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Hot on the heels of yet another successful year, the BSPA is delighted to announce that next year’s circuit will be sponsored by & Prince UK.

Now in its sixteenth year the UK Grand Prix will bring squash brand Prince back into a partnership with the British Squash Professionals Association that lasted over 5 years in the late 90s.

The BSPA was formed in 1992 and nurtured by Tony Hands and Chris Walker (two top ten players at the time)- the players were encouraged to join and communication between the English SRA and the elite athletes of the sport was taken to a higher level. 

Since then the Cannons Satellite circuit has become firmly established as a crucial stepping stone for the up and coming youngsters of our country. The players have also raised over £50,000 for Leukemia research, the association's main charity. 

This time their involvement isdriven by former World no.1 & Prince Ambassador Peter Nicol MBE, who has set up his own online brand to sell Prince equipment with the emphasis on customer service & personal relationships. Nicol points out that it is an obvious relationship ‘PeterNicolSquash.comis much more than a one-stop shop for Prince products. We plan to fully support our coaches and players throughout the country, giving them access not only top quality product but also our expertise across all areas, from coaching programmes to marketing ideas. Many of our personnel will be playing in the UK Grand Prix so it made sense for this us to support it as our first foray into sponsorship’.

Bob Johnson, marketing director of Prince UK, added his thoughts ‘We are delighted to be involved again with what has become the backbone of competitive tournament play in the UK. The BSPA has gone from strength to strength and we are excited by the opportunity to take it to the next level through our involvement as sponsor and through the participation of so many of our players’

The circuit currently consists of 10 events across the UK from Aberdeen in the north of Scotland to Lee-on-Solent on the south coast of England. It culminates with the UK Grand Prix Finals, which now seem to have found a prosperous home at Ipswich Sports Club. There are already plans in the pipeline to expand the successful concept and to integrate an Under 23 element to some of the events.

Speaking on behalf of the BSPA, Tim Garner was keen to highlight the benefits of this partnership ‘The BSPA has always tried to look after the interests of the British players from the younger guys starting out on their professional career and looking to ‘cut their teeth’ to more experienced players whose days of travelling the globe might be over but relish the opportunity to compete in the UK and earn money whilst doing so. This tie up will enable us to introduce extra elements that can benefit both sponsors.’

Any clubs interested in hosting events on the 2009 UK Grand Prix should email

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