World Squash Day News
Team Laura vs Team Nick:
Massaro and Matthew set for world’s biggest squash showdown
England greats Laura Massaro and Nick Matthew will go head-to-head in
the world’s biggest team squash contest, set to launch on World Squash
Day (10th October) as players from around the globe are invited to pick
sides and do battle.
The England Squash initiative, supported by SquashLevels, has been
created to re-engage all players, whatever their age or ability, to join
in on some competitive action and support their club during the COVID-19
England’s finest players, including Commonwealth Games medallists, James
Willstrop and Sarah-Jane Perry form part of the star-studded Team Laura
vs Team Nick line-up.
Whether playing full court as part of a squash bubble or playing sides,
players will be able to record match scores on the SquashLevels website
where they can choose to be part of Team Laura or Team Nick. The team
with the most victories at the end of the month-long contest wins.
England Squash are encouraging all clubs and venues to use the contest
as an opportunity to re-engage those players who haven’t stepped back on
court. With prizes for the most active club/venue and county, England
Squash will provide resources and downloads to support club activity.
Former world no.1 Laura Massaro said: “I’m really excited to be leading
this contest alongside Nick to inspire people back on court. I can’t
wait to dust off my racket and take on my husband Danny as part of the
competition. Join my team and let’s bring down Nick! Enjoy the squash
and stay safe.”
Three-time world champion Nick Matthew said: “Competitive squash has
obviously been lacking in recent months and it’s great to see this
initiative from England Squash to rally people back on court. The beauty
of it is that no matter what your age, gender or ability, you can play
within your squash bubble and contribute to the overall score.
“Laura and I are two of the most competitive people you will ever meet
and both of us will want to win. Starting on World Squash Day, get on
court and record your match. Your score counts!”
Keir Worth, England CEO said: “We are thrilled to team up with
SquashLevels to launch this exciting contest led by our two ambassadors,
Laura and Nick.
“Over the last six months, our team have been busy working behind the
scenes to guide clubs and venues safely in the return to play. This
contest is a fantastic opportunity for clubs and venues to re-engage
players who are looking to get back on court for some competitive fun.”
Richard Bickers, SquashLevels Founder said: “We're very excited to be
part of this wonderful initiative to get players back playing. The
squash community has had a particularly difficult 2020 and we're looking
forward to seeing players return to court and supporting their clubs.
“We've worked hard to improve SquashLevels over the summer period and
we're excited to share these developments with everyone next week as
part of this campaign.”
Anyone looking to get involved in the contest can head to
englandsquash.com/lauravnick to find out more. All England Squash
affiliated clubs and members have free SquashLevels membership as part
of their England Squash benefits package. Anyone without SquashLevels
membership can sign up for a free 30-day trial.