Women’s Squash Week events planned to empower women and girls through squash

A series of events have been planned around the Springfield Scottish Squash Open 2023 to celebrate Women’s Squash Week 2023. 

Scotland’s flagship squash competition will play a key role in empowering and inspiring women and girls through squash. 

The Inverness Red Kites women’s squash group will be joined by professional squash player Alison Thomson at their weekly session by a professional female squash player.  

New Zealand squash pro Kaitlyn Watts will get on court with a group of young female players to play squash, before a questions and answer session to inspire the youngsters. 

With Georgia Adderley leading the field as top seed, hopes for a first Scottish female winner of the Springfield Scottish Squash Open are sure to be high. 

Throughout the competition, a women’s match will take pride of place as the last match at the end of each day’s action. 

As part of Scottish Squash’ new ‘Together for Squash in Scotland’ strategy, a key aim is to increase the number of women and girls playing squash. 

Kirsty Lobban, Scottish Squash Club Development Manager (Women and Girls) said: “The Springfield Scottish Squash Open brings a huge opportunity to inspire all, but particularly junior girls who look up to players who are competing.  

“I am excited that some players have offered to spend time on court with the ITSC junior girls and the Inverness Red Kites during the event.  

“It is set to be a great week and to have the opportunity to align the event with Women’s Squash Week is fantastic.” 

Alison Thomson, ranked 95th in the world said: “I’m absolutely buzzing for the event in Inverness in a couple of weeks time and I’m even more excited to see top female athletes coming together to try and win this prestigious event.  

“It’ll also be great to be getting on court on Tuesday evening to take the Inverness Red Kites session, it’s fantastic to see so many women in Inverness playing the sport.  

“Overall I think it’s going to be a fantastic week of great squash and great atmosphere that we know the Scots can bring – I can’t wait to get started.” 

Lily Craig-Gould, a young squash player at Inverness Tennis and Squash Club who will participate in the sessions said: “This is a great opportunity to get on court with with players who are inspiring and passionate about squash like I am. 

“As a Red Kite, knowing that we are going to get on court with some amazing female squash players is so motivating for the group.” 

Women’s Squash Week is an international campaign that aims to celebrate and raise the profile of women’s squash.