PSA Men’s World Squash Championship – Manchester 2013

As far as dates go on the 2013 squash calendar, March 31 doesn't stand out as a potential red letter day.
 
But looks can be deceiving and March 31 signifies this year's $325,000 (US Dollars) PSA Men's World Championship (October 26-November 3) in Manchester will be officially open for business.
 
Twelve months on from sports daft Manchester receiving host city status for a second time in five years, tickets will go on sale to see the game's greatest players chase a top prize of $60,000.
 
And with squash bosses and supporters lobbying relentlessly until the final vote in September, spectators could be reserving their seats for the newest summer Olympic sport.
 
Certainly, the campaign to give squash the same platform as badminton, table tennis and tennis, is gaining momentum.
 
Sir Clive Woodward, England 's 2003 rugby union World Cup winning coach, knows a good thing when he sees one.
 
And squash's appeal hasn't escaped the British Olympic Association's former Director of Elite Performance: Indeed, he tweeted his approval prior to a recent Six Nations clash: “Watching squash before the rugby- brilliant," he told his 42,000 followers. “They have made this great TV now and certainly to me should be a Olympic sport ."
 
Woodward isn't alone in his admiration for the likes of title holder Ramy Ashour-a Manchester winner in 2008-double world champion Nick Matthew and former world number one James Willstrop.
 
Actor Martin Freeman warmed up for his role as Bilbo Baggins in 'The Hobbit' by playing squash in readiness for perfecting the sword fighting scenes in the hit movie. In fact, Freeman, between the ages of nine and 14, was a member of the British National Junior squad.
 
And organisers can now reveal to Sir Clive, Martin and the wider squash community they don't have to wait until March 31 to snap up tickets-starting from just £10- for the PSA Men's World Championship.
 
As from today (February 15), and to coincide with the British Nationals currently being staged in Manchester, it is possible to sign up for ticket information and all other news about the Championship by visiting the official website www.mensworldchampionship2013.com
 
The tournament, to be staged at the National Squash Centre and Manchester Central, is one of the cornerstones of another memorable sporting year in prospect for Manchester.
 
And it has nothing to do with a local squabble going on for football's Premier League title.
 
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, explains: “Manchester is the home of UK squash and it will be exciting to welcome the World’s best players back to the city. “The Men’s World Championship will be a highlight of Manchester’s enviable 2013 sporting programme - that also includes the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, the Bupa Great Manchester Run and Great CityGames, a pre-season NBA basketball exhibition game and the Rugby League World Cup final.
 
“Manchester has a remarkably strong track record for hosting both national and international sporting events that not only showcase our world-class facilities but helps encourage local residents to become more involved with sport.”
 
Nick Rider, chief executive of England Squash and Racketball, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the 2013 Men’s World Squash Championship in Manchester, a city which hosted a marvellous 2008 World Championships and continues to be a fantastic place for international sport.
 
"The event continues our strong partnership with Manchester City Council and we’re sure that the 2013 Championship will be a resounding success, whilst also creating a lasting legacy to inspire children and adults alike.”
 
Simon Morton is UK Sport's Director of Major Events and International Relations. The PSA Men’s World Championship is part of the Gold Event Series-a £27 million investment of National Lottery funding to help support the bidding and staging of major international sporting events up to 2019.
 
"UK Sport is delighted to have helped win the rights to host these championships as part of our on-going work to bring world class events to this country," he explained.
 
"Our investment and technical support will help ensure that this event benefits from the legacy of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, whilst helping to prepare athletes and support staff for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow."
 
NOTES TO EDITORS
2013 Men’s World Squash Championship: 26th October to 3rd November 2013
This will be the second time Manchester has played host to this event; the first being during the World Sport 2008 series of events that were a legacy from the Commonwealth Games in 2002.
The heat stage of the event will be held at the National Squash Centre, Sport City with the final weekend at Manchester Central. Tickets will go on sale on 31st March 2013.
Manchester continues to strengthen its impressive reputation for attracting major international sports championships. In 2012, the City was named 5th in the Ultimate Sports City List, and No.1 city with a population of under one million. In 2013 Manchester will host several major sports events, including the Men’s World Squash Championship, the Rugby League World Cup Final, NBA Europe Live and the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. These events raise the city's global sporting profile, whilst bringing long-term social and economic benefits to Manchester and its residents. The City's excellent range of accessible sports venues and facilities, combined with its school and community sports development programmes, provide the springboard for Manchester's sporting stars of the future.
Visit www.manchester.gov.uk/sportsevents for more information.
 
England Squash & Racketball is the national governing body, responsible for the development and promotion from grass roots to elite performance. Nearly 500,000 people play squash on a regular basis and ESR promotes squash and racketball with national campaigns around the country, junior development and also leading international tournaments such as the British Junior Open, British Open and PSA World Men’s Championship in 2013. Sport can make lives better for individuals, families and whole communities and through the Squash and Racketball Foundation, there is the chance to play squash and racketball at the heart of their community.
 
UK Sport
UK Sport’s Gold Event Series distributes approximately £5 million of Lottery funding each year to support the bidding and staging costs of major events on home soil, as well as providing specialist support to organisers. Events are supported for their likely performance impact, but also to maximise the wider sporting, social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits.
The Gold Event Series will aim to bring over 70 of the world’s most prestigious sporting events to the UK, including 36 World and European Championships. This ambitious programme will support British athletes’ preparation and qualification for Rio 2016, while generating approximately £287 million of additional expenditure in host cities and regions and bringing over 250,000 overseas visitors to the UK. Events already secured include 2017 World Athletics Championships and 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. More @ www.uksport.gov.uk/events
 
The Professional Squash Association (PSA) promotes the interests of men’s professional squash globally. The PSA’s aim is to advance the game by ensuring that the PSA World Tour is the ultimate showcase of the sport’s pinnacle events. The PSA have over 500 members worldwide and stage more than 120 events across five continents. The PSA’s vision is that squash is recognised as the most athletic, demanding and exciting racket sport in the world.
 
Squash TV is the PSA’s online squash channel broadcasting over 300 live matches in 2011.
 
Watch PSA squash Live on the Internet: www.psasquashtv.com
 
For more information regarding the PSA, please visit: www.psaworldtour.com or follow the PSA on Twitter: www.twitter.com/psaworldtour

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