Published on September 19, 2014
BREAKING IT DOWN The WSF manages a whole raft of World Championships e.g.: Men’s and Women’s World Teams, Men’s and Women’s Junior Individual and Teams, World Cup, World Doubles And world conferences include: World Referee Conference, World Coaching Conference, WSF Conference and AGM, World Development Conference, Federations Management Conference. Until now, member nations wanting to apply to host any of these have simply applied as a country for the opportunity. What this has meant is that there has been no certainty that regions of the world will have a share, secure a range of events over time nor be able to lay plans several years ahead if they wish. (Oh, and as an aside, no longer can countries bid without specifying the actual venue, so suitability can be assured prior to acceptance). This has changed with a new system being initiated now where the five regions of the world have been allocated all the WSF events and conferences right through to year 2020. Countries interested in hosting an event or conference, that has been allocated to their region, will apply to become the choice of the region and so be put forward to WSF for approval. A fairer spread, more certainty, better all round. _________________________________________________________________ SPLIT STRANDS The WSF Development and Coaching Committee has a very wide remit. From introductory tools and approach to the elite qualification and activity end of the spectrum. So now, within the overall umbrella, two panels have been put together featuring specialists from across the regions. This will ensure an even tighter focus on all facets of the coaching and development area by the committee. The WSF Development Panel within the Development & Coaching Committee will undertake the following: Encourage the development of squash, not only in countries where it is a new sport but also where it is already well-established. Link with regional federations, and in conjunction with them advise members on all development matters, primarily by the production of templates for local use, supplemented by support via the group of WSF specialists in the Development and Coaching Committee and via “best practice” on the WSF website. Development matters to include grassroots development programmes, promotions and marketing, mini squash, basic ideas on facilities design and construction and other relevant matters as determined by the committee overall. Panel Members will identify needs for development projects in their regions and recommend activity plans to the WSF for resources and funding. The Panel will organise a Development Conference on a biennial basis and may run coaching clinics in new and developing squash nations where funding permits to help develop the game especially amongst youngsters. As part of this, in addition to the WSF Coaching Conference every two years, in the intervening years starting 2012 a WSF World Development Conference will be held and so allow for even more targeted content. This year’s WSF World Coaching Conference will be held alongside the Australian Open in Canberra with two full days and two half days of activity on 9 – 12 August. The theme will be Working with Elite. Coaches interested in attending will soon be able to find the details at the WSF website www.worldsquash.org . _________________________________________________________________ PRESIDENT, PADERBORN’S PATRON The Patron of the 23rd Men’s World Team Championship 2011 is no less than President of the Federal Republic of Germany His Excellency Christian Wulff, a real boost for the championship. _________________________________________________________________ OBITUARIES JACK FLYNN The world of squash is saddened to hear of the death on 1st March of Jack Flynn aged 71. Jack, a jovial Dubliner was very well known in elite squash circles even before he became a WSF referee in 1990. He was officiating at events across the world until his retirement in 2000, but since then remained an active WSF assessor, dispensing wisdom that has helped so many referees improve their craft until suffering a severe stroke last month. The world of squash offers sincere condolences to his wife Breda and two sons and two daughters. They have lost a lovely man.