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BounceBack events: kick-starting competitive squash in Scotland

Scottish Squash are delighted to launch an innovative new level of sanctioned competition aimed at kick-starting squash in Scotland.

In line with current Scottish Government tier-level Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance we’re pleased to announce our BounceBack competition structure which gives clubs a great opportunity to start re-introducing competitive squash – depending on their COVID protection tier.

BounceBack has been specifically developed for a time when, as a society, we continue to progress through a pandemic and deal with its ever-changing demands.

The creative nature of BounceBack ensures events can start to be established as early as possible and to reduce costs Scottish Squash will receive no levy for this level of sanctioned competition.

The governing body will work closely to support event organisers in delivering a safe, fun environment for competition and to understand current Scottish Government guidance.

Given the varying tiers that Scotland’s 32 local authorities have been placed into, BounceBack events will initially focus on returning junior players to competitive action with the aim to expand these to adult players when protection levels allow.

Allan McKay, Head of Competitions at Scottish Squash, said: “We’re extremely excited to announce the start of a phased return to competitive squash with our BounceBack events focusing on fun and enjoyment rather than international selection or ranking points.

“Squash players of all ages across Scotland have been really patient and understanding since competitions were suspended back in March and it’s encouraging to already see support for organisers wishing to get competitions up and running again.

“The safety of the squash community and wider society always come first and whilst we can’t quite deliver competitions and events in the usual way, we hope BounceBack can act as a positive springboard towards that eventuality and put smiles back on players’ faces.

“Guidance to support BounceBack event organisers is now available within our COVID-guidance but I’d encourage any organisers interested in delivering competition to get in touch with me in the first instance.”

He added: “We continue to work with sportscotland and the Scottish Government to support a full return of competitive squash when safe to do so and to re-start our national competitions pathway.

“We’ll be updating specifically on the official 2020/21 season before the end of 2020.

“In the meantime our team continue to develop plans for two major events in Scotland next year – the 2021 European Masters Championships and the 2021 Springfield Scottish Squash Open – scheduled for the summer in Edinburgh and Inverness respectively.”

More information on the BounceBack sanctioned-events can also be found on our Competitions page, here.

You can contact Allan McKay, Head of Competitions at Scottish Squash,  via email, Allan.McKay@scottishsquash.org