In an exhilarating moment for the world of squash, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made a historic announcement: squash has officially been selected for inclusion in the LA28 Olympic Games sports programme. This decision marks a monumental victory for squash enthusiasts worldwide, as the sport finally finds its well-deserved place on the grandest sporting stage of all – the Olympics.
For many dedicated players, supporters, and clubs like the Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club (WLTSC), this news resonates as a triumph long overdue. Squash, a sport known for its agility, strategy, and unwavering passion, has fought for inclusion for years. Now, after a decade of campaigning and lobbying, squash has rightfully claimed its spot in the Olympic Games. Squash’s world-class athletes will have the opportunity to compete in two medal events – the men’s and women’s singles competitions.
At WLTSC, where squash is thriving, this decision has been met with overwhelming joy and enthusiasm. The club and its members warmly welcome the IOC’s choice, recognising it as a significant milestone not only for the sport but also for the entire squash community.
WLTSC’s Head of Squash and Racketball, Mike Harris acknowledges the profound impact this decision will have on squash’s future, “It’s difficult to put into words how amazing this is for the millions of squash lovers all over the world! It’s a major turning point in our sport’s history, promising to elevate squash’s profile significantly in the long run and help the sport we all love. With squash in the Olympic Games, the sport is set to reach new heights, inspiring generations of players and fans alike. Thank you to everyone involved who helped make this happen.”
With its six squash courts and hundreds of members, WLTSC invites players of all ages and abilities to participate. WLTSC prides itself on its inclusivity, organising a range of activities, leagues, and matches for senior and junior players, extending a warm invitation to new members who share a passion for squash or a willingness to try it out.
Mike adds, “As we look forward to the LA28 Olympic Games, the squash community stands united in celebration. This historic inclusion not only honours the sport’s legacy but also paves the way for a future where squash continues to inspire and captivate, both within and beyond the Olympic arena.”
WLSTC run weekly classes for adults and juniors who are keen to try squash for the first time and/or re-acquaint their love for the sport. There are classes at 7pm every Monday for adults and 9am and 10am every Saturday for juniors. See https://www.wltsc.com/squash-racketball/ for more information.
Join us for Court Fit, a 45-minute class aimed at improving your general fitness for everyday health and wellbeing. This is suitable for those who have never tried a circuit class before and those who have. The class will focus primarily of exercises with some racket skills to add to the fun!
Members & Non-members welcome!
Members use MyCourts
Non-Members sign up on ClubSpark.
Spooktacular Success at the Halloween Junior Squash Tournament!
The eerie echoes of excitement reverberated through the Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club (WLTSC) as the Spooktacular Halloween Junior Squash Tournament took place, sponsored by The Platform Café, Wombourne. Over 30 children participated in three categories tailored to their age groups.
The spirited tournament was organised by Head Squash coach, Mike Harris who has been running the successful junior programme at the club. Assisted by the creative flair of Kate Corey, who masterfully adorned the courts with bewitching decorations, the venue was transformed into a Halloween wonderland. From spooky balloons to grinning pumpkins, the atmosphere was thrilling and spooky!
The young participants had lots of fun showcasing their skills on the squash court and engaging in tightly fought matches that parents and spectators enjoyed watching. The courts, bedecked with decorations, provided a perfect backdrop for the competition.
Every child who participated was recognised for their efforts and received a well-deserved certificate. And what’s a Halloween event without treats? Every child also left with a cone of Halloween-themed sweets as a reward for their hard work!
The champions of the day were our category winners. In the Orange Ball category, Jacob Dehar emerged victorious; Brenden Wilbrey triumphed in the Red Dot Ball category, and Amar Sidhu conquered the Single Yellow Dot category, all showcasing impressive squash skills and determination. In addition to their certificate and sweets, the winners also received a pumpkin.
The festivities also included Halloween-themed cakes (provided by the talented bakers at The Platform Café) face painting and tattoos, adding an extra layer of excitement to the event.
Mike Harris commented, “The Halloween Junior Squash Tournament has been an amazing success – a morning filled with laughter, camaraderie, and unforgettable moments. I’m so proud of all the children who competed so well and battled hard in their games. They’ve all come on so well at our junior sessions and it’s been a wonderful celebration of squash, sportsmanship, and the spirit of Halloween. Here’s to many more Spooktacular events in the future!”
For more information on the Squash junior sessions at WLTSC (open to members and non-members), please click here https://www.wltsc.com/junior-squash/ or contact Mike Harris email@example.com.
Kate Fuller & the Squash Junior team.