With just 100 days until the Springfield Scottish Squash Open 2023 gets underway in Inverness, plans are being made to ensure the event leaves a lasting legacy in the city.
Children from the Inverness High School and Inverness Royal Academy clusters will take part in training sessions at Inverness Tennis and Squash Club in the lead-up to the competition.
Participants will have the opportunity to get on court to take part in the ‘Springfield Scottish Squash Open Festival’ during the early rounds of the event.
The Highland capital is set to welcome some of the world’s best squash players, including some of Scotland’s top stars, from Wednesday 20th September to Sunday 24th September.
Local favourite, Alasdair Prott will hope to continue the fine form which has taken him to his highest ever-world ranking in front of fans in his home city.
The competition, making its return to the city after unprecedented success in 2021, is Scotland’s flagship professional squash competition.
Players will compete for their share of a $24,000 prize fund over the course of five-days of fast-paced squash action.
Ailsa Polworth, Club Manager at Inverness Tennis and Squash Club said: “We’re excited to be welcoming so many top-class squash players to the club, and we have plans in place to capitalise on hosting such a high-profile squash event.
“We’re getting schools involved and targeting children that might be interested in the sport to get them into the club in the build-up to the event, get them on court during it, with a clear plan to follow up afterwards.
“We will be able to say to the children that take part that the end of the competition isn’t the end of their involvement with squash, with a programme to keep them involved with the sport and part of the club.”
Allan McKay, Director of Development of Scottish Squash said: “The Springfield Scottish Squash Open gives us a great opportunity to grow the sport by encouraging more young players to get on court and give squash a go.
“The Springfield Scottish Squash Open Festival which will run alongside the early rounds of the main competition will give the squash players of tomorrow the chance to have fun on court, and be inspired by some of the world’s top squash players.
“With 100 days until the event gets underway, we are looking forward to returning to Inverness for what promises to be a brilliant week of world-class squash.”
Tickets for the 2023 Springfield Scottish Squash Open are on sale now, with prices starting from just £10 plus fees.
Under 19s can attend the Wednesday session for free, with no advance purchase required.
To purchase tickets visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/533804663117.