Introducing our new Content and Communications Manager
The European Squash Federation is delighted to appoint Mike Dale as our Content and Communications Manager.
Mike will be working for us two days per week to raise the profile of the ESF tournament circuits and our work to develop the sport - including our new working group, the Squash Facilities Network.
A lifelong squash player and experienced sports journalist, Mike is originally from Salisbury in south-west England but has lived in Leeds, Yorkshire for over 20 years. He also writes for Squash Player magazine and SquashMad.com and was Squash Specialist for the media team at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. He is also currently editor of ThePadelPaper.com and is Content and Communications Manager for the UK charity Panathlon.
Mike will be working with our Social Media Officer, Laura Valencia, to create and promote content that brings ESF tournaments to life on our website and social media. He will be telling great stories about the people who make them happen - tournament organisers, venue managers, coaches, referees and most importantly, the players!
ESF President Thomas Troedsson commented: "One of the outcomes of our ESF Think Tank in January was that we needed to be more visible and promote the positive impact of our work. Mike's appointment will help us achieve that objective and we welcome him to the Federation."
ESF Vice-President Luis Ferreira added: "These are excting times for squash as we begin preparations for squash's Olympic debut at LA 2028. We felt it was crucial to fast forward and invest more in building squash's profile. Across Europe, there are so many positive stories to tell, good practice to share and great events to promote."
To begin with, Mike will need ideas from across ESF Member Nations: who would be interesting for him to speak to in order to promote your event? Do you know a player with an interesting back-story to tell? Maybe their coach or parents? What's fascinating about the venue or the event? What would the squash public like to read about? What are the intriguing story angles they would engage with?
All you need to do is send us names and contacts, he will do the rest!
Also, after tournaments, we need clear, hi-res photos of winners. If you're too busy organising the event, maybe delegate the job to someone else? But in order to bring more 'colour' to our coverage of events, we need those Sunday afternoon trophy photos!
Please send all story ideas and photo/video content to firstname.lastname@example.org - or tag European Squash Federation on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and X (formerly Twitter).
We don't want to add to your workload during the busy time of organising a tournament, but with minimal input from you, we can raise awareness of our amazing athletes and events and help lift squash's profile across Europe and beyond.