The much-awaited addition of squash to the Olympics, combined with an emerging junior scene in Wales, gives Squash Wales every hope of exciting times ahead.
The news that squash has been selected for the Olympic programme at Los Angeles 2028 gives Wales’ top players fresh dreams to achieve, and a wider audience to inspire.
Greater exposure on the global stage should help to spark the interest of young people in particular.
But with the LA Games still five years away, Squash Wales is focused on giving more opportunities for youngsters to take up the game now. And their efforts are paying off, with new junior sections thriving at four clubs across the country – Abergavenny, Old Penarthians, Llanelli and Builth Wells.
Squash Wales’ strategy for growing those junior sections makes interesting reading for other sports who are looking to see how they too might capture the imaginations of young minds.
Squash Wales considered data from the School Sport Survey – run by Sport Wales to show participation levels and latent demand for sports among young people – to identify any potential hotspots, but they also prioritised the importance of getting coaches in place first.