Squash spectacle headed for New Street station ahead of Birmingham Commonwealth Games
England Squash, as part of the Squash United by Birmingham 2022 project, is thrilled to announce that an all-glass squash show-court is to be constructed inside Birmingham’s New Street train station this spring.
The court will be in the station’s main concourse, which sees a daily footfall of 170,000 people between 4-9 April 2022 and will play a major role in the lasting legacy of squash at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
All funds raised during the week’s activities - which will include junior and community engagement programmes, exhibitions and an opportunity to meet professional players - will go towards community initiatives around Birmingham.
The construction of the court and the week of activities planned around it represent a key part of the Squash United group’s Commonwealth Games legacy programme. Squash United brings together a number of the sport’s stakeholders - including England Squash, the World Squash Federation (WSF), Rackets Cubed, Off the Wall Squash, the PSA Foundation, and passionate squash fans in the West Midlands - to ensure that the benefits of the games are felt as widely as possible.
Roadshows, mini-courts, and health and wellbeing initiatives are projected to directly introduce the game to 50,000 children by summer 2023, while facilities put in place for Birmingham 2022 will ensure that squash is more accessible than ever after the Commonwealth Games.
To conclude the week’s action, an exciting spectacle will be provided at New Street, as professional squash players from all over the world head to Birmingham. On 8 and 9 April, the court will host the semi-finals and finals of the University of Birmingham Open - a professional tournament on the PSA Challenger Tour.