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Published on : Friday, December 11, 2015
The Seychelles Squash Association (SSA) was first founded in 1969 and became affiliated to the World Squash Federation as an Associate Member in 1987. The first squash court, now part of the Mont Fleuri Sports Complex, was built by students from the Seychelles College in 1967/8. Squash the racket sport was then built into the College’s sport curriculum. A second court was built in 1990, sponsored by many major businesses in Seychelles, which caused the sport to thrive at the courts ever since, and even promote successful international competitions for both genders in the 90’s, although membership is never as many as the SSA would wish to see.
The SSA is a non-profit organisation with only modest subscriptions. It is affiliated to the National Sports Council of Seychelles which is very supportive of the SSA’s activities and development.
Squash is a great game which, because it is an indoor sport, can be played in all weathers, day or night. It carries many benefits, not only physical but it also promotes strategic thinking. It is recognized as a great stress reliever for those in busy occupations and can provide players with a full work out in just 40 minutes. The courts are also equipped with shower facilities.
The SSA is keen to encourage all Seychellois and non-Seychellois of any age (and especially juniors for the future of the sport) to participate in social games, leagues and open and closed tournaments as may be played from time to time.
Contrary to beliefs that Squash is an Elitist sport, Membership details and other costs are as follows:
– Annual membership is SCR600.00 for adults but with no charge for Juniors up to the age of 18.
– Purchase of Door Key is SCR100.00 (for convenient access)
– Electricity Token is SCR10.00 for a 40 minute session.
With present regular numbers of players, play tends to be on a first come, first served basis, with no formal court booking structure currently in place. The evenings of Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays tend to be busiest, otherwise the squash courts are easily accessible at any time. The contact person for all matters relating to membership, subscriptions, purchase of tokens etc. is Ms Eva Alphonse, Administration Officer, who may be contacted on her mobile: + 248 2597190. Any interested parties may also contact the Chairperson or Tournament Organiser respectively:
For 2016 there are six tournaments already arranged and each supported by a business sponsor. Full details of the tournaments and applicable dates can also be found on the Seychelles Tourism Board social media platforms.
All knockout tournaments include a Plate competition for first game losers and where there is sufficient demand, a Juniors competition will be played concurrently with the main tournaments. In mid-2016, should the demand be there, a ladies only tournament will also be organised, again to run concurrently with the main tournaments.
The last two years has seen a much expanded tournament structure which has been supported by an increasing number of competitors, culminating in our last tournament which saw, for the first time in many years, a full 32 place draw.
The SSA would like to expand membership wherever possible and, especially, amongst younger players. For beginners, the SSA offers coaching and will lend racquets and balls, together with covering the costs of lighting. Beginners need only provide for themselves squash/sports shoes which MUST have non-marking soles.
Squash is now a recognized sport for the Commonwealth Games and Seychelles sent players to compete in Glasgow, Scotland in 2015. There are real opportunities for all those sufficiently interested and committed to play regularly, train and improve with the opportunity to represent Seychelles at an international level.
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