The Squash Facilities Network operates on a set of core principles that serve as the foundation for all our posts and discussions. To fully grasp our approach and perspective, understanding these key principles is crucial.
There are Five Categories of Facilities
Commercial-Oriented Facilities, which focus on profit; Non-Profit Squash Facilities, which serve community or educational purposes; Member Squash Facilities, known for exclusivity and community-building; Educational Institutions like university and schools, aimed at training elite players; and Facilities with Squash as an Add-On, where squash courts supplement a primary service like a hotel.
Strong Relationship between Number of Courts and Players
The number of squash courts is directly proportional to the growth of the game. The introduction of each new court attracts approximately 70 new players, while the closure of any court contributes to a decrease in player engagement.
The Financial Substainability of Facilities is essential
Participating in squash requires a significant financial investment for facility construction, maintenance and operational costs. Therefore, the financial substainability is of utmost importance even for a non-profit facility.
A Robust Business Strategy is the Key for Success
The era of simply building courts has passed. Today, squash finds itself in constant competition with other recreational activities, making a robust and competitive business strategy, grounded in the sport's values and the local influences, a necessity.
Coaches should be Squash Development Managers
Coaches should extend their role beyond training players. They should also be skilled in devising successful facility strategies, attracting new players, and organising events.
Facility Design is more than just Squash Courts
A successful squash facility is more than just maximising the number of courts within a given space. It also entails intelligent design that aligns with its business model, whether it be a for-profit, non-profit or elite player facility.