England Squash receives Sport England funding for five outdoor squash courts

January 25 2024

England Squash has secured a significant boost in its mission to introduce squash to diverse communities in Birmingham, receiving a £75,000 grant from Sport England National Lottery funding. The funds will be utilised to construct state-of-the-art mini courts across five venues in collaboration with Play Innovation. These innovative outdoor courts aim to enhance participation and engagement, capitalising on the legacy of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games by establishing a lasting squash infrastructure within the local community.

The new facilities will be strategically placed in accessible venues, including schools, youth centres, and public parks, eliminating participation barriers for diverse communities. This initiative builds on England Squash's prior work, highlighted by the unveiling of a groundbreaking court at Birmingham’s King Solomon International Business School in 2022, a legacy project in conjunction with Squash United.

England Squash, in collaboration with communities, has spearheaded awareness and interest in squash, deploying portable courts to local facilities, youth clubs, and schools.

The project will unfold in two phases, with site selection for the courts slated for identification in the coming months as part of the initial phase. The endeavour aligns with Sport England Uniting the Movement strategy, focusing on areas in Birmingham with the highest potential to address inequalities and engage with less active individuals.

The National Lottery funding marks a pivotal step in the England Squash mission to cultivate squash participation in diverse communities, contributing to a sustainable and inclusive legacy from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.