters scene in squash and former World Champions like Australia’s Sarah Fitz-Gerald continue to blaze a trail through the age-group competitions.

“Looking at the PSA World Tour, all of the players are remarkable athletes who produce truly dynamic entertainment at the highest level. We are very fortunate to have such outstanding role models in the game.”

Thatcher, who is also Chairman of the Mote Squash Club in Maidstone, continued: “We have a busy programme of events on World Squash Day at The Mote. We will be holding special events for juniors and free coaching to attract female players to the sport before our annual Champagne Doubles competition."

Many clubs around the world are supporting World Squash Day by hosting events to support their charity partners, some of whom are linked to the PSA Foundation.

Professional Squash Association Chief Executive, Alex Gough added: “The PSA is committed to growing squash at every level and World Squash Day is a great way for clubs to engage and increase participation all over the world.

“Without exception, all of the world’s top players became involved in squash by playing at their local club. For all of our PSA members, that’s where the journey always starts, and that’s why we are delighted to support long-standing initiatives like World Squash Day, which does a great job to promote the sport across the globe.”