7 matches at 7 clubs in 7 hours
to raise the profile of squash on World Squash Day, the day when squash fans and players unite globally to celebrate the sport and demonstrate what a great game it is. At the same time, to raise some money for a great cause supporting the lives of people suffering from a debilitating heart condition.
In 2013, Peter Nicol (former world no. 1 and founder of Squashskills.com
) and Tim Garner (former world no. 26 and co-owner of Eventis Sports Marketing
) undertook the '7 Continent Challenge
' as part of squash's Back the Bid 2020 campaign for Olympic inclusion. This involved them in an incredible feat of playing 7 squash matches in 7 different continents of the globe over just 7 consecutive days, in which they were ultimately successful. Whilst our ‘7 Clubs Challenge’ is no where near of the same magnitude, we only have one day to complete it and it will still represent a real challenge, but one we are confident of meeting.
The Challenge, venues and route:
We have lined up 7 great Clubs/venues to play our matches, all of whom have teams competing in the Central Midlands League, in which Lichfield Squash Club also competes. These are:
Burton Manor Sports Association Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club
Bert Williams Leisure Centre Four Oaks Squash Club
Oak Park Leisure Centre Burntwood Leisure Centre
Lichfield Squash Club
At each, we will play a best of 3 games match, using the internationally recognised scoring system of PAR (point a rally) to 11. We will certainly have to move quickly if we are to fit all these games in, but promise to not break any speed limits between venues!
is the current Chairman of Lichfield Squash Club and started playing squash to avoid a boring General Studies lesson whilst in the VIth form at King Eddies School. He took a break from the game for 15 years as his kids grew up but is now a self-confessed ‘squashaholic’.
is currently a member of Lichfield Squash Club. He started playing squash at the age of sixteen after being challenged by a tennis coach to a three racket competition. He lost the tennis match, won the badminton match, which at the time was his chosen sport, and then won the decider, squash, which he then became hooked on.
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association provides support, understanding and information for people affected by pulmonary hypertension, which should not to be confused with general hypertension. PH is a serious condition where the blood pressure in the arteries leading from the heart to the lungs (the pulmonary arteries) is raised, meaning that the heart and lungs have to work harder, causing progressive damage. It can be a very debilitative condition, causing severe breathlessness and also can be fatal. James’ father died of the condition in 2004 and at present his mother is currently suffering from the condition. For more information click the logo above to go to their website.
A huge thank you to the following supporting businesses and organisations, both from the squash and non-squash world, without whom we could not have organised this challenge:
The 7 Clubs
in the Central Squash League
305 provide customised on and off court clothing, including for many senior pro players on the world tours, world-class juniors and club/university teams, and are providing us with bespoke shirts for the Challenge. A special 7 Clubs Challenge 10% discount is available from now until the end of the Challenge for any online sales using the discount code 7Clubs305 at www.305squash.com
Blade Squash UK are one of the newest entrants onto the squash racket market in the UK and are providing us with 2 models from their range for us to use during the challenge - the Ninja and Samurai. 15% off their range is available from now until the end of the Challenge using the discount code 7ClubsBlade and the company will also donate 15% of all sales thus generated to the charity. Check out the full range at www.bladesquashuk.com
Rubber Duck Media is based in Lichfield and provides motion graphics, photography and video services to businesses and individuals. Rubber Duck will be assisting with social media and will also serve as the official Challenge photographer. www.rubberduckmedia.co.uk
Squash reporting and analysis from the front line: Squashmad.com
is the number one resource for exclusive interviews, breaking news and hard-hitting opinions! We are grateful to Squashmad.com for their forthcoming coverage of the Challenge.
How you can help:
Firstly, please donate online on our Justgiving page
If you prefer to donate 'the traditional way', contact James or Mark as they both have a sponsorship form. A sponsorship form will also be placed at some of the venues on notice boards.
Also you can come and support us on the day by watching a match (or two, or three ...) at any of the venues.
Finally, don’t forget to follow our progress on social media in the run up to and during the event itself. Please like / share / retweet etc posts to help us to spread the word.
For more information about the challenge:
Drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call / text 07816 620504.