In 2008, New York’s Jessica Green and Emily Stieff started “Women’s Squash Night” as a way for New York Squash to build growth in women’s squash. In 2011, after four successful events in New York, AJ Copeland reached out to Stieff to put a similar event together in Washington, DC. In the fall of 2012, the night turned into a nation-wide celebration—Women’s Squash Week.
In 2018 over fifty participating events engaged more than 500 women of all ages and skill levels for social round robins of singles, doubles, and “queen of the court.” And in 2019, the first-ever Women’s Squash Week: Pop Up Edition took place May 10-19, bringing female squash players together on and off court. More than 150 players organized and took part in twelve events held in seven states and women of all ages and skill levels participated in organized play and social events. The goal is social, not competitive, play to inspire women to get back on court after the summer, reconnect with old friends, and introduce new women players to the sport.
Women’s Squash Week not only brought players out in droves to local events, but it has helped spawn more participation in weekly round robins, league teams, and the development of new teams to participate in the Howe Cup. Women’s squash nights really help to dramatically increase local tournament and league play along with the number of women seen on court at the clubs on a daily basis. They provide a welcoming and social introduction for those beginner players which in turn helps to build a strong community of women’s players.
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2020 Women’s Squash Week Postponed due to COVID-19.
This page will be updated when more information becomes available.
The 2019 Women’s Squash Week will take place September 23-29 to celebrate and promote women’s squash around the world. Individuals, clubs, and programs are encouraged to host an event in their area to get women and girls of all ages to get on court and play. This year’s campaign will focus on five themes that embody Women’s Squash Week and why women enjoy playing squash: empowering, sociable, fun, inclusive, and lifelong.
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Download the Women’s Squash Week logo to use in digital and print promotion.
Here are some ways your program can get its members involved for Women’s Squash Week! Women’s Squash Week Ideas
Win an exhibition with a US Squash Elite Athlete Program member by entering the Women’s Squash Week Photo Contest! Submit a photo that showcases one or multiple themes that embody Women’s Squash Week. Photos should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, Oct 1 at 5pm ET.
Themes, Graphics and Templates
Throughout the week, we will focus on five key themes that embody Women’s Squash Week: EMPOWERING, FUN, SOCIABLE, INCLUSIVE AND LIFELONG. These themes reflect the squash community at all levels and can inspire more women and girls to start their squash journey, or take their squash to another level.
Use suggested images and wording to push the themes on social media channels:
Squash makes you feel stronger physically, mentally and gives you the confidence to achieve your goals. Start your squash journey with us during #WomensSquashWeek <insert link to your website>.