ESF launches The Squash Facilities Network
The European Squash Federation has launched the Squash Facilities Network to bring together experts and share best practice from across the industry.
The SFN is a key outcome from the ESF Think Tank in Bucharest earlier this year and we are delighted to convert the idea into action.
The mission of Squash Facilities Network is to bring together squash experts, enthusiasts, owners, investors, coaches and visionaries, not only in Europe, but from all around the world.
The objective is to establish a network in order to share best practice, to guide investors and developers in planning new facilities and also to present facts and figures, publishing results of different surveys and research.
The Squash Facilities Network is a working group within the European Squash Federation and will focus on one of the major stakeholders in the squash ecosystem – the venues and their owners.
The approach is based on the belief that the future of squash lies in understanding how to embrace proven strategies, adeptly tailored to local contexts and the unique attributes of different facility types. SFN is structured around three core sectors: Management, Coaches, and Architecture, each guided by a set of principles that we consider indispensable to our collective success.
ESF extend an invitation to all interested parties to join us on this exciting journey of discovery and innovation. The SFN is more than a network; it is a vibrant community of passionate individuals who share a vision for a brighter future for squash in Europe and beyond.
The overall vision is to create 10 000 additional courts in Europe within 10 years!
The SFN will be led by Director Markus Gaebel, former Managing Director of Courttech and International Sales Manager at ASB. He said: “While it’s recognised that some countries see more closures than openings of squash courts, often due to high real estate values and the obsolescence of old facilities, SFN aims to reverse this trend.
“By showcasing successful strategies from venues that have adapted to the evolving demands of recreational sports and have become highly successful, SFN intends to provide inspiration and guidance for other facilities. Through sharing best practices, SFN hopes to stimulate growth and encourage the modernisation of squash venues to meet and exceed the contemporary needs of sports and fitness enthusiasts.”
Thomas Troedsson, President of the ESF, added: “I extend an invitation to join us on this exciting journey of discovery and innovation. The SFN is more than a network; it’s a vibrant tapestry woven by passionate individuals like you who share a vision of a brighter future for squash in Europe and beyond.”